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David Walliams ‘Exhausted’ by 24 Hour Comic Relief Show

14th March 2011

As Red Nose Day draws closer, the stars are out in force, including comedy writer and Little Britain star David Walliams who hosted a tiring day-long panel show marathon to be shown (in shortened form!) on BBC3 over three nights this week.

Walliams admitted his 24-hour experience was exhausting.

The comedian had his own TV channel for the weekend and was joined by gameshow stars including Keith Harris and Orville, Jedward and Christopher Biggins who took part in 20 shows in 24 hours for Comic Relief.

Other guests included Jack Dee, Stephen Fry, Miranda Hart, David Mitchell, Dara O’Briain, Paul O’Grady, Sue Perkins, Jo Brand, Jimmy Carr, Lee Mack and Charlie Brooker.

Programmes included Just A Minute, the Generation Game, Blankety Blank, Through The Keyhole, They Think It’s All Over, Room 101 and What’s My Line.

The witty banter was watched by millions on the internet as Walliams took his seat on the Would I Lie to You panel alongside comic Sean Lock and singer Jamelia.

A whole day later the Little Britain star finished his stint trading quips with guests including model Alexa Chung and Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant as the Never Mind The Buzzcocks host yesterday lunchtime.

Yawning afterwards, David, 39, said: “It’s like I descended into madness! It was fine, but it takes its toll. I was a little bit delirious towards the end.”

Highlights included Paul O’Grady hosting Blankety Blank, and admitting he didn’t know the rules. “I had no idea when I did the show – I did 72 of them – 60 p****d and 12 on drugs!” he quipped.

Asked what the worst show was, he said: “The most frightening was Whose Line Is It Anyway, you have to do those improv games and I don’t know how to do it.

Lionel Blair was very bossy, we had some amazing people, we had Jedward and Germaine Greer next to each other. Who would think that would happen?"

Comic Relief veteran David raised £1million swimming the English Channel in 2006 and is thought to have raised hundred of thousands with this latest stunt.

Comparing the two events, he said: “I trained for a long time to swim the Channel so I was kind of ready to do that.

“With this I had less sense of how it was going to work out because I didn’t know how I would be after staying awake for so long.”

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