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Comedy night raises more than £35,000 for good causes

By lowie trevena, Monday May 11, 2020

Belly Laughs normally takes place every January in pubs, restaurants and cafes across Bristol but a night of comedy has seen the project brought into people’s houses.

Belly Laughs At Home took place on Sunday, May 10 and saw organiser Mark Olver host a two and a half long live show, featuring clips from comedians and talent from across the UK.

Bristol big name comedians such as Russell Howard, Mark Watson, Stephen Merchant and John Richardson took part in the event, which raised money for four organisations based in the city, as well as acts including Jayde Adams, Morgan Rees and Jeremy Flynn.

Other familiar faces included Great British Bake Off’s Briony May with a recipe, BBC Points West’s Alex Lovell sharing a poem, and even a fun fact from Bristol24/7’s Editor, Martin Booth.

Stephen Merchant sent his love to the people of Bristol

The evening raised more than £35,000 for FareShare South West, Great Western Air Ambulance, Julian Trust and Bristol Old Vic.

Following the night, the Belly Laughs team have uploaded the show to Twitch and have kept the Crowdfunder open.

“It’s near-impossible to pick a highlight from such an incredible night,” said the team behind the evening. “We just can’t get over seeing so many wonderfully talented people celebrate our amazing city whilst raising a quite frankly unbelievable amount of money for FairShare South West, Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, Julian Trust and Bristol Old Vic.”

Jon Richardson took viewers on a virtual pub crawl

The team adds: “Of course we couldn’t go without saying thank you to everyone who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to give you the seamless final event, from social media, to Crowdfunder admin, to on-the-night tech, so many people came together to make the event what it was.

“However, none of last night would have happened if it hadn’t been for the main man himself, Mr Mark Olver. A Bristol hero!”

Watch the show at www.twitch.tv/videos/617090284 and donate at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/belly-laughs-at-home

All images: From Belly Laughs At Home

Read more: Belly Laughs At Home to raise money for four Bristol good causes

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