No Direction Home

A pioneering project featuring stand-up comedians from refugee and migrant backgrounds

No Direction Home is a pioneering project produced by Counterpoints Arts featuring stand-up comedians from refugee and migrant backgrounds, mentored by award winning comedian Tom Parry.

Counterpoints Arts runs No Direction Home as part of our Pop Culture and Social Change (PopChange) programme. Created in partnership with Camden People’s Theatre, it’s an ongoing project of workshops, mentoring and performance for new comics from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Since 2018 they have performed gigs around the country, including at the Southbank Centre in London.

Guest headliners including Romesh Ranganathan, Nish Kumar, Rosie Jones, Joel Dommett and Suzi Ruffell have also spent time with the group and shared tips and advice. Media coverage has included BBC News and BBC World Service.

Nish Kumar says: “The No Direction Home comedians are a very exciting, interesting and creative bunch of people to be around. And they are very funny! The material is really good.”

In 2020 No Direction Home has been running new groups online and staging our very first gigs on Zoom. We’re confident that working digitally will help us to reach more people than ever.

For Refugee Week 2020 we produced three online gigs with different partners, reaching a total online audience of more than 800 people.

In autumn 2020, following a Zoom performance in Edinburgh we ran a No Direction Home virtual UK tour reaching live online audiences of almost 1,000 people.

There are also new stand-up groups with refugees & migrants, either in partnership with or partly inspired by No Direction Home, being set up in Brussels, Coventry and Bristol.

Media coverage

Feature article by Brian Logan in The Guardian
“Coached by Tom Parry, the comedy collective No Direction Home are bucking stereotypes about refugees and migrants – and thriving online during lockdown”

Feature article in Red Pepper magazine
“With casual xenophobia a comedy circuit blight, No Direction Home is a welcome tonic.”

Feature article in Shado magazine
“Performing makes me feel empowered”

View the No Direction Home YouTube playlist

Watch Tom Parry chatting with Nish Kumar about No Direction Home on Facebook Live