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BA to perform mile-high stand-up

15 Feb 2011 by AndrewGough

British Airways will attempt to break a comedy world record next month in support of Red Nose Day, with well-known British comedians set to perform at high altitude.

On March 12, Jack Whitehall, Dara O’Briain and Jon Richardson – an Englishman, Irishman and Northerner – will take to the air to set the record for ‘Highest Stand-Up Comedy Gig in the World’, all under the watchful eye of Guinness World Records officials.

To set the new title, all performers must be professional comedians and perform a stand-up routine lasting at least two minutes. The plane must also remain at a constant altitude throughout the routines.

The attempt will also be witnessed by 180 passengers on board the dedicated A321, which takes off from London Heathrow T5 before flying over the UK on a two and half hour round-trip. 75 pairs of tickets are being given away in a competition – full details are available on facebook.com/britishairways.

The event will raise money for Red Nose Day (March 18), as part of BA’s “Flying Start” Comic Relief initiative. In its eight-month history, the project has raised half a million pounds for worthy causes. BA recently supported a visit to Comic Relief funded projects in South Africa.

Look out for BA aircraft wearing their own red noses in March, in support of Comic Relief. For information on how to support Flying Start, visit ba.com/flyingstart.

Report by Andrew Gough

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