The annual Teenage Cancer Trust comedy night returned and once again attracted a host of top comedians.

The evening was hosted by the multi-award winning and long term Teenage Cancer Trust supporter Jason Manford. He introduced some of the best names in British comedy including Jimmy Carr, Jon Richardson and Dave Spikey, as well as a hilarious set of dead-pan one-liners from Canadian comedian Stewart Francis.

Jonathan Creek and QI star Alan Davies made his long-awaited return to stand-up, and talked about going to the pub in the 1980s:
“You could drink and smoke inside and just drive home. But then when you got home, the TV was finished and there was no food as hummus didn’t exist.”

Australian musical comedian Tim Minchin wrapped up the evening with a live band to perform 3 blisteringly funny songs: Rock n Roll Nerd, Prejudice and Confessions.

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Teenage Cancer Trust

The concert was of course to raise funds and awareness for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Each night, some youngsters who have been directly helped by the Teenage Cancer Trust are invited on-stage to introduce the headliners. Tonight’s show was  introduced by 18 year old Nick, and this is his story:

“I was diagnosed with a rare type of bone cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma in August 2010, when I was just 16. My cancer was quite widespread but I finished treatment in July last year. I had to spend a whole month of my treatment stuck in hospital, in isolation. I’ve learnt a lot from having cancer as a young person. It’s often seen as an old person’s disease but it can affect every single one of us. I value things differently now and I doubt an exam will ever stress me out again! It has definitely made me appreciate my friends and family more. I’m now back at sixth form, studying for my A-levels and hoping to go to university.”

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The comedians, as well as guest presenter Richard Bacon, discuss their enthusiasm for the Teenage Cancer Trust: