WHO needs enemies when you have friends like Baroness Sayeeda Warsi?
The former co-chairwoman of the Conservative Party is taking no prisoners as part of new Channel 4 comedy show Stand Up To Deliver.
In it, she delivers blow after blow at the expense of her former political pals.
The ex-government minister says Westminster is like gory TV show Game Of Thrones, and likens former advisor Dominic Cummings to the series’ worst character, scheming Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish.
In her stand-up routine I’m told she compares Prime Minister and Tory party leader Boris Johnson to Joffrey Baratheon — the tyrannical ruler of Westeros in the fantasy telly hit.
She labels the PM the “blond who wanted to play at being king and now he’s having to deal with this s**t crisis called work”.
In her ten-minute set she says: “It’s very Game Of Thrones. For those of you who don’t know, it’s basically a series about back-stabbing and deceit, excessive eating and binge-drinking. All fighting for ultimate power. It’s just like Parliament, really.”
Later in the routine, she says Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham is the UK’s very own “King in the North” and compares Scotland’s First Minster Nicola Sturgeon to Asha Greyjoy, who is the leader of a separate set of islands.
Referring to the “vision-testing” lockdown drive to Barnard Castle of Boris’ shadowy former sidekick, she adds: “Be- hind the scenes running this country, our very own Littlefinger, prince of darkness, the b*****d of Barnard Castle, Dominic Cummings.
“I think he single-handedly secured the unity of this nation one eyesight test at a time. Give him credit for what he does.”
At the gig, which will be on Channel 4 next Thursday at 9pm, she also joked the small audience were hardy souls for attending.
She added: “You are brave for turning out tonight. I’m not talking about Covid. I hoped they told you I am on an ISIS kill list. I’m not joking! They basically said, ‘She’s the one we need to go for’.”
It’s Dominic I would be more worried about.
Maya takes the plunge
TELLY and radio host Maya Jama rightfully hit back at critics slating her clothes last June.
But even I’d suggest something a bit more demure than this for her next role. Maya, who defended the plunging dress she wore on Peter Crouch: Save Our Summer, is taking over from Stacey Dooley on BBC Three’s Glow Up.
She will begin presenting the show, which searches for Britain’s next make-up star, this year.
Maya looked amazing as she proudly showed off her latest look on Instagram yesterday.
But I reckon the competitors on Glow Up need as few distractions as possible as they race against time to apply make-up to models.
We don’t want them to come out looking like Barbara Cartland.
Film on au pair drama
ITV is making a film about the conviction of a British au pair who was accused of killing a baby while working in the US.
The Trial Of Louise Woodward marks 25 years since the court case and shaking allegations.
The then 19-year-old, convicted of involuntary manslaughter after first being charged with murder, found herself at the centre of a media storm in 1997.
Key figures will feature in the film. Executive producer Sanjay Singhal said: “I’d like to try to show what it must have been like to go through that, for both sides.”
Winx saga’s fate
NETFLIX series Fate: The Winx Saga, which premiered only last month, will return for another eight-part series.
The fairy story will see Abigail Cowen reprise her role as Bloom, along with Hannah Van Der Westhuysen as Stella and Precious Mustapha as Aisha.
Will got snubbed by Sheri
WILL Mellor has revealed Sheridan Smith’s no-show at his 40th birthday bash probably led to a stand-off that is stalling a revival of Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet of Crisps.
The actor said he was up for doing a one-off special of the cult BBC2 comedy, as is the writer, and his pal Ralf Little, who is now leading man in Death In Paradise.
But he says Cilla star Sheridan, who became a first-time mum last year, refuses to take his calls after the flashpoint nearly five years ago.
Will said: “It was the day of my 40th birthday. She was supposed to come and then she never turned up and then I didn’t speak to her. I tried to ring her. She hasn’t answered my calls for years, so I stopped after a while. Her career is fantastic and I wish her well with the baby.
“The show’s writer, Susan Nickson, said she’d write it. But it was just getting the cast together. They found it really difficult to do.”
The comedy ran for a decade from 2001 and helped boost the careers of Will, Ralf and Sheridan.
Although Ralf and Will are still close friends, the cold shoulder continues from Sheridan, who is starring in a string of TV shows this year.
Perhaps she really is just too busy.
ACCLAIMED director Tim Burton is creating a spooky new Addams Family series that’s all about Wednesday – the creepy clan’s sour-faced daughter.
The show will air on Netflix and sees the creator of movies including Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands make his TV directorial debut.
Paddy a Strictly driver
AFTER performing a few stunts as one of the frontmen on BBC1’s Top Gear, Paddy McGuinness has shown he’s up for a challenge.
Now he has set himself another goal – getting his co-hosts to appear on Strictly Come Dancing.
He reckons Chris Harris should compete for the Glitterball trophy on the BBC Saturday night show – followed by ex-cricketer Freddie Flintoff.
Paddy said: “Chrissy Harris, I’m trying to get him on. He’s an absolutely diamond bloke but loves his dancing and will not apply himself.
“I’m putting it out there, I’m getting you on, I’m getting you on Strictly.
“He’s got to do it and once I’ve got him on, the next series I’ll get Fred on. I’m getting them all on.”
Maybe Paddy should perhaps lead by example and sign up himself . . .
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