Comic Relief and Acast’s GuestFest offers fans a guest experience on their favourite podcast for the first time ever

30th June 2020

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  • Featured podcasts include My Dad Wrote a Porno, Off Menu, Private Parts, Yahoo’s White Wine Question Time Podcast with Kate Thornton, Angela Scanlon’s Thanks a Million, and RedHanded

  • £10 per prize draw entry, with all funds raised supporting coronavirus response efforts

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Podcast enthusiasts can now win a money-can’t-buy guest experience on their favourite podcasts.

Acast, the UK’s leading podcast company has teamed up with Comic Relief for GuestFest, offering six lucky fans the opportunity to record an episode with the nation’s most beloved podcasts to benefit vulnerable people affected by Covid-19.

From today, listeners can enter multiple prize draws for the chance to win a coveted spot on Yahoo's White Wine Question Time Podcast with Kate Thornton, Thanks a Million and RedHanded as well as smash hit My Dad Wrote a Porno and 2019 British Podcast Awards nominees Off Menu and Private Parts, all shows from the Acast network.

Winners will get to live the podcast-obsessed dream of being a guest on their favourite podcast - either on the main platform or associated channels. They’ll be able to share in the smut of My Dad Wrote a Porno with Jamie Morton, Alice Levine and James Cooper, bare their souls to Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing and Francis Bouille, talk culinary preferences with comedians Ed Gamble and James Acaster, join Kate Thornton for a glass or two, swap spooky stories with Hannah and Suruthi from RedHanded or be thankful with Angela Scanlon.

Jamie Morton, Alice Levine and James Cooper said “Hearing about Belinda’s capers is even more visceral, eye-watering and shocking in the room – but if that’s your be it! We’re proud to be supporting Comic Relief in any way we can — and we’re looking forward to recording an episode with the unlucky winner.”

Ed Gamble, James Acaster and The Great Benito said: “We love Comic Relief and we’re very much looking forward to hearing the dream menu of someone else who loves Comic Relief."

Angela Scanlon said: “Thanks A Million is all about taking a moment to give thanks to the things in life you appreciate, however big or small. What better way for me to give thanks to the amazing work Comic Relief do, for so many people, than by supporting GuestFest and welcoming one of my listeners into the studio with me."

Kate Thornton said: “I’m proud to be supporting Comic Relief, and can’t wait to welcome one of my listeners on to the show for a good natter with some of my good friends over a glass of something cold."

Redhanded’s Hannah and Suruthi said: “We’re proud to be supporting Comic Relief and looking forward to bringing one of our lovely fans onto the podcast. We just hope that, whoever wins this, they’ve got a strong stomach.”

Louisa McGinn, head of public fundraising at Comic Relief said: “Throughout lockdown we’ve seen just how important podcasts are as a means of lifting spirits and bringing people together which is why we’re delighted to be sharing the GuestFest prize. We’re extremely grateful to everyone at Acast who has been able to come together and make this prize a reality. The money raised by GuestFest will go to charities that urgently need support to respond to the impact of the coronavirus crisis, here in the UK and around the world.”

Acast’s UK content director Sam Shetabi said: “How many times have you been listening to your favourite podcast and thought ‘I would totally nail these questions!’ Being home to the UK’s biggest and best podcasts, we’re itching to make that dream a reality for some lucky listeners, and all for an incredibly worthy cause. We’re sure many of us have our Off Menu dream menu ready to go, or our Belinda Blumenthal puns up our sleeves.”

To enter the prizedraws and be in with a chance of winning, visit in new window). When entering, supporters will have a chance to make a £10 donation and there’s no limit to how many times you’re allowed to enter. Entries close on 2nd August 2020, with all proceeds going to those hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. Guest appearances will take place remotely this summer.



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Winners are selected at random. The content will be released to the public at a date to be confirmed. This could be either via a regular or special episode, or social media only content.

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Individual Prize links

Private Parts – (opens in new window)

Off Menu – (opens in new window)

My Dad Wrote a Porno – (opens in new window)

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RedHanded – (opens in new window)

Thanks a Million – (opens in new window)

About Comic Relief

Comic Relief raises money to support people living incredibly tough lives. Through humour and stories of hope, we’ve shown that people can make a massive difference. We fund hundreds of amazing organisations who are working on the ground to support the most vulnerable people and communities in society including many of those hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis. This includes vulnerable children and young people, people who are homeless or living in extreme poverty, women and families at risk of domestic abuse and those struggling with existing or new mental health problems.

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Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

About Acast

Acast is the world’s biggest podcast company and the engine powering creators, advertisers and listeners everywhere. Its services are the most sophisticated available and are constantly being updated with innovative new tools and functionality.

Acast hosts more than 10,000 shows worldwide, monetizing and growing global smash hits including My Dad Wrote a Porno, Sh**ged Married Annoyed, Football Ramble Daily, Feel Better Live More, as well as podcasts from publishers such as the BBC, the Guardian, The Economist, VICE and Vogue.

Co-founded in Sweden in 2014 by Johan Billgren, Acast’s team of more than 200 audio lovers are creating a sustainable and open podcast ecosystem — ensuring the whole industry continues to grow and flourish.

The company has sales teams on the ground in 13 markets around the world, including the UK, US, Mexico, Australia, France and Germany. Its physical offices are located in Stockholm, London, New York, Los Angeles, Sydney, Paris, Berlin, Dublin and Oslo.