Intelligence Squared presents:

Armando Iannucci and Jess Phillips on Satire in an Age of Absurdity

+ Samira Ahmed

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    Tue 18 February 2020

  • Doors open: 18:00

  • £32 general admission | £20 under 26s | £15 students adv + cmsn

  • Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, Islington, London, N1 2UN.

Entry Requirements: Under 16s accompanied by an adult

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Armando Iannucci and Jess Phillips on Satire in an Age of Absurdity

Has satire lost its power in this new world of fake news and ‘alternative facts’ – when our leaders lie so blatantly and frequently, and still manage to get away with it? Or is humour a more important tool than ever to hold those in power to account? To unpack these questions, Intelligence Squared is bringing together some of the nation’s top names in comedy and politics — Armando Iannucci, Jess Phillips and Samira Ahmed. Join us on Tuesday 18th February, hear the arguments and laugh through your tears.

Estimated Times

All times are subject to change on the night

18:00 – Doors, Bar and Margins Cafe serving hot homemade food open

19:00 – Event begins

20:30 – Estimated finish

Union Chapel Bar open after the show.

Margins Cafe

Margins Cafe will be serving delicious, hot, homemade food at this event. All profits support The Margins Project, which works with people who face homelessness and crisis and is based here at the Chapel.


You must also have a ticket for this event to eat at Margins Cafe.

The Cafe opens to all ticket holders when the chapel doors open, scheduled to be 18:00 for this show.

We’re sorry, but it is not possible to make early dinner reservations for this show.


The menu will be displayed here; it normally goes up a couple of days before the show.   There will always be at least two hot meals, one of which will be veggie, to choose from, plus lighter bites such as quiche and salad.  Check out the sample menu here.

Disabled Tickets and Essential Companions

We do not have separate tickets for disabled customers – just buy a standard ticket above. Essential companions do not need a ticket, but you do need to inform us in advance if you are attending with an essential companion.

We will happily reserve a suitable space for disabled patrons with specific access requirements. Please be in contact to inform us of any specific requirements you have and the size of your party. We will reserve a space for you in the auditorium and make the appropriate notes for our staff so they can provide any necessary assistance.

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