Broadcaster Reverend Richard Coles, Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder, former Conservative Party co-chairwoman Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Love Island's Curtis Pritchard and former Coronation Street actress Katie McGlynn will each be paired up with an established comic who'll mentor and train them in their attempt to master the art of stand-up comedy.
David Baddiel will coach Reverend Richard Coles, Jason Manford will be tasked with shepherding Shaun Ryder, Nick Helm will guide Baroness Warsi, Judi Love will be in charge of Curtis Pritchard and Zoe Lyons will champion Katie McGlynn.
The producers say: "Comedy is no laughing matter, it takes great skill and timing to deliver a stand-up routine. The professionals have years to perfect their art whilst these celebrities have just weeks. The five famous faces will be tasked with perfecting their routine alongside their celebrity mentor before performing in a special stand-up performance. Who'll have the last laugh and get top-billing as Stand Up And Deliver Champion?"
Becky Cadman from Channel 4 says: "This joyous [factual entertainment] series is both a masterclass in comedy, and a dramatic test of character. A reverend, an actress, a politician, a reality star, and a musical legend already sounds like the start of a joke and watching them learn the craft of stand-up from five of the best in the business is brilliantly entertaining."
Sarah Tyekiff from the production company making the show comments: "Lime Pictures are excited to kick off 2021 with some unexpected one liners and a lot of laughs, with this fantastic fact ent series for Channel 4 and Stand Up To Cancer. Stand Up And Deliver has been an unforgettable format to make. With some of the UK's biggest comedy names leading the way, it's full of surprises, shocks and sheer fear as, for one night only, five brave celebrities battle it out for the biggest laughs."
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