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The Best of Stand Up for Towel Day

Tuesday 25th May 2021
The Internet

To celebrate the 42nd anniversary of the publication of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and the 5th year of Stand Up for Towel Day, we joined forces with Save he Rhino and Kevin Jon Davies to pull together the very best of previous Stand Up for Towel Day gigs in an exclusive pre-recorded event featuring live footage filmed between 2017 and 2020. 

Comedian and Stand Up for Towel Day founder, Rachel Wheeley (BBC New Comedy Award Shortlist, 2018) hosted this mix of comedy acts and exclusive panels with those associated with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Douglas Adams. 

Highlights included:

  • Performance on The Meaning of Liff from John Lloyd (QIBlackadder)
  • Panel with Dirk Maggs (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the GalaxyThe Sandman) and Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)
  • Panels with Kevin Jon DaviesDavid Learner (Marvin in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), Arvind Ethan David (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency), Martin Smith & Will Adams (Adams Smith Adams)
  • Comedy songs from Mitch Benn (The Now Show, Zaphod Beeblebrox in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Live)
  • Investigative journalism from Steve Cross (Science ShowoffChaotic Adequate) who proves he has read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy more closely than you
  • The Story Beast (Sky’s Astonishing Tales of Super Unexpectedness, The Ballad of Anne and Mary) celebrates the life and work of the worst poet in the universe, Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings
  • Comedy from Paul Duncan McGarrity
  • Vogon Poetry from Cerys Bradley and Katie Overstall
  • Declan Kennedy and Jonathan Hearn team up as Ford Prefect and Arthur Dent in an exclusive Stand Up for Towel Day sketch
  • New entries from The Guide with Angus Dunican (Chaotic Adequate, Doctor Who for Big Finish)
  • Hitchhiker’s inspired poetry from The Underground Clown Club

Thank you to Kevin Jon Davies, Douglas Adams documentarian and editor of 42: the wildly improbable ideas of Douglas Adamsfor making the footage available.

Production Team

Rachel Wheeley

Kevin Jon Davies
Adam Shaffer

Nell Thomas
Adam Shaffer

Rachel Wheeley
Nell Thomas
Adam Shaffer
David Hill

Logo / Artwork
Trystan Mitchell

With thanks to…
Kevin Jon Davies, Jon Taylor, and all at Save the Rhino

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