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Review | Stand Up & Deliver


Category: TV, stand-up

Where? All4

Life Crisis verdict: the laugh we all need

Rating: 4 out of 5.

One of the joys of staying at home (and saving the world) is being able to watch binge-worthy amounts of nonsense TV (what a chore).

If, like me, your go to programmes are novelty experiments or reality junk (usually on Netflix and met with a “what are you watching?” response from your partner) then you won’t be stuck for things to watch.

Surprisingly, there are other TV channels out there.

Me: *looks at Netflix button on remote* “Other channels?!”

Take Channel 4, for example. Each year it promotes Stand Up to Cancer by hosting a series of entertaining revamps of current shows: Celebrity Bake Off and Celebrity Gogglebox to name a few.

This year it was the turn of Stand Up & Deliver, where a host of non-funny celebs were forced into doing stand-up, with the help of an established comedian mentor.

The aim was to be crowned the funniest (and least cringeworthy) performer by making a socially distanced live audience laugh, in the name of charity.

First up was Reverend Richard Coles, mentored by David Baddiel – who had a somewhat easy ride as Richard’s effortless humour entertained us all. More please, Richard!

Next up was Katie aka the queen of the cobbles (that’s Coronation Street to you non-Northern folk). She may have forgotten her lines but she pulled it back together in true Girl Power style, making mentor Zoe Lyons, and the audience, very proud indeed.

Happy Monday’s frontman Shaun Ryder was next in line. During rehearsals, having told a long story that nobody could understand, things didn’t go to plan:

Shaun: “was that good?”

Jason Manford: “you didn’t tell any jokes”

Luckily, he pulled it out the bag on the night (with the help of some cue cards).

The audience did not fall in love with dancer and Love Island’s Curtis Pritchard when his crude jokes left people cringing – he was booed off stage (yikes). In the words of Judi Love “he got up there, was so brave and did it all for charity”. Keep dancing Curtis!

But, to everyone’s surprise, it was Tory Baroness Sayeeda Warsi who stole the show. Nick Helm, actor, musician and comedian, was less than thrilled to be teamed up with a political rival. Sayeeda’s Northern, plain spoken charm and ‘I’m a recovering Tory MP’ jokes were a hit all round and she earned her place at the top of the leaderboard.

This just goes to show how tough being a stand-up comedian is, hats off to everyone involved. If you’re up for a barrel of laughs, head to All4 to watch Stand Up & Deliver. It’s all for a great cause.

Now if you don’t mind me, I’m off to practice a terrible comedy routine in the mirror.

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