Get ready to roll on the floor laughing because BBC Radio 1Xtra is about to drop the comedic bomb of the century!

🎤💣 Mark your calendars for Wednesday 13th March 2024, as the Hackney Empire transforms into the ultimate laughter haven for the one and only Comedy Gala hosted by the hilarious maestro, Eddie Kadi, and his squad of side-splitting comrades.

This ain’t your grandma’s garden party – this is Eddie Kadi & Friends bringing the house down with laughs, giggles, and snorts. This is your chance to get a golden ticket to the fun factory, and they’re hitting the virtual shelves today Friday 10th January 26.

Eddie Kadi, the commander-in-chief of chuckles and BBC 1Xtra sensation, is curating this comedy extravaganza that’s a celebration of both comedy legends and the fresh faces rocking the black comedy circuit. It’s like the Oscars of laughter, only with more knee-slapping and fewer acceptance speeches.

Joining Eddie on the chuckle express are headline juggernauts like Babátúndé Aléshé, Gbemi Oladipo, Kane Brown, Kyrah Gray, Michael Odewale, Ola Labib, Slim, and the marvelous Thanyia Moore. It’s the comedy Avengers assembling for a night of epic proportions!

This party is strictly 18+, so leave the kiddos at home, and with tickets starting at a mere £14 (plus a sprinkle of booking fees), it’s the steal of the century. Can’t make it to the front row? No worries! Catch the mayhem on BBC iPlayer or tune in on BBC Sounds starting early April.

But wait, there’s more! Live music vibes from Rampage Sound, and the red carpet extravaganza hosted by the one and only Joelah Noble. It’s a night where comedy meets music, meets glam – a triple threat of entertainment that’ll have you talking about it for weeks.

Eddie Kadi himself declares

“Hackney Empire is the home of Black Comedy, and I’m so proud to be hosting the BBC 1Xtra Comedy Gala, showcasing the superstars of our thriving scene alongside the next generation of new wave stars.”

Faron McKenzie, the maestro behind BBC 1Xtra, chimes in, “Hosting the 1Xtra Comedy Gala is an immense honour, and with BBC 1Xtra’s legendary presenter and comedian Eddie Kadi at the helm, we’re ready to celebrate the UK’s most brilliant comic talent.”

So, buckle up, comedy aficionados! It’s time to witness the comedy spectacle of the year, and it’s all going down at the legendary Hackney Empire. For more deets on the who’s who, tickets, and the inside scoop, hit up Laughter is guaranteed; side effects may include sore cheeks and abs of steel! 😂🎉