What's the deal with airline comics?

Fundraising gig at 35,000ft

Three stand-ups are to perform a gig at 35,000ft in an attempt to set a record for the world’s highest comedy gig.

Dara O Briain, Jack Whitehall and Jon Richardson will be entertaining 180 passengers on a special BA flight leaving Heathrow on March 12

The Airbus A321, will fly over the UK for two and a half hours before returning to London.

O Briain said: ‘I’ve performed in some unusual places, but never at 35,000 ft. I’m really excited to be involved in this unique event.’

The stunt will raise money for Comic Relief. To be in with a chance of winning one of 75 pairs of tickets, text Fly1’ to 70300. Entry to the draw costs 50p, plus your standard network rate, and a £3 donation will be deducted unless you choose to opt out.

British Airways’ chief executive, Keith Williams, said: ‘The comedy gig in the sky is just one of several fundraising initiatives we’re involved in – and we hope it raises smiles and money at the same time.’

And from high to low – Russell Kane, Isy Suttie and Alun Cochrane will be staging a ‘lie-down’ comedy gig in London’s Leicester Square Theatre on February 28, performing sets from a bed. Email doitinyoursleep@redconsultancy.com to enter the draw for tickets.

Published: 15 Feb 2011

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