Wednesday 20th April 2016
What better way to start 2016's shows at the ever impressive Royal Albert Hall than with a night of some of the finest comedians the country has to offer! Our compere for the week, and new Teenage Cancer Trust ambassador, Tim Lovejoy, introduced our host with the most - John Bishop. After cracking us up with jokes about being a Dad and reminding the audience how special these shows were, he welcomed Romesh Ranganathan to the stage. Earlier in the day, Romesh and Alan Carr had been chatting to us about the sort of riders comedians have vs rock stars...
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Following Romesh was a new (and hilarious) addition to the bill, Andy Askins with his (almost) decorative guitar which he told us was great to take to parties, but not play. Closing the first half was one of the UK's most highly regard comedians, and the one person John Bishop and his friends can all agree is funny, Stewart Lee. Stewart had supported us through the shows back in 2006 (on the same bill as Alan Carr) so it was great to have him back!
Every year we play a film we've made to show just how important you coming to these events and supporting us is, and this year is no exception. Please take a minute to watch how important our Youth Support Coordinators are to young people going through treatment.
After the film John came on stage with 20 young people from several of our units around the country who'd come down for the day to take part in our music workshops. That was when an already incredible evening just got that bit more special. Selfies on stage had to be done, and what better backdrop for the ultimate selfie in front of 5,000 people than them all up on their feet cheering and holding up their phones' torches! Truly truly magical to see the Royal Albert Hall lit up like that.
Earlier we'd given the young people who'd come down for the workshops and to see the show control of our Instagram account - head over there to see what they got up to behind the scenes!
Seann Walsh was next up, having performed for us on the same night as John Bishop back in 2014 and also in 2011. After getting up close and personal with the audience and cracking us up with his take on veganism and having guests over it was time for the equally hilarious Josie Long. Closing the night was the Chattyman himself, Alan Carr, by which time we were all crying with laughter!
If that wasn't all enough, as an added bonus Olly Murs popped backstage after the show to say hi to the young people too!
What a night, and it's only Day 1. See you tomorrow for The Vaccines and Everything Everything!