Some of the UK’s most popular comedians will perform at a benefit gig for English PEN on 20 February 2017 at the Union Chapel, Islington.

You Can’t Say That! will be hosted by Nick Revell (‘exhilarating and thought provoking satirist’ The Scotsman).  Confirmed performers include: acclaimed stand-up Stewart Lee; comedian, writer and cultural commentator Shappi Khorsandi; comedian, game-show panellist, director, screenwriter, and novelist Andy Hamilton; stand-up comedian and Radio 4 star Adam Bloom; and stand-up comedian, actor and writer Jack Dee.

Further comedians and surprise guests will be announced next month.

Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting English PEN’s work defending the freedom to read and the freedom to write in the UK and around the world: campaigning for writers at risk, running creative writing workshops with refugees, taking the most exciting new international contemporary literature to new audiences and keeping free speech safe for us all.

Shappi Khorsandi said:

Whether it’s fighting fascists in the ’30s, standing up for Salman Rushie in the ’80s, or resisting the curbs on our speech rights in the age of the internet, English PEN members have always been on the free speech front line.  I’m delighted that, by exercising my own right to free speech, I can help others do so too.

Jo Glanville, director of English PEN, said:

We’re thrilled to have the support of some of the most brilliant comedians in the UK for English PEN. We can never take the right to freedom of expression for granted and this evening is the most entertaining way possible to get that message across.

Tickets are now on sale at an Early Bird rate of £20 (£15 concessions).  Full price tickets at £25 (£20 concessions) will be available from 15 December 2016.

Buy tickets on the Union Chapel website