Virtual Shake with Laughter

by Parkinson's UK in London, England, United Kingdom

Virtual Shake with Laughter
We did it
On 31st July 2020 we successfully raised £3,519 ( + est. £688.00 Gift Aid ) with 258 supporters in 29 days

Shake up your evening with a night of top-quality comedy and help us raise vital funds for people affected by Parkinson's.

by Parkinson's UK in London, England, United Kingdom



What's happening?

Our flagship comedy night is going virtual for the first time. So get the beers in, put your feet up and get ready to enjoy a fun night of laughs from the comfort of your own living room.

We have some amazing Parkinson's UK supporters and new faces joining us. Our fantastic host and veteran Shake With Laughter Manchester compere, Mick Ferry, will be streaming live from his home. Mick will be joined by Russell Kane, Rob Deering, Paul Sinha, Eleanor Tiernan, Paul Mayhew-Archer, Laura Lexx and Nathan Caton.

Plus more hilarious acts to be announced soon. Secure your ticket today!


Live stream will take place on Monday 13 July at 8pm (BST).

1593599867_swl_-_image_1.jpgYou can purchase a link to access the show via the rewards on the left, choosing the livestream link or alternatively choose our limited 'front row' seats where you will be able to interact with our comedians during the show.

You will receive your link to the livestream or front row by 6pm via email on Monday 13 July (please remember to check your junk inbox if its the first time you will have received an email from Parkinson's UK). This link is only for you, please do not share.

**If you donate (rather than select a reward) and chose to remain anonymous we will be unable to send your link. Don't panic, please simply drop us an email to [email protected] with your name before 6pm on event day and we should be able to get your link out to you.**

Who are Parkinson's UK and why are we putting on this event?


Anyone can get Parkinson’s, young or old. In the UK, around 145,000 people are already living with Parkinson’s. Every hour, two more people are diagnosed.

Parkinson’s is what happens when the brain cells that make dopamine start to die. There are over 40 symptoms, from tremor and pain to anxiety. Some are treatable, but the drugs can have serious side effects. It gets worse over time and there’s no cure. Yet.

We are the largest charitable funder of Parkinson’s research in Europe. We know we’re close to major breakthroughs and a cure.  By funding the right research into the most promising treatments, we get closer to a cure every day.

Until then, we're here for everyone affected by Parkinson’s. Fighting for fair treatment and better services. Making everyone see its real impact. 

Lockdown changed people's lives. And for many people with Parkinson's, their symptoms got worse over the last few months. Lockdown restrictions are starting to lift, and life is moving towards something more normal. But Parkinson's didn't stop for coronavirus, and neither did we. 

We've fast-tracked research to identify the support that people need right now, in this crisis. But we're not stopping there. We've relentlessly persisted with research programmes aimed at creating life-changing treatments. We're looking beyond the pandemic, restarting research that's on hold and chasing down a cure. 

For people with Parkinson's, life as normal isn't good enough. Together, we'll power breakthroughs and transform lives. 


House rules

Please be respectful towards the comedians during our show. Any guest displaying abusive or offensive behaviour will be removed and blocked immediately without warning. This includes - but is not limited to - abusive behaviour targeting race, gender, disability, age or religious beliefs. 

We politely ask you not to share your link with other people. These events are being held to support Parkinson's UK and we are raising vital funds for people affected by this condition. Please encourage others to join in by purchasing a ticket themselves.

If you experience any technical difficulties during the show please bear with us! We will have people behind the scenes working on any tech issues to get things back up and running as quickly as we can. 

Mick Ferry


Mick Ferry is established as one of the most sought after comics on the British and International comedy circuit.  One of the finest comperes around, at ease bantering with a crowd but with no shortage of first-class material, Mick performs regularly at The Comedy Store in London and Manchester, as well across the UK and internationally.  A supremely talented and versatile performer,  widely recognised as one of the most talented and original stand-ups to have emerged from the North, Mick is also an esteemed member of The Cutting Edge at the London Comedy Store and has been invited to perform alongside stand-up luminaries Johnny Vegas, Sean Lock, Peter Kay, Al Murray and Steve Coogan. Mick’s eminence within the stand-up community was further underlined in 2013 when he won the Best Live Stand Up Award, as voted for by his contemporaries.

Mick has been a regular fixture at the Edinburgh festival since his debut in 2004, with solo shows including The Missing Chippendale (Body Issues) in 2010, Sod It in 2011, Mick Ferry Has Been Found Wanting in 2013, and What’s Going On? in 2014. Mick most recently returned to the Edinburgh Festival in 2015 with his most recent live show: Mick Ferry is Just A Bloke.  

As good as it gets… highly original and hilarious” Big Issue

Keeping the art form of the belly laugh alive… Mick Ferry isn’t one you should miss” The Mirror

Performs with style and conviction… highly enjoyable” Chortle

Russell Kane


As a multi-award winning comedian, presenter, actor, social media star, author and scriptwriter, Russell Kane’s most recent appearances include his hit BBC Podcast Evil Genius (which recently returned for a fourth series), JOE podcast Boys Don’t Cry, the TV show BBC3’s Stupid Man, Smart Phone, Dave’s Comedians Giving Lectures, ITV2’s Love Island: Aftersun, ITV2’s The Stand Up Sketch Show, BBC2’s Live At The Apollo and BBC1’s Michael McIntyre’s Big Show.

Other notable television appearances include: The Celebrity Apprentice for Comic Relief 2019 (BBC1), Comic Relief /Sport Relief (BBC1), Children In Need (BBC1), Rage Room (All4), Unzipped (BBC3), Celebrity Juice (ITV2), and I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Now! (ITV2).

Russell Kane’s Right To Buy was recently broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as part of their Seriously series to wonderful reviews and is available to listen to now on BBC Sounds.

Russell is well known for his viral Facebook Kaneing videos.  For the past three years, Russell's regular topical rant videos have grown from strength-to-strength, garnering hundreds of thousands of views and constant media attention. In each episode Russell tackles a diverse range of topics and gets to grips with the talking points of the week. The success of these subsequently led to a three part Kaneing Live special broadcast exclusively on Facebook Live in 2017.

Russell's unique high energy stand-up has won him numerous awards and plaudits including winner of the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Awards for Best Show in 2010. That same year Russell went on to make history as the first comedian to win both the Edinburgh Award and Melbourne Comedy Festival’s Barry Award in the same year.

Russell has been on his latest stand-up tour 'The Fast And The Curious'  since February 2019, performing to sold out audiences up and down the country.

Russell’s previous tour, the mammoth Right Man, Wrong Age, was met with phenomenal demand causing it to be extended three times between 2016-2017, performing to sold out venues across the country and acquiring much critical acclaim.

In October 2019, Russell released his brand new book Son Of A Silverback, through Bantam Press.

Rob Deering


Rob Deering is a multi-talented comedian, musician, writer and runner who regularly performs in clubs, theatres and festivals around the world and across the UK, and has performed many-a solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe since starting out in comedy in the year 2000.

Along with fellow comedian Paul Tonkinson, he also presents and creates his own podcast, Running Commentary, where him and Paul talk about life, comedy and running… while running! Rob has supported Parkinson’s UK since 2007 through events, TV appearances, media and personal fundraising, as his dad Barney lived with Parkinson’s for many years.

Rob is Parkinson’s UK’s resident funny man and the mastermind behind the Shake With Laughter series, organising comedy events at London’s Comedy Club for the past 8 years and bringing together the very best in stand-up comedy for sell-out evenings of entertainment. 

As Parkinson’s UK’s Champion of Running, Rob has completed the London, Berlin, York and New York marathons, passing his £100,000 fundraising target in 2018 and recently committing to raising a further £100,000 in memory of his dad.

As sharp and versatile as a Swiss Army Knife” The Independent

Paul Sinha


Comedian Paul Sinha was born in the UK to Bengali parents and the family medical dynasty. Whilst studying medicine in the 1990s, Paul took his first steps on the stand-up comedy circuit. He pursued both careers and at the 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe earned a nomination for the highest accolade in live comedy, the Edinburgh Comedy Award. Shortly after his nomination, Paul hung up his stethoscope to become a full-time comedian.

Paul is a familiar voice on radio and face on television with appearances on Just A Minute, The News Quiz, Fighting Talk, QI, Would I Lie to You? and Taskmaster. His own Radio 4 series 'Paul Sinha's History Revision' won the Rose d'Or for radio comedy in 2016. A lifetime of curiosity and learning informs Paul's comedy but now also ranks him as one of the UK’s finest quizzers. This has led to yet another concurrent career, this time as a general knowledge expert on the award-winning ITV quiz show, The Chase. 

"One of those comedians who makes you realise the power of stand-up comedy and the respect it deserves as an art form." Yorkshire Post

"This is what a good stand-up should be. Hilariously funny, passionate and articulate." Chortle

"Well on the way to earning himself a place in the pantheon of comedy greats."The Scotsman 

Paul Mayhew-Archer


Paul Mayhew-Archer's writing credits include 'The Vicar of Dibley’, ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ and the screen version of ‘Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot’ starring Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman. He produced the much loved Radio 4 shows ‘I'm Sorry I haven’t A Clue’ and ‘Old Harry’s Game’, and as a script editor he worked on everything from ‘Spitting Image’ to ‘Miranda’. In 2011, at the age of 58, Paul was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and decided to carry on laughing. In 2016 he made a documentary, ‘Parkinson’s: The funny Side’, and in 2017 he started doing stand-up about the condition for Parkinson’s UK, first at the Royal Albert Hall then at The Comedy Store. In 2018 he performed his first One Man show, ‘Incurable Optimist’, at the Edinburgh Fringe and last year - taking full advantage of his bus pass and senior rail card - he took the show on a nationwide tour.

Very funny, and moving too” – Richard Curtis

I know Paul as ‘F***wit’. He’s always been very funny, but now he has Parkinson’s, he’s ‘F***wittier’” – Dawn French

Eleanor Tiernan


Nathan Caton


Nathan Caton’s charismatic and laidback style of stand-up has seen him quickly establish himself on the comedy circuit. Regarded as one of the best comics in the UK, Nathan’s award-winning combination of personal and topical anecdotes has led to appearances on Live at the Apollo, Mock The Week, Don’t Hate The Playaz, Channel 4's Comedy Gala, Russell Howard’s Good News and his own series Gran Jury. Nathan is also a well-known voice on BBC Radio 4 with appearances on The Now Show, News Quiz and his sitcom, Can’t Tell Nathan Caton Nothing.  A huge football fan, Nathan has also appeared several times on the BBC Premier League Show as well as his ever-growing podcast, Nathan Caton’s Football Forum.

"A comic well worth catching any chance you can" One4review

"Funny, clever and a pleasure to listen to" Broadway Baby

"A charming and convincing operator" The List


Parkinson's UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (258197) and in Scotland (SC037554).


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

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Livestream link

You'll receive an email with your livestream link by 6pm on Monday 13 July.

£10 or more

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Front row seat

This reward allows you to interact with our comedians, and you'll receive your exclusive link to our 'front row' seats by 6pm on Monday 13 July

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