Baz Ashmawy has joined the presenter line-up for this Friday's RTÉ Does Comic Relief on RTÉ One at 8pm with the show extended as more guests are announced.
Ashmawy joins previously announced hosts Deirdre O'Kane, Nicky Byrne, Jennifer Zamparelli and Eoghan McDermott for the live show, which will bring the cream of Irish comedy, entertainment and sport together to raise a laugh, as well as much-needed funds for the Irish charity sector.
. @DeirdreOKane1's powers of persuasion are strong, the line up for #RTEComicRelief is unreal ??@daraobriain, @WeeMissBea, Derry Girls, @BigBoyler, @thejasonbyrne and so many more!— RTÉ One (@RTEOne) June 9, 2020
Let's raise more than a smile for Irish charities on Friday, June 26th pic.twitter.com/qSS1d4gy6M
Viewers have been promised "showbiz reunions and comedy sketches with unexpected celebrity collaborations, live studio performances, lip-syncs, dance and sport challenges and much more".
"I'm over the moon to be involved with Comic Relief," said Ashmawy. "After what everyone's been through the country really deserves a laugh. When I heard the line-up I was just blown away. It's going to be awesome. It's going to be a huge treat. We all get to raise a few quid for some well-deserving charities and raise a few smiles at the same time. It's a win-win."
More names are set to be added to the line-up in the coming days.
Already confirmed are: Dara Ó Briain, Hozier, Amy Huberman, Bridget & Eamon, Chris O'Dowd, Jason Byrne, Normal People's Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones, Andrew Scott, Niall Horan, Pat Shortt, Foil, Arms and Hog, The 2 Johnnies, Una Healy, Roy Keane, Conor McPherson, Aisling Bea, John Bishop, David Mitchell, Oliver Jeffers, Soulé, the stars of Derry Girls, Paths to Freedom, Waterford Whispers News, Anne Doyle, Andrew Maxwell, Ed Byrne, Roisín Ó, Jimmy Carr, Saoirse Ronan, Mairead Farrell, Risteard Cooper, Neil Delamere, Brian O'Driscoll, Lenny Abrahamson, Nathan Carter, Paul Howard, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Dustin, Ray D'Arcy, Zig and Zag, Christy Moore and Dawn O'Porter.