Raising some laughs and hopefully some cash, the Scottish Huntington’s Association SHA is hosting a charity gig as part of the Glasgow Comedy Festival this week.
Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year 2016, Joby Mageean, headlines at Broadcast on Sauchiehall Street this Friday (March 17).
Geordie Joby uses comedy as a coping mechanism to deal with all his real problems in life, such as an awful disease that left him with no immune system, a lack of money and other quandaries.
He’s backed by BBC Asian Network regular Rahul Kohli, a regular performer on BBC’s Asian Network, and the brains behind the hugely successful Tennents Comedy Basement, Jim McCreadie.
The SHA is the only charity in the country supporting families living with the degenerative neurological condition Huntington’s disease (HD) through a team of specialist nurses, their world leading youth support and a financial wellbeing service.
HD is an incurable genetic brain disorder that usually starts between the ages of 35 and 45 years. It causes three main groups of symptoms: changes to thinking processes – a type of early onset dementia, loss of muscle control and involuntary movements which lead to loss of speech and swallow and mental illness. As it progress those affected will need 24 care. It is also hereditary with each child of those diagnosed at 50% risk developing the disease.
It is estimated there are around 1100 people living with HD in Scotland and about 5000 potentially at risk.
‘Even if you’re going to a show later why not make a proper night of it and catch us early evening. It all for great cause,’ said Joby.
Show starts 18.30, tickets £7 on the door.