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BBC presenters attempt humour

A host of BBC Radio presenters including Tony Blackburn and Shaun Keaveny are trying their hand at Stand Up in aid of Comic Relief.

Together with Dev, Tom Service, Jenni Murray and Tony Livesey, they'll be competing for title of Stand Up for Comic Relief Champion 2011.

The BBC says the [i]fearless sextet will compete in a test of wit, bravery and sheer silliness by trying their hand at stand-up comedy, in front of a live audience, in order to win the votes of the listeners at home and most importantly raise lots of money for Comic Relief.[/i]

Over the following two weeks each of the fledgling comics will be mentored by a different professional comedian, who will help them develop and perfect a three-minute stand-up routine.

Tony Blackburn says: "I'm a great admirer of stand-up comics but I've never wanted to be one. I have a reputation for corny gags but on radio it takes 10 seconds then I put a record on – I don't have to rely on getting a reaction. I'm petrified! Someone said to me 'It's another challenge' – I'm 68! I don't want another challenge but it's Red Nose Day!"

The results will be announced on Red Nose Day, on March 18th.

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