Teenage Cancer Trust: Comedy: New headliners: Dara O'Briain, Sara Pascoe & Desiree Burch

Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall in association with Aldi 



20th March 2018

Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall returns for the event’s 18th year and is set to be another special one. As well as welcoming some of the UK’s biggest music stars, Teenage Cancer Trust also welcomes some of Britain’s best-loved comedians for an evening of laughter.

Dara O’Briain, Sara Pascoe and Desiree Burch have been added to the line up, alongside comedy heavyweights Greg Davies, Paul Chowdhry and Mo Gilligan.   

The comedy night host, Russell Howard, will guide the audience through an exciting evening of comedy, continuing the long tradition of the cream of British comedy joining forces for a unique and unforgettable night of laughs.

Since 2000, numerous well-known comedians have performed for Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall raising over £27 million for young people with cancer. Those incredible shows have played a vital role in helping the charity to provide 28 specialist cancer units and over 60 nursing and support staff in NHS hospitals across the UK, making an incredible difference to young people diagnosed with cancer around the country.

Russell Howard is one of the UK’s most successful comedians, with over 3.2 million Facebook fans and 1.2 million Twitter followers. This will not be Russell’s first time at the Royal Albert Hall, as during his 2017 world tour, Russell broke the record for the most consecutive nights performed at the venue, selling out ten shows in a row. The tour, which culminated in Russell’s Netflix Special, Recalibrate, ran for 81 dates across 12 countries. Russell is also the host and writer of his own hit show, The Russell Howard Hour, on Sky One. Previous to this, Russell appeared in 96 episodes of Russell Howard’s Good News, which was BBC Three’s best ever performing entertainment show and last year, the first series of Russell’s travelogue series, Russell Howard & Mum: USA Road Trip, became Comedy Central UK’s highest rating original commission.

New addition to the bill is Dara O Briain, who will be performing an exclusive set at the Teenage Cancer Trust comedy night. Dara is best known for hosting BBC’s Mock the Week, Robot Wars, Stargazing Live, The Apprentice: You’re Fired, Dara & Ed’s Great Big Adventure and Three Men In A Boat and Dara O Briain’s Go 8Bit. Dara has released five best-selling DVD’s with Universal Pictures and his new show ‘Voice of Reason’ will be touring the world in 2017-2019.

Joining Dara is comedian Greg Davies. Greg is the writer and star of the hit Channel 4 sitcom, Man Down. He first became known as the infamously psychotic Head of Sixth Form, Mr Gilbert, in The Inbetweeners (Channel 4), and as Ken in Cuckoo (BBC3) – which earned him a BAFTA nomination. Greg is also the host of Taskmaster (Dave). Taskmaster was both BAFTA and Emmy-nominated in 2017, and won Best Entertainment Show at this year’s Broadcast Awards. Greg’s debut stand-up show, Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog, was nominated for an Edinburgh Comedy Award. He returned for another sell-out tour, The Back of My Mum’s Head, in 2013 – which was followed up with a best-selling DVD. Greg has just finished the extension leg of his biggest-ever tour, You Magnificent Beast, which will be released as a Netflix Special later this year.

Over the last year multi award winning Sara Pascoe has starred on Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief (making it to the Final); adapted Pride and Prejudice for the Nottingham Playhouse/ York Theatre Royal; filmed a solo stand up special for TV: Sara Pascoe Live from the BBC; hosted an episode of Live at the Apollo and appeared as a weekly guest on Frankie Boyle’s New World Order. Sara has appeared on television shows ranging from Have I Got News For You, QI and Travel Man and filmed and co-stared in the most recent WIA series. Sara is currently writing her second book, Sex Power Money, and has a radio series The Modern Monkey on BBC Radio 4. Following sold out runs in the West End and the Edinburgh Festival, Sara will tour her live show, LadsLadsLads this autumn.

Star of Taskmaster, Stand Up for the Week, and Live at the Apollo, Paul Chowdhry, will also be gracing the stage on 20th March. Paul embarked on his Live Innit tour in Autumn 2017 and huge demand for tickets led to the entire run selling out, and Paul becoming the first British Asian stand-up to sell out the 10,000-seater SSE Wembley Arena. The performance was voted into the SSE Live Awards’ Top 10 events of 2017 and Paul’s tour was then extended into Spring 2018, and has since stretched further into 2018 to meet demand – with a further 36 dates added so far. With success across Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter, Paul’s video posts frequently receive over a million views – with some reaching over 5 million views.

Desiree Burch is a comedian, writer, solo performer, actor and NY-to-London transplant. She has appeared on ‘Have I Got News For You’ (BBC), ‘Live at the Apollo’ (BBC), ‘Frankie Boyle’s American Autopsy’ (BBC), ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’ (Channel 4) and ‘Before the Morning After’ (NBC/SeeSo). Radio wise she has appeared on ‘The News Quiz’ (BBCR4) and voiced Pamela Winchell on #1 international hit podcast ‘Welcome to Night Vale’, as well as featuring on other podcasts, ‘The Guilty Feminist’, ‘Made of Human’, ‘Dumb White Guy’, ‘Friends Like Us’ and ‘Writing Excuses’. Her past two solo Edinburgh Shows ‘This is Evolution’ and ‘Unf*ckable’ have been sell out hits.

Mo Gilligan will also be performing on the night. He is the UK’s fastest rising social media star with an online reach running into the multiple millions. With his high-energy style and stunning physicality, Mo creates his own shortform comedy content across a range of platforms. His sketches regularly go viral and he has collaborated with the likes of The BET Awards, Disturbing London, Unilad, Wall of Comedy and Link Up TV, to name a few. Mo’s debut Coupla Cans Tour sold out in minutes, including Birmingham’s 1000 seater O2 venue. In 2017 he also appeared as a brand ambassador for Adidas alongside Stormzy, sent Instagram into a meltdown when international superstar Drake quoted one of his catchphrases, hosted Tinie Tempah’s Ibiza closing party performing to over 10,000 people and consistently hit well over a million views for every new sketch offering he has released on social media.

2018’s impressive line-up adds to an extraordinary legacy that has seen unique, once in a lifetime comedic performances from the likes of Jo Brand, Russell Kane and Michael McIntyre.

Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall was conceived and curated by the charity’s Honorary Patron Roger Daltrey CBE, the legendary frontman of The Who, and he still plays a vital role in making the shows happen.

This year’s shows are once again generously supported by headline sponsors Aldi who are aiming to raise £5m for the charity, alongside associate sponsors American Airlines and Tangle Teezer.


Monday 19th March – Sunday 25th March 2018

Monday 19 March - UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey, supported by Hollie Cook, Three The Hard Way - Dennis Bovell, Brinsley Forde and David Hinds and special guest David Rodigan MBE

Tuesday 20 March - An Evening of Comedy hosted by Russell Howard, feat. special guests: Dara O’Briain, Greg Davies, Sara Pascoe, Paul Chowdhry, Desiree Burch and Mo Gilligan

Wednesday 21 March - Nile Rodgers & CHIC 

Thursday 22  March - Roger Daltrey

Friday 23 March - Courteeners performing St Jude

Saturday 24 March - Kasabian

Sunday 25 March - Def Leppard 

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Notes to Editors

About Teenage Cancer Trust
Teenage Cancer Trust makes sure the seven young people aged 13 to 24 diagnosed with cancer every day don’t face it alone. They help young people and their families deal with the many ways cancer affects your body, mind and life. The charity works in partnership with the NHS, providing expert staff and specialist units in Principal Treatment Centres for cancer, and bring young people together so they can support each other.

Teenage Cancer Trust also give presentations in schools so young people understand more about cancer and go to the doctors earlier. And they help medical professionals and politicians understand why young people with cancer need specific support.

Almost half of young people with cancer are not treated in Teenage Cancer Trust units. Instead they are treated in hospitals where there isn’t the same level of expertise, and they might never meet another young person with cancer. This is a scary and lonely experience. This must change. So Teenage Cancer Trust are building a wider Nursing & Support Service within the NHS to help all young people, wherever they receive treatment.

Teenage Cancer Trust relies on donations to fund our vital work. Find out more, get involved or make a donation at www.teenagecancertrust.org

Teenage Cancer Trust is a registered charity: 1062559 (England & Wales), SC039757 (Scotland)

March 5, 2018 12:30pm ET by The Outside Organisation  

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