Channel 4's Comedy Gala
Channel 4's Comedy Gala

Channel 4's Comedy Gala

  • TV stand-up
  • Channel 4
  • 2010 - 2016
  • 7 episodes

The nation's best known comedians perform in spectacular charity galas: the biggest live stand-up shows in UK history. Stars Alan Carr, Jonathan Ross, Jo Brand, Kevin Bridges, Lee Evans and more.

Press clippings

Alan Carr returns for Comedy Gala ad break takeover

Alan Carr will be giving a comedy makeover to six brands this year; Domino's Pizza,, MoneySuperMarket, Plenty, Premier Inn and Victorian Plumbing.

Channel 4, 27th May 2016

Opinion: mainstream v alternative - is the gap closing?

We live in interesting times for comedy. I never thought I'd see Sara Pascoe on The Graham Norton Show. Maybe the gap is closing between what we describe as alternative and what we describe as mainstream. Maybe one of the legacies of Comedy Vehicle is that it did attract comedy fans to more cerebral notions of the nature of comedy. Sadly not enough for BBC2's beancounters.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 11th May 2016

C4 Comedy Gala, review

Rattling through a conveyor belt of more than twenty comedians, this marathon event had one-liners flying so thick and fast it started to become exhausting, says Bruce Dessau.

Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard, 9th May 2016

Channel 4's Comedy Gala: the 10 best jokes

The best lines from Michael McIntyre, Katherine Ryan, Sean Lock and more.

Ed Power, The Telegraph, 8th June 2015

Radio Times review

The sixth year of Channel 4's admirable fundraising drive for Great Ormond Street Hospital. If you're an avid and knowledgeable fan of any of these acts, this might not be the best environment in which to see them, since there are an awful lot to get through. But to take the temperature of live comedy right now and see who's at the top of their game or on the up, it's ideal.

The really big names are led by Alan Carr, Michael McIntyre and Jack Dee, with Aisling Bea, Sara Pascoe and Katherine Ryan among the others to look out for. Also on the bill is sharp, politically astute South African stand-up Trevor Noah, getting in a UK gig while he can before he takes over the hallowed Daily Show in the US.

Jack Seale, Radio Times, 7th June 2015

Channel 4's Comedy Gala 2015 review

The bill featured over 20 stamina-testing acts. Another one could have been the last straw.

Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard, 18th May 2015

Channel 4 announces 6th annual O2 Comedy Gala

Channel 4 has confirmed a sixth year of its Comedy Gala fundraiser in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

British Comedy Guide, 2nd March 2015

Back at the O2 for the fifth year on the trot, the country's finest gag merchants congregate to shake a tin in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital's prospective new operating theatre. Among the assembled funny people here are Lee Evans, Jack Dee, Alan Carr, Paddy McGuinness, Warwick Davis and Derek's Kerry Godliman. It's three hours long, but worth keeping half an eye on the commercial breaks, traditionally a place for Alan Carr to pop up with some lightly mirthful advert hijacks.

Louis Pattison, The Guardian, 5th June 2014

Now a regular fixture on the stand-up calendar, this is the fifth gala raising funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.

Filmed in May, more than 20 of the country's best-loved gagsters, including Michael McIntyre, Alan Carr, Jason Manford and Jo Brand, congregated at the O2 arena in London for a marathon of laughs that's been trimmed to a schedule-friendly three hours.

Warwick Davis and Diversity get the night off to a flying start, and if past years are anything to go by, it'll be worth sticking around for the commercial breaks too - you never know who might hijack the ads to shoe-horn in even more laughs.

Jane Simon, The Mirror, 5th June 2014

Jason Byrne interview

"It's literally an impossible task for a comic. The producer told me that I had five minutes, and I said to him, 'It takes me 20 minutes to say hello in my normal shows'. But the whole thing was great fun."

Jennifer Rodger, The Mirror, 31st May 2014

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