Comedy, Charity, and Classic Game Shows – Zoe Lyons on Fifteen to One

Posted on 27th August 2015 by

This post was written for Impetus by Zoe Lyons

15to1 contestants incl Zoe Lyons

Above: Presenter Adam Hills with the contestants. You can find Zoe in the back row, third from the right, alongside other famous faces.

I won’t lie; being a stand-up comedian is a rather odd choice of career. There is the constant self-doubt that nags away at most comics, long hours of lonely travel and then there is always the very real risk of completely bombing on stage in front of a couple of hundred people. Having said all that it can also be the best job in the world and it has provided me with some unique opportunities. In particular I have been asked to take part in a number of television game shows in aid of charity in the past couple of years and I have a Mastermind trophy to prove it (I won with a rather low score…but hey, a win’s a win)!

Most recently I appeared in a remake of the 80s classic telly quiz show Fifteen to One, due to air Friday 28th August on Channel 4. Again, all of the “celebrity” contestants were competing to win money for the charity of their choice. I think these shows are a great opportunity for people to highlight smaller charities that perhaps don’t get as much press attention as more recognised national organisations. I am also keen to try and support causes in Brighton and Hove, the city that has been my home for the past 11 years and a place I love dearly. I had recently started volunteering for the Neighbourhood Care Scheme and so I nominated B&H Impetus as my charity because they are a small charity that makes a big difference to people’s lives.

I can’t tell you how I did; needless to say I carried with me the hope that because there were 15 of us on the starting blocks statistically there was less chance of me looking like a complete pillock. Until you have been on one of these shows you have no idea quite how terrifying it can be stood there, in the lights, cameras on you while you rummage around in your blank mind for answers to questions. The actual recording at Pinewood studios was great fun and I got to meet fellow contestant on the show and comedy hero of mine Julian Clary. If more people are encouraged to find out about what Impetus does as a result of hearing it mentioned on the show, then all the better.

We were delighted that Zoe chose Impetus as her nominated charity and we enjoyed watching the show. Although she didn’t win, Zoe made a great effort and the contestants she managed to outlast included Julian Clary!

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