Tuesday, February 15, 2011

DJ's stand up for Red Nose Day...

Radio DJs to turn into stand-up comedians for Red Nose Day

Radio presenters will swap the safety of their studios for the harsh glare of the stand-up comedy circuit to raise money for Comic Relief.

comic relief Tony Blackburn and Jenni MurrayStand-up: Radio 2’s Tony Blackburn and Radio 4’s Jenni Murray
Radio 4 Woman’s Hour host Jenni Murray, Radio 1 star Dev and Radio 2 veteran Tony Blackburn are among the DJs who will brave the hecklers in a contest between the BBC’s six main stations.
Radio 3’s Tom Service, 5 Live’s Tony Livesey and 6 Music presenter Shaun Keaveny will also perform at a London club on February 22.
Murray, who has presented Woman’s Hour since 1987, said she was ‘terrified’ at the prospect of her gig.
The 60-year-old and her fellow performers are being given comic coaching before playing at the Comedy Store, with mentors including stand-ups Mark Steel, Mark Thomas, Julian Clary, Sandi Toksvig and Miles Jupp.
Blackburn said: ‘I’m petrified. Someone said to me, “It’s another challenge”. I’m 68, I don’t want another challenge – but it’s Red Nose Day.’
Livesey added: ‘I only know one joke and that is from the Chuckle Brothers.’
The DJs’ progress will be followed in a Radio 4 series next month and the winning act – voted for by listeners – will be announced on Red Nose Day, March 18.
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