Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

Flying comics join smile high club

Craig Glenday from Guinness (centre) presents the certificate to comedians Dara O'Briain (right), Jack Whitehall and Jon Richardson (left)
Craig Glenday from Guinness (centre) presents the certificate to comedians Dara O'Briain (right), Jack Whitehall and Jon Richardson (left)

Comedians including Dara O Briain have set a new world record for the "highest stand-up comedy gig in the world" in aid of Comic Relief.

O Briain joined Jack Whitehall and Jon Richardson on board a British Airways flight to perform the "smile high gig" in front of a captive audience of 180 passengers made up of guests and prize winners.

The plane climbed to 35,000ft for the 45-minute gig but O Briain, who performed last, joked: "I told the captain I'd bang twice on the locker like this when I was on - so he can take the aircraft to 37,000ft and beat Jack and Jon's record."

Whitehall said: "I was looking forward to today - after all, it's the only gig where people can't walk out. If you want to heckle you'll have to press the call button."

The gig, hosted on board a BA A321 aircraft flying from London Terminal 5, raised almost £100,000 for Red Nose Day.

British Airways Captain Brian Connolly said: "It was an honour to captain this very special flight.

"I'm proud to be able to say that I'm a Guinness World Records holder, and of course - member of the Smile High Club!"

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