Co­me­di­ans take cen­tre stage for a good cause

Macclesfield Express - - TVWEEK -

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.

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