29 Mar 2016

A History Of Channel 4’s Comedy Gala

Comedy is one of those brilliant things that brings people together. No matter who you are, chances are you like a laugh, and a massive long show – with all types of comedians bringing their unique acts to the stage for charity – has to be one of the best no-brainer ideas Channel 4 has ever had.

Here’s everything you need to know about Comedy Gala’s history...


It’s been going since 2010

If anything runs for longer than five years is country, it more-or-less becomes part of British establishment, so hopefully that means we’ve got many more years of epic comedy to come. Incidentally, it’s always been hosted at The O2 – since day one – because we just can’t help ourselves when it comes to an evening full of awesome comedy!


It’s all for charity

Specifically, the Comedy Gala raises money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, a truly amazing place that helps house and cure children who have very serious or rare illnesses and conditions. Because it’s so specific to children, everything GOSH offers, from the décor to the size of the equipment, is tailored to small people – and they also go out of their way to make sure families can comfortably spend time together (sometimes even live together), even if a child can’t leave.



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It works!

The first Comedy Gala raised nearly £1,000,000 and funded an anesthetic ward. The donations have been rising ever since, contributing to equipment, living conditions and even a new operating theatre that will literally save thousands of lives.


When it started, it was the biggest live stand up show in UK history

There are usually around 25 performers in total – some live in the room, with some pre-recording messages or sketches. Overall, you won’t find many events that pack that amount of comedy into one evening!


You’ll see some familiar faces

If you’ve watched the Gala before, you’ll know that some comedians love it so much they appear almost every year. Jimmy and Alan Carr are never far from a microphone, and when it’s broadcast on TV after the event, they also end up cheekily taking over some of the adverts, too. Other names you’ll be able to see this year include Michael McIntyre, Kevin Bridges, Seann Walsh, Russell Kane and a special appearance from Warwick Davies.


So, what are you waiting for?

Sure, it’ll be on TV, but they’ll almost certainly cut out the naughty bits (i.e. the best bits). And, of course, your ticket price could save a child’s life.