Alex Michael from Gogglebox proud of his comedy show in Brighton

A GOGGLEBOX star who hosted a Christmas comedy show in memory of her father said it was an “amazing” night, despite several last minute cancellations.

Alex Michael, who appeared on Channel 4’s hit show Gogglebox with his family for several years, said it was an emotional but full of laughter as he remembered Andrew Michael, who died in August of the aftermath of ‘a short illness.

The comedy night, which took place at Komedia in Gardner Street, Brighton, raised funds for the British Heart Foundation and the NHS Sussex Hospitals Trust.

Alex, 31, said it was more stressful than expected after four of his eight comedians dropped out, including one on the day of the show, along with around 40 people with tickets amid fears of increased sales. Covid case.

But she said the show continued and four other comedians stepped in at the last minute to deliver a fantastic night to a full house, raising around £ 1,500 in total for charity.

Alex said: “It was a difficult night because I put a lot of effort into it, I wanted it to be a success but also at the same time I had my dad in mind all the time.

“As much as I didn’t care about actors who did an incredible job on stage, I thought about him as much. It was a strange feeling to be happy and laugh, proud of myself for such a successful evening while remembering why I was doing it.

From left to right, siblings Louis, Katy, daddy Andrew, Alex and Pascal Michael

Alex said this first Christmas will be difficult for her family, who live in Brighton, after Andrew’s death, but added that she wanted to take the opportunity to be grateful to the people around her.

She said: “I don’t think any of us are particularly looking forward to Christmas this year for this reason. It will be a little help this year. We don’t do anything too sophisticated.

“We will remember and be grateful for the family we have and for all who are still around us. Christmas for me is a time to be thankful more than anything else, so it puts even more perspective. ”

L'Argus: Two of the actors performing on TuesdayTwo of the comedians on stage Tuesday

Alex is full of praise for the comedians who stepped in at the 11th hour to make the show a success.

She said: “The last thing I wanted was for people to be uncomfortable so there was no hard feelings but a loud cry to the four comedians who took their places. It was the day after my birthday, so rather than having a good relaxing day, we tried to find replacements for the show.

The Michaels first appeared on Gogglebox in the first episode in 2013, but announced in 2014 that they were leaving as Andrew ran for Ukip in the general election.

After failing to secure the seat of Hastings and Rye, the family returned for future episodes.

In August, Gogglebox announced that the retired hotelier had passed away with his family by his side.

Andrew had appeared on the show alongside his wife Carolyne and children Alex and Louis, with their two other children Katy and Pascal also making appearances over the years. They are not coming back on the show.

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Javier E. Swan