Credit: Irish News

Michael McIntyre made an appearance at a charity gig, much to the surprise of his unsuspecting fans

The comedian whipped the audience at London’s Royal Albert Hall into an excited frenzy as he appeared as a surprise act during a charity gig.

The popular TV personality and stand-up comedian was not on the official billing for the Teenage Cancer Trust’s comedy night, but was greeted with plenty of laughter as he closed the show in his usual gung-ho, expressive manner.

Michael explained he “thought I’d come down for such an amazing cause, and have some fun”, before opening his show with a skit, filled with comedic complaints about the recent clock change.

the 41-year-old former Britain’s Got Talent judge had been in the audience at the charity’s Ed Sheeran gig on Tuesday evening.

Romesh Ranganathan hosted this gig and welcomed comedians Jo Brand, Kevin Bridges, Russell Kane, Sean Walsh, Mike Wilmot and Tom Allen take to the stage.

Halfway through the show, Teenage Cancer Trust patron Roger Daltrey – the driving force behind the annual Royal Albert Hall fundraising shows – appeared on stage with teenagers who have benefited from the charity’s work.

Upon cracking a joke that his band, The Who, would take to the stage the following night, he said: “This is our 99th show in 17 years, and tomorrow is our 100th – and it’s a bunch of old farts.”

He added: “This charity has given me something you can’t buy with money.”

The comedians joined forces for the third gig out of six held at the London venue for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

They followed chart-topping singer-songwriter Ed, who performed a sold-out show the previous evening, and former X Factor star Olly Murs, who began the week of charity events on Monday.

The shows continue all week, with Paul Weller and the Pet Shop Boys yet to appear.