Channel 4’s Comedy Gala took place last night at the 02 Arena, with one noticeable absentee from the announced line-up: Noel Fielding.
Noel was initially announced as part of the show back in March, and various places around the internet still listed his involvement last week – including a noticeable Facebook promotion to win tickets. Yet Fielding did not appear, leading to some very irate messages being bandied about Twitter from expectant fans!
TVO contacted Noel this morning, to find out what happened. He had this to say:
“I couldn’t do it because I am rehearsing and filming my new tv show, Luxury Comedy, and am literally up to my neck in work! I haven’t written any new stand-up for over a year, as all my ideas are going into this series, and you can’t just go on and wing it on a bill that big and at an event that important.
I pulled out ages ago and there’s been a bit of a communication breakdown in letting everyone know! I didn’t want to disappoint anyone, and I’m really sorry if people are upset.”
We at TVO obviously understand how insanely busy Noel is right now, and we hope those who were annoyed by his absence can appreciate the rest of the bill, and the sheer importance of the cause at hand above all else. The show will broadcast on Channel 4 on June 10th for all who missed it live, and if you enjoy it, we urge you to make a contribution to Great Ormond Street.
Naturally, we’re sure that once we can all see the fruits of his labour, with Luxury Comedy – which is set to feature Tom Meeten, Steve Oram and hopefully Paul Foot too – and the book Scribblings Of A Madcap Shambleton – which is available for preorder in the TVO Amazon Store now – it will all be worth the wait! To read tantalising hints about the new show, check back with our exclusive interview.