WHITCHURCH celebrity dancer and reality TV star Curtis Pritchard is set to test his comedic talents next year as part of a new Channel 4 show.

The broadcaster is launching Stand Up and Deliver, an entertaining new two-part series in support of Stand Up To Cancer, which will air in 2021.

Curtis is one of five plucky celebrities set to be thrust into the often unforgiving world of stand-up comedy, alongside broadcaster and former Communards star Reverend Richard Coles, Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder, former Conservative Party co-chairman Baroness Sayeeda Warsi and former Coronation Street actress Katie McGlynn.

Teaching Curtis how to be funny will be stand-up comedian and radio presenter Judi Love, and she will have just a few weeks to perfect his routine before performing in a special stand-up performance.

Becky Cadman, commissioning editor for factual entertainment at Channel 4 said the premise of thrusting unlikely candidates into the world of comedy was 'brilliantly entertaining'.

"This joyous series is both a masterclass in comedy, and a dramatic test of character," said Becky. "A reverend, an actress, a politician, a reality star, and a musical legend already sounds like the start of a joke and watching them learn the craft of stand-up from five of the best in the business is brilliantly entertaining."

Stand Up and Deliver will air on Channel 4 as part of Stand Up To Cancer 2021.