Jason Manford caught up in Twitter race row over all-white comedy gig

The charity show,  which was organised by Harry Hill, is in aid of of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

It is set to feature stars including John Bishop, Jo Brand, Rob Brydon, Alan Carr, Sara Pascoe, Liza Tarbuck, Roisin Conaty, Jimmy Carr, Jack Dee, Stewart Lee, Jason Manford, Al Murray and Vic Reeves.

However, 28-year-old comedian Lolly criticising the line-up for its lack of  diversity.

"Someone's dreaming of a white christmas," she wrote alongside a cast sheet for the gig.

Many fans of Lolly jumped in to support her jive, with one saying: "Wow, that’s extraordinary. I mean, surely you have to actively *try*, quite hard, for an all-white lineup when there are that 24 spots on the bill?"




But Jason didn't share the same opinion and in since deleted tweets responded to the claims that the gig had deliberately hired an all white cast.

"I'm fairness to Harry I know for a fact he asked a lot of his pals of all different heritage but people said no and these are the folks who said yes and didn't cancel. For example I know @omid9 was scheduled but now isn't able to. I take your point but does seem a little harsh," he retorted.

"What's harsh?" and "who called you a racist," commented Lolly.

He replied: “I think its harsh using this particular example on social media (knowing how Twitter works) to make what is at most other times, a very valid and worthwhile point.

“I agree with you, I’m on your side, you only need to see my line ups for Manford’s comedy clubs & the acts I get to support me on tour."

The comedian also seemed visibly upset by the reaction the tweet had caused.

He said: “I saw replies from your followers saying ‘shocking’ and ‘disgusting’ & ‘I won’t be attending’ for a charity gig so I felt defensive of my friend.”

Lolly responded saying: "i’m not responsible for their responses. i was commenting on a lack of diversity which tbf i found quite shocking. it’s your choice to focus on defending your friend over my point which you said yourself was valid."

The comedian has since been on a mission to prove to fans that he believes in diversity within the stand-up community, as he tweeted about comedian T'ez supporting him on tour.

"Looking forward to @tezilyas supporting me tonight in Carlisle. One of the best new comedians around. Make sure you get there on time folks!" he tweeted.

Meanwhile, Lolly has since posted to her social media channels revealing that although she doesn't agree with the lack of diversity in the lineup, she doesn't want the charity's support to be affected.

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