BBC star excited by charity comedy event in Sheffield

Radio 4’s comedy star Alfie Moore says this year’s lineup of regional business leaders at charity event Funny Business are the funniest yet.

The event is in its sixth year, with funds being raised for Weston Park Charity Hospital.

The participants include two charity trustees, the regional head of KPMG, a GP, a Meadowhall Marketing Director, a Managing Director at Cascade Water Systems and Sales Director at Bauer Hallam FM.

Mr Moore, star of Radio 4’s comedy show It’s a fair cop, said he was very impressed with the talent on show in this year’s lineup.

“I think they’ll absolutely tear the roof off in front of a packed City Hall tonight. It’ll be a fantastic night,” he said.

Performers underwent an intense five-week training period under Mr Moore’s guidance to prepare for the event.

“In the beginning, I said that wouldn’t be enough time to train them to perform in front of 500 people,” he said.

“But we gave it a try, and the first few went very well and now we have more people coming and more money raised each year.”

Each contestant will perform a five-minute stand-up comedy routine in front of the audience and a panel of judges.

It has already raised £125,000 for Weston Park Hospital, the region’s only specialist cancer hospital, in its previous years.

It is expected to add another £30,000 tonight, having already surpassed their £15,000 target.

Tina Harrison, Deputy Director at Weston Park Cancer Charity, said: “It’s a hugely enjoyable night out and one of the hardest challenges our contestants will face.

“We can’t wait to see what punchlines they will deliver whilst raising vital funds to support Weston Park Hospital.”

The money raised for Weston Park will fund support not available to the NHS, including practical help, emotional support and enhanced care for those living with and beyond cancer across the region.

To sponsor any one of the contestants individually and help raise funds for the charity, visit the event’s JustGiving page.