BBC Radio 1Xtra’s comedy special to air on BBC One and BBC Sounds

BBC Radio 1Xtra’s first comedy special hosted by Eddie Kadi will air on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds.

Recorded live at Hackney Empire and co-created by 1Xtra presenter and comedian Eddie Kadi, BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Comedy Gala features established and new names including Babátúndé Aléshé, Gbemi Oladipo, Kane Brown, Kyrah Gray, Michael Odewale, Ola Labib, Slim and Thanyia Moore.

Eddie Kadi says: “Hackney Empire is the home of Black Comedy and I’m so proud to be hosting the BBC Radio 1Xtra Comedy Gala, showcasing the superstars of our thriving scene alongside the next generation of new wave stars.”

Faron McKenzie, Head of BBC 1Xtra adds: “Hosting the 1Xtra Comedy Gala was an immense honour, and with BBC 1Xtra’s legendary presenter and comedian Eddie Kadi at the helm, we’re ready to celebrate the UK’s most brilliant comic talent. We’re proud to shine a spotlight on rising stars on the scene and cannot wait to give our audiences an unforgettable night of laughter.”

BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Comedy Gala with Eddie Kadi & Friends will air on BBC One at 11:40pm, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds on 1st April.