Stand Up And Deliver. Katie McGlynn. Copyright: Lime Pictures.

Stand Up And Deliver

Channel 4 stand-up show in which celebs try comedy. 2 episodes (1 series) in 2021. Stars Richard Coles, Shaun Ryder, Sayeeda Warsi, Curtis Pritchard and others.

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Series 1, Episode 1

The five celebrities are thrown in at the deep end as their mentors put them straight on stage to gauge their sense of natural comedic talent - in some cases, very little!

Further details

The five celebrities are thrown in at the deep end as their mentors put them straight on stage to gauge their sense of natural comedic talent - in some cases, very little! Former Coronation Street actress Katie McGlynn struggles without a script to hand, reality star and dancer Curtis Pritchard teeters on the edge of a very cringey overperformance and 90s music legend Shaun Ryder, who has ADHD, has a complete mind blank and immediately forgets the stories he wants to tell the audience.

Reverend Richard Coles's mentor David Baddiel was hoping for something more original and unexpected and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi's left-leaning tutor Nick Helm cannot believe his task is to make a Tory look good.

With just fifteen days to perfect their act, Shaun and Sayeeda go back to their roots to gather material, Katie rushes to write herself a script to help overcome her nerves, Curtis is drilled in dropping the jazz hands and David attempts to push Rev Richard into darker material, suggesting he draw on his grief following the death of his partner.

Jason Manford appears to have the biggest mountain of all to climb with Shaun Ryder to coach. Despite Shaun displaying an extraordinary degree of confidence, he tells his mentor he has nothing to worry about and will just be able to wing it on the night.

Throw in an attempt to persuade a Vicar to add some swear words to his set, a Baroness in fancy dress and some excruciating practice performances and its little wonder both the celebrities - and their mentors - wonder if they've taken on too big a challenge.

Broadcast details

This episode is currently available on All 4

Thursday 25th February 2021
Channel 4
65 minutes


  1. Sunday 28th February 2021 at 11:05pm on C4
  2. Tuesday 2nd March 2021 at 1:45am on 4seven
  3. Wednesday 3rd March 2021 at 9:00pm on 4seven

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Richard Coles (as Reverend Richard Coles) Self
Shaun Ryder Self
Sayeeda Warsi (as Baroness Sayeeda Warsi) Self
Curtis Pritchard Self
Katie McGlynn Self
David Baddiel Self
Jason Manford Self
Nick Helm Self
Judi Love Self
Zoe Lyons Self
Julia Davis Narrator
Guest cast
AJ Pritchard Self
Production team
Paul Taylor Series Director
Genna Gibson Series Producer
Claudine Parrish Series Producer
Amy Tandy Producer
Andrew Jackman Executive Producer
Tamsin Dodgson Executive Producer
Martin Oxley Executive Producer
Sarah Tyekiff Executive Producer
Holly Challinor Producer/Director
Gerard McHugh Producer/Director
Ben Potts Producer/Director


Can a leftie comic teach a Tory baroness stand-up?

She used to chair the Conservatives. He used to perform in his underpants. Could Nick Helm turn Sayeeda Warsi into a comedian?

Michael Segalov, The Guardian, 24th February 2021

Review: Stand Up And Deliver

The news that celebrities would be trying their hand at stand-up on TV was initially greeted with rumblings of discontent among some comedians. Why should these famous amateurs be given air time when established practitioners can barely work, was their understandable complaint.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 25th February 2021

Stand Up & Deliver review

Five comedians mentor five celebrities - from a Tory peer to the Happy Mondays singer - in the art of live comedy for charity. Even when the jokes don't land, it's a laugh.

Rebecca Nicholson, The Guardian, 25th February 2021

Stand Up & Deliver, review

Left-wing comedian Nick Helm coached Baroness Warsi for a Stand Up To Cancer special and they made a surprisingly delightful double act.

Chris Bennion, The Telegraph, 25th February 2021

Stand Up and Deliver, Channel 4 review

Comedians teach celebrities the art of stand-up.

Veronica Lee, The Arts Desk, 26th February 2021

Stand Up And Deliver review

When I watch stand-up on TV, I can never shake the feeling that I'm staring through a tiny window at a figure far away.

Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 26th February 2021

Stand Up And Deliver, C4 review

I don't know if the best celeb comic gets a prize, but Jason Manford deserves an award for patience above and beyond the call of duty.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 26th February 2021

Stand Up & Deliver review

Never laughed at a Tory? That could change.

Carol Midgley, The Times, 26th February 2021

Stand Up & Deliver: review by Victoria Coren Mitchell

When Channel 4 tried to teach stand-up comedy, a funny thing happened...

Victoria Coren Mitchell, The Telegraph, 27th February 2021

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