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Stars turn out for charity comedy gala
31 March 2010
Last updated at 13:04 BST
Britain's top comedians and other stars from TV have turned out in London to help raise money for a children's charity.
Christine Bleakley looks glam at a star-studded comedy charity gala hosted by Channel Four at London's 02 Arena. The presenter also did her own stand-up routine.
Gavin and Stacey stars Ruth Jones and James Corden were also there to do a sketch. The event was held in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital for sick children.
Rob Brydon, another Gavin and Stacey favourite, has a laugh at the ceremony. Brydon is working on a project with Steve Coogan. He said: "We've just been shooting The Trip in the Lake District. It's he and I going round reviewing restaurants."
Jonathan Ross made fun of his Film 2010 successor Claudia Winkleman as he helped host the event. Ross joked: "It's great to be here but the way my career's going, it's great to be anywhere. I had to get here quick before Claudia Winkleman stepped in."
Lee Evans picked up a lifetime achievement award from fellow comic Jack Dee. Evans ended up auctioning off the award to a member of the audience for £5,000.
Alex Reid and Katie Price introduced stand-up comic Michael McIntyre to the stage but the pair got quite a few boos from the audience.
Michael McIntyre joked that Reid's middle name was "can't", which prompted the cage fighter and Big Brother winner to chase the comedian across the stage. He's keeping busy with a comedy roadshow in August and is writing a book.
Alan Carr looks happy to be in the company of so many great comedians. Carr bizarrely emerged from a wheelie bin during his routine. Others performing on the night included Noel Fielding, Bill Bailey, Omid Djalili and David Mitchell.
Bill Bailey had a laugh with Kevin Eldon, of Big Train fame. Bailey appears in the new Nanny McPhee film. He said it was great fun: "It's very different from doing stand-up because you're part of a gang. Stand-up's quite a solitary profession."
Patrick Kielty also did a turn on stage, although his close-to-the-bone joke about Michael Jackson may not go down well with some fans. The Comedy Gala will be broadcast on Channel 4 on Easter Monday at 9pm.
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