Guinness World record for British Airways mile-high stand-up gig

Dara O Briain, Jack Whitehall and Jon Richardson (C) Geoff Caddick, PA.jpgBritish Airways has set a Guinness World Record for hosting last Saturday’s smile high gig, the highest stand-up comedy event in the world.



The airline partnered with comedians Dara O Briain, Jack Whitehall and Jon Richardson (above) and raised almost £100,000 for Red Nose Day, as part of the airline’s partnership with Comic Relief, a registered charity in the UK launched in 1985 with the mission to make people laugh while raising money.

British Airways says the comedians performed for 45 minutes at 35,000ft to 180 guests and prize winners on board flight BA9230c, operated by an A321 aircraft from London Heathrow’s Terminal 5. The flight flew over the UK for 2.5 hours and Q8 donated the fuel, the carrier says.

Whitehall had this joke to say: “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.”

Even the pilot of the flight, Captain Brian Connolly, gave in to the humour, saying he was glad to be a member of the “Smile High Club”.

You can watch a video of the event here on the BA YouTube page. (You’ll need to scroll to find it. Due to restrictions BA has set up, we’re unable to link directly).



Dara O Briain, Jack Whitehall and Jon Richardson with Craig Glenday from GWR (C) Geoff Caddick, PA.jpgDara O Briain, Jack Whitehall and Jon Richardson with Craig Glenday from Guinness World Records. Photos: Geoff Caddick/British Airways.

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3 Responses to Guinness World record for British Airways mile-high stand-up gig

  1. Mark Iliff 21 March, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    “You can watch a video of the event here.” Er, no, unless you’ve changed the link. What you can see there is a BA promo for a smartphone app.

    If you sniff around YouTube you can find 86 other BA videos where you can’t watch the event either. One of them even says “Due to copyright issues, we are not permitted to show their material in full”, which appears to be code for “we are not permitted to show their material at all”.

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  2. Will Horton 22 March, 2011 at 12:15 am #

    Hi Mark,

    When I wrote the post the BA mile high gig vid was the default vid on the BA page. As you note, BA has restrictions on its page that does not permit direct linking. I’ve since modified the post to reflect that readers will now need to hunt for the BA video. It’s too bad BA don’t allow easy linking.

    Cheers,
    Will

  3. Guinness Records 27 June, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    BA says that the comedians performed for 45 minutes at 35,000ft to 180 guests and prize winners on board flight BA9230c, operated by an A321 aircraft from London Heathrow’s Terminal 5″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 comedians perform is awesome.

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    George

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