Radio 4 Presenters do Comedy Stand-up for Comic Relief
A few weeks ago the diabolic minds of Comic Relief decided to get four Radio 4 presenters, team each with a mentor from the stand-up world, record potentially embarrassing tutorials and force us to do a “set” at a comedy club. Thus, Evan Davis, economics expert and Serious Person, was captured, after a considerable struggle, to be trained by Paul Merton. Professor Laurie Taylor studied under the Iranian comedian Shappi Khorsandi. Peter White, the disability correspondent, got Josie Long, and I have been advised by Milton Jones. As a sadistic twist they titled the project “Stand up with the Stars”.
We cringed. Tuesday night was the climax; this Sunday the first of the two programmes following our “journey” goes out, on March 8 the story is completed and listeners vote. The winner gets a spot on The Now Show . The worst scorer goes on Clive Anderson 's Loose Ends. So most of us are jockeying desperately for second or third place.....
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