Coronation Street and Strictly Come Dancing stars' reality talent show gets surprise response from viewers

Hannah Lovejoy
·3-min read
Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

From Digital Spy

Stand Up and Deliver aired its first episode tonight (February 25) on Channel 4 as five celebrities prepared for a stand-up comedy gig in support of Stand Up To Cancer.

Each celebrity was assigned a comedian as a mentor, and former Coronation Street star Katie McGlynn was paired up with Zoe Lyons, Love Island's Curtis Pritchard was assigned to Judi Love and David Baddiel coached former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Rev Richard Coles.

Jason Manford helped Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder and Nick Helm guided Baroness Sayeeda Warsi.

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

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But before a mentor was assigned, each celebrity had to improvise as they were tasked with standing on stage for two minutes with no notice to perform for one another in front of the comedians.

Speaking about her experience, McGlynn admitted that she was nervous because she had no idea what she was doing.

"It's really bizarre that I have to write my own material because I'm so used to just reading somebody else's material if you will. I'm just doing what I can out of that so just to start completely from scratch myself is really daunting," she explained.

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

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But viewers were pleasantly surprised by Stand Up and Deliver and are excited to see what their favourite celebrities will put together for their performances.

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Stand Up and Deliver continues on Thursday (March 4) at 9pm on Channel 4. To find out more about the work of Stand Up To Cancer or to make a donation, please visit its website.

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