Comedians take centre stage for a good cause
Who’s your favourite stand-up comic these days? Are your funnybones tickled by the jovial and posh-sounding Michael McIntyre? Does Jon Richardson's obsessiveness and fretfulness make you roll around in fits of laughter? Or maybe Kevin Bridges’ Glaswegian manof-the-people act leaves you in hysterics? Well, if either of those three are your current number one then your in luck tonight, as the trio, along with a who’s who of the country's best comedic talent will be on the box in Channel 4’s Comedy Gala 2015 (Sunday, Channel 4, 9pm), which was pre-recorded at London’s O2 arena. This is the sixth year of Channel 4’s Comedy Gala, and once again the line-up is something to behold. Joining McIntyre, Richardson and Bridges on the bill are: (deep breath) Aisling Bea, Alan Carr, Jack Dee, Jason Byrne, Josh Widdicombe, Katherine Ryan, Jonathan Ross, Paul Chowdhry, Rich Hall, Rob Beckett, Romesh Ranganathan, Russell Kane, Sara Pascoe, Sean Lock, Seann Walsh, Shappi Khorsandi, Trevor Noah and Warwick Davis. Not only is the Comedy Gala arguably the biggest and best comedy event on the calendar, and guaranteed to be a night of fantastic entertainment, it is all done in aid of a very worthy cause. Money raised this year will go towards a brand-new operating theatre at Great Ormond Street Hospital so that the surgeons can help more children with rare and often life-threatening conditions. Tim Johnson, Chief Executive of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, said: "The money raised by the Channel 4 Comedy Gala is helping us make a real difference for patients and families from across the UK." The Comedy Gala first hit the O2 back in 2010, and was the brainchild of comedy agent Addison Cresswell. Cresswell sadly passed away in December 2013 so this year's show is being held in his honour. The past five galas have been a massive success, with a topdrawer collection of stars all giving up their time to entertain 15,000 comedy fans in the arena as well as three million-plus viewers tuning in on Channel 4. More importantly, since the first show back in 2010, millions have been raised for this fantastic cause. So in-between the laughs, dig deep and show your appreciation in the best way possible – by making a donation.
Rib-tickling Michael McIntyre performs.