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Channel 4's Comedy Gala at the O2

1st April 2010

On Tuesday evening the stars turned out for the charity Comedy Gala for Great Ormond Street Hospital. The Charity will have been thrilled to bits with this monster of a charity gig, with a very nearly packed-out O2 and a phenomenal line up of comedians and special guests.

Using the format of different hosts for each section and comedian or comedy actor guests popping up to introduce each other, plus video inserts, nobody could have hoped for more acts.

Spectacularly noisy bin-lid dance company Stomp delivered an energising start to the show, with Alan Carr tipped from a wheelie bin to host the first section. The audience adored his increasingly self-parodic shrieks, pouts and posturing.

He was followed by Jason Manford, Jo Brand, Sean Lock and Jonathan Ross. Billed as "the biggest live stand-up show in UK comedy history", Jonathan Ross introduced the next few acts, Kevin Bridges, Patrick Kielty, Rob Brydon, Andy Parsons, and Mark Watson took to the stage, before Michael McIntyre closed the first half of the show.

The second half really took off with Bill Bailey and Kevin Eldon doing some fabulous musical comedy, then the One Show's Christine Bleakley introduced Terry Tibbs from Fonejacker, Jack Dee, and Shappi Khorsandi.

Catherine Tate’s Filthy Nan introduced Noel Fielding, and James Corden and Ruth Jones in character as Gavin and Stacey’s Smithy and Nessa chavved it up and introduced John Bishop, with a great story of mistaken identity and hanging out with ‘slebs’.

The next host was David Mitchell, who brought through Jack Whitehall, Rich Hall, and lastly Lee Evans, who just blew the room apart.

Channel 4 will be broadcasting the show on Easter Monday and you can buy the DVD when it is released on April 26th. 

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