Funny man to help support group with a night of laughs

Lee Nelson, a comedy character invented by Simon Brodkin
Lee Nelson, a comedy character invented by Simon Brodkin

One of the funniest men in the country is to join one of the funniest women in Crawley for a comedy evening with a difference.

Simon Brodkin – better known as TV star Lee Nelson – answered a call from comedian Mel Moon to help her raise awareness of a support group which is very close to her heart.

Mel, of Tilgate, has problems with her endocrine system which means her stress levels in ‘fight or flight’ situations – something as simple as an argument – could kill her.

And, while the symptoms of the illness are understood, doctors are still trying to find the cause.

In an effort to tackle her own illness, Mel, 34, is trying to raise awareness of the Pituitary Foundation, in the hope others with similar problems will be able to find help.

Mel said: “There were a lot of nights I spent shaking in bed, thinking I wouldn’t wake up in the morning. They might not have happened if I had known the foundation existed.”

With the support of TeeJay Patel, landlord of The Grasshopper pub, in Ashdown Drive, Tilgate, Mel organised a comedy night and dropped a hopeful email to Lee Nelson.

Mel said: “I put all this in an email but wasn’t too sure if he could do it because he’s so busy, but he said yes.

“I thought perhaps he could do 20 minutes but he came back and said he would headline for me.”

Entertaining the crowd alongside Lee Nelson will be comedian, musicain and ‘singer of smutty songs’ Adam Kay, comedy magician Stu Turner and comedian Cerys Nelmes.

The event will be hosted by Mel herself.

Describing her joy at realising the comedy night was actually going to happen, Mel said: “It feels amazing. I’m touched and hopeful.

“The past year has been pretty hard going and these people have wrestled me out of the doldrums.

“I can’t thank TeeJay enough. This is a town I wasn’t born in and wasn’t raised in but people have just got behind me.”

The comedy night is strictly tickets only. Tickets cost £10 and will be available on a first come first served basis at The Grasshopper from noon on Friday (January 10).

The show itself will be held at The Grasshopper on January 31 at 8pm. There will be an after show party at the Octopus bar in the High Street where ticket holders will receive free entry.