As part of Channel 4’s Proud All Over programming celebrating 50 Years of Pride in the UK, Joe Lycett is to host a “big queer party”, live from his Birmingham hometown.

The two-hour special will see the comedian celebrating all things LGBTQ+ alongside a host of famous faces.

Joe Lycett’s Big Pride Party will feature celebrity guests including Rupert Everett, Heartstopper’s Joe Locke and Yasmin Finney, It’s A Sin’s Olly Alexander, comedian Mawaan Rizwan and Drag Race queens Tia Kofi and Tayce.

Confirmed to perform are Boy George and Culture Club, Steps, Self Esteem, with further announcements in due course. Danny Dyer “will make a cameo from the closet”, Rosie Jones is out on the road and comedian Jen Ives will also feature.

The show will also count down the Top 10 LGBTQ+ TV moments and the specially invited audience – made up of LGBTQ+ icons, allies of the LGBTQ+ community, and local heroes – will be sharing their own personal stories of Pride.

Joe Lycett said: “As a straight white man who works in scaffolding I’m not quite sure why I’ve been asked to host this????”

Louisa Compton, Head of News, Current Affairs and Specialist Factual and Sport who is overseeing Channel 4’s Pride season: “As a broadcaster who has proudly championed LGBTQ+ programming for forty years, we are delighted to be marking the climax of our Pride at 50 season with Joe Lycett’s loud and proud celebration live from his Birmingham hometown. This isn’t just any party – it’s a Pride party with purpose – and whilst we’ll be celebrating all that’s been achieved we’ll also be calling out where progress has stalled across the world. Watch out for some very noisy and exciting stunts.”

Steve Handley, Commissioning Editor for Entertainment at Channel 4: “The Big Pride Party is set to be an unmissable mix of joy, mischief and purpose, all with a sprinkling of the tour de force that is Joe Lycett. We are thrilled to be able to get together in Birmingham with Joe and celebrate, with Pride.”

Joe Lycett’s Big Pride Party was commissioned by Phil Harris, Head of Entertainment and Events and Steve Handley, Commissioning Editor for Entertainment at Channel 4. The 1 x 120’ programme is a Rumpus Media co-production with My Options Were Limited; the Executive Producer is Susan Maxwell, and the Series Producers are Alan Thorpe, Mark Barrett and Charlotte Barker.

Joe Lycett’s Big Pride Party will TX this Summer on Channel 4.


Jon Creamer

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