Keith Palmer, The Comedy School founder, honoured by The National Lottery
The National Lottery’s ‘Big Surprise’ – which honours the individuals who have made a real difference with the help of National Lottery funding – delivered a heart-warming surprise for Keith Palmer, founder of Camden-based project The Comedy School. The ‘Big Surprise’ is a 90-second weekly slot during the ad break of Saturday night primetime television.
Established by Keith in 1998, The Comedy School raises the profile of the many uses of comedy, from stimulating personal creativity to encouraging social skills and improving literacy. The only arts organisation of its kind in the UK, it has been able to make a difference to the lives of so many through its outreach and anti-knife crime projects.
The Comedy School’s Wellbeing Project, in partnership with SLaM Recovery College, which uses stand-up comedy and improvisation to help support those with mental health difficulties, was awarded £120,000 of National Lottery funding. Give with a GiggleThe project aims to improve people’s mental health and wellbeing by using comedy as an educational and rehabilitative tool.
Sunday Mirror article: "The Comedy School is a ground-breaking initiative in Brixton, South London and has been hailed a 'life-saver' by mental health patients"Mental Health Project
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