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Channel 4's Comedy Gala : Adam Hills, Aisling Bea, Alan Carr, Jack Dee, Jason Byrne, Jason Manford, Jo Brand, John Bishop, Jon Richardson, Jonathan Ross, Josh Widdicombe, Kerry Godliman, Kevin Bridges, Lee Evans, Michael McIntyre, Paddy McGuinness, Paul Chowdhry, Rob Beckett, Sean Lock, Seann Walsh, Warwick Davis
The UK's biggest ever stand-up show is back for a fifth year, as the Channel 4 Comedy Gala in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital returns to The O2 Arena with an all star cast from the world of comedy.
Join Alan Carr, Jack Dee, Jason Byrne, Jason Manford, Jo Brand, John Bishop, Jon Richardson, Jonathan Ross, Josh Widdicombe, Kevin Bridges, Lee Evans, Michael McIntyre, Paul Chowdhry, Sean Lock, Seann Walsh and many more, raising money for a new operating theatre at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
**Show to be recorded for Channel 4.
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
This event takes place at The O2, which has achieved Gold Status for disabled access from Attitude Is Everything.
Host of Channel 4's critically acclaimed entertainment show 'The Last Leg', top Australian funny man Adam Hills takes to the stage with anecdotes and audience participation, all delivered in his refreshingly unique, laid-back style.
Adam has enjoyed successful visits to the Edinburgh Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival, as well as being a nominee for the Perrier Award in 2001 and 2002, he has enjoyed numerous television and radio appearances, winning fans with his boundless energy, rampant spontaneity and positive take on the world around us.
'Stand up so effortlessly brilliant you wonder why some comedians even get out of bed' (The Guardian)
'… a highly accomplished, likeable and very funny stand up… get ready to belly-laugh' (Heat)
'Hills is comedy sunshine and it's rather nice to bask in his glow' (The Scotsman)
'Hills's wit is incisively dry and sharp and his observations are bitingly precise' (Sunday Herald Sun).
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Irish born, London residing, Aisling's name is pronounced Ash-ling Bee. She was named Irish Tatler's Entertainment Woman of the Year 2013 and winner of So You Think You're Funny 2013, the first woman to do so in 20 years, and only the second woman to do so in the competition's 25 year history. Expect hilarious hip-hop moves and wonderfully silly stories.
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Alan Carr is one of Britain's most successful and treasured comedians. His unique humour and effortless stage presence have earned him a catalogue of awards. His hit Channel 4 chat show Alan Carr: Chatty Man is firmly established as one of the nation's favourite entertainment TV shows.
Alan's unique warm hospitality and infectious personality have won audiences hearts, ensuring he is the perfect chat show host as he invites his A-list guests to a tipple of their choice, to let their hair down (which they often do), and most importantly have fun.
'A comedian who owns the space he is working in so much, he could put a flag up' (The Independent)
'An absolute natural on stage… a born storyteller, sheer entertainment' (London Evening Standard).
Alan Carr was named in Ents24's top 10 hardest-working comedians of 2015.
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Although he's a man of few smiles, Jack Dee's deadpan, dry humour has made him one of Britain's favourite veteran comedians. Starting his career as a stand-up comic, he first came to the small screen in the 1990s as the face of the John Smith's Bitter advertising campaign and soon became known as 'The Midget with the Widget'. By 1995, he had appeared in countless TV shows and gained an impressive array of awards. In 2001, he was the highlight of Celebrity Big Brother digging secret escape tunnels while the others were in the bath. Much to his surprise, the nation showed their adoration voting him the winner of the series. With often sell-out gigs, a chance to see this talented misery onstage definitely shouldn't be missed.
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Jason Byrne's style is a free-wheeling, high energy brand of lunacy that takes the audience on a helter-skelter tour of his offbeat mind, helped along by his curious array of bizarre props. He has performed all over the world and has a ever-growing international following.
'The outright king of live comedy' (The Times).
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Renowned for his hilarious observations and loveable, friendly delivery, Jason has been a firm favourite with comedy fans of all ages since his first solo stand-up show earned him huge critical acclaim and a nomination for the prestigious Perrier Newcomer Award back in 2005.
‘8 out of 10 Cats’ (Channel 4), ‘The Nightly Show’ (ITV1), ‘Sunday Night at the Palladium’ (ITV1), ‘Live at the Apollo’ (BBC One), ‘Have I Got News For You’, (BBC One), QI (BBC Two) and ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ (ITV1) have all helped establish Jason as a nationally known comic.
'Effortlessly entertaining' (Evening Standard)
'He's blessed with the sort of laid-back charm and sharp turn of phrase you can't manufacture' (The Daily Telegraph)
'Manford retains an affably jovial demeanour that makes him warmly enjoyable company' (Chortle)
'What Manford does best: classic, chirpy-chappie stand-up' (The Guardian).
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Uncompromising and head-on comic who will deal with issues that are sexist or sizeist with a razor sharp wit.
'Britain's funniest female comedian in years.'
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John Bishop has had an incredible career. Within three years of his first ever comedy gig, he was playing to sold out arena audiences across the country and also released the fastest selling stand-up DVD in UK history.
A strong stage presence and life experience make him a comedian who is not afraid to take chances, and this is reflected in his status as one of the best comics in the country.
What the critics say:
"Home is not only where Bishop’s heart clearly and endearingly is – it’s where his art is, too" Daily Telegraph
"His Supersonic show easily confirms that John Bishop has finally taken on the mantle of Britain’s top comic" Daily Mirror
John Bishop was named in Ents24's top 5 biggest selling comedians of 2016.
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The critically acclaimed comedian is currently a team captain on Channel 4's panel show '8 Out Of 10 Cats'. He has been an Edinburgh If comedy nominee, and was the 2008 winner for best breakthrough act in the Chortle Awards.
'He's a gentle and ever-smiling anecdotalist who sees the world in a rather skewed way... consistently funny about life and its foibles... We leave the theatre feeling full of the joys of life' (The Arts Desk)
'So good he actually bends time' (Chortle)
'Jon Richardson is developing into a quietly sophisticated comedian who is at turns hilarious and disturbing and under no circumstances should you miss' (Daily Mirror)
'One of our most individual and interesting stand-ups' (The Times)
'Sublimely brilliant, stunning' (Time Out).
Jon Richardson was named in Ents24's top 10 hardest-working comedians 2017.
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Jonathan Stephen Ross, OBE, sometimes known as "Wossy", is best known for his TV chat shows. From a cult following on Channel 4 to success with BBC 1 and now primetime Saturday nights on ITV, his career moves ever upwards.
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Guardian sports reporter turned ace observational comedian, Josh is one of the most in demand and highly regarded comedians in the UK for both his live stand-up and TV work. His TV credits include ten series of Channel 4' highly acclaimed 'The Last Leg' and appearances on 'Stand Up For The Week', the BBC's 'Mock The Week' and 'Live At The Apollo', as well as his self-penned sitcom 'Josh'.
'...Josh Widdicombe has the ability to find the sparkle in the mundane that puts him in line to be the next Sean Lock' - The Guardian
Josh Widdicombe was named in Ents24's top 20 hardest-working comedians of 2015.
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Actress and stand-up comedian, Kerry Godliman, trained at the Rose Bruford College and has since been in numerous television and theatre productions while still managing to perform regularly on the UK comedy circuit.
Also a finalist in the Babycham Funny Women competition.
'Goes for the jugular. Quick wit, frank and engaging' (The Independent)
'A great comic who oozes personality' (Evening Standard)
'She may present herself as just one of the girls, but this young Londoner has clearly got the potential to really stand out' (The Scotsman).
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Kevin Bridges, Glasgow's 'young comedy prodigy' (The Guardian) reveals his innermost thoughts on a variety of topics, from his home-land Scotland and beyond.
His unique brand of social commentary, astute observations and sharp one-liners have proved a hit with audiences, leading to an extraordinary few years for Kevin. Scotland’s biggest export has been dubbed as 'brilliant' by one of his comedy idols, Billy Connolly, and has had an astonishing rise to success. Selling out over 100 tour dates on his first ever UK solo tour in 2010, his 2012 tour, Kevin Bridges – The Story Continues… smashed box office records selling a staggering 45,000 tickets on the first day. He went on to sell out an incredible nine-show run at the Glasgow SECC Arena.
His epic 136-date tour culminated in a sell out run throughout Australia. The DVD of the same name made it to number 5 in the charts for Christmas that year.
'Truthful, natural and hilarious' (Sunday Herald)
'Britain’s best stand up' (The Sun)
'It's his eye for details that has elevated him to a MUST-SEE act' (The Daily Mirror)..
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Lee's manic energy, uncanny observations, hilarious delivery and side-splitting material have made his live performances a must-see for comedy fans worldwide. His tours and DVD releases year-on-year continue to smash sales and box office records.
'... if comedy is the new rock 'n' roll, then behold the new Elvis Presley' (The Sun).
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Smart-suited comedian from North London who has appeared on Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You and 8 Out Of 10 Cats to name but a few.
The past few years have been exceptional for Michael, performing sold-out shows in arenas all over the world. His 2012 tour, Showtime, was the biggest selling comedy tour in the world that year, playing to over 640,000 people including a
record-breaking ten night residency at London’s O2 Arena, matching the pop-superstar Rihanna’s 2011 record.
Michael has also released three best-selling DVDs: 2008’s Live and Laughing, was the biggest selling UK debut stand-up DVD of its time, Hello Wembley, which in 2009 became the fastest-selling UK stand-up DVD of all time - a record it still holds, and 2012’s Showtime, which beat its competitors to the Christmas Number One spot.
'One of the most gifted performers to emerge in years' (The Evening Standard)
'The man is quite simply top-to-toe hilarious' (The Daily Telegraph).
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Distinctively Boltonian comedian, best known for his role as Paddy the Doorman in the hit show, Phoenix Nights, and as host of Saturday night TV show, Take Me Out.
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Paul Chowdhry is constantly challenging and relentlessly inventive, his comedy fuels an eclectic set punctuated by impressive feats of mimicry and verbal dexterity. Paul's highly charged dry observational humour taps into the multicultural diversity of contemporary Britain.
Paul is inspired by comedians such as Richard Prior, George Carlin and Sam Kinison.
'One of the finest Asian comics around... A great take on multicultural Britain' (Time Out)
'Dangerous comic genius' (Eastern Eye)
'Revives distant memories of Richard Pryor at his relentless best' (The Times).
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Rob grew up in south east London in a large extended family of taxi drivers where it was a fight to be heard.
As a middle child desperate for attention he needed to be funny so was in awe of his Grandad's jokes, but only until he saw a Tommy Cooper video and realised Grandad Cook was a massive plagiarist.
'A little short of a revelation (The Scotsman)
'Relentlessly smiley, perpetually grinning Londoner whose unshowy, unpretentious but thoroughly funny shtick has every chance of winning him a big audience' (The Guardian).
'He already has the confidence of a veteran' (The Times).
'Joyous, cheek aching and touching stand up' (Shortlist).
Rob Beckett was placed in Ents24's top 10 hardest-working comedians 2016.
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Sean Lock is one of the UK's most highly acclaimed and original comedians. The British Comedy Award winner has appeared on BBC1's Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow and Channel 4's Comedy Gala. He has been a brilliant team captain for fifteen series of Channel 4's award winning panel show, 8 Out of 10 Cats. He stepped down from being a captain in early 2017.
Sean has also appeared on BBC2's QI and BBC1's Have I Got News For You, Channel 4's Alan Carr Chatty Man and BBC1's Friday Night With Jonathan Ross. He also appeared with Jon Richardson in Channel 4's highly acclaimed two-part documentary The Real Man's Roadtrip: Sean and Jon Go West.
'Lock's signature mix of absurdism and everyday observation gets more effective with each new show' (The Guardian)
'Punchy, inventive, superb... undeniably brilliant' (The Times)
'What's remarkable about Lock is how he burnishes the dross of observational platitude into gold. A comic in peak form' (The Guardian).
Sean Lock was named in Ents24's top 10 biggest selling comedians of 2016.
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Charming and charismatic, a natural motormouth, Brighton’s Seann Walsh is the most frighteningly precocious talent to emerge from the UK comedy circuit in ages.
Within two years of his first comedy performance in 2007, Seann became the winner of the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year. Shortly after, other accolades included Chortle Best Breakthrough Act Nominee 2010 and Chortle Best Compere Nominee 2011.
"Unquestionably the best observational comic of his generation" – The Guardian
"…Sharp, creative observational comedy from a precocious newcomer. See him now, before the stadium tour…" – Sunday Times
Seann Walsh was placed in Ents24's top 10 hardest-working comedians 2016.
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