David Walliams shines, Robbie Williams surprises, One Direction get teased and Bruce Forsyth goes all twinkle toed at Royal Variety Performance 2012

by Lisa McGarry

“That was the best fun ever…!” David Walliams told his Twitter followers last night following The Royal Variety show and it certainly looked like it was.

The comedian had gone all out to ensure his audience was entertained throughout the show and his hard work paid off at the end of the show, when he was greeted by the Queen and the audience gave him an enormous cheer.

When the Queen thanked him and said he had done well, an emotional David replied:

“Thank you for coming this evening, it means so much to us.”

David had opened the show, by flying down onto the stage using a jet pack and dressed like superspy James Bond and this wasn’t the only time the funny man levitated, a bit later in the show the Britain’s Got Talent judge hovered above the audience dressed like a star, in a section dedicated to the history of the Royal Variety.

David had his feet firmly back on earth when he dressed like a young girl stalker of One Direction. He had been around the boys for most of the day, earlier tweeting a picture of him with the band saying:

“I can’t believe I met 1D!” which he retweeted eight times in his excitement.

Talking about his time as a teenage stalker David joked:

“When I made my way to the stage last night a security guard said ‘that Sporty Spice has let herself go!’ #truestory”

The dad to be also still has a lot of puppy love for Ashleigh and Pudsey, and shared this picture with the caption:

“Me and the brilliant Ashleigh and Pudsey last night. I want a Pudsey puppy as a friend for Bert.”

Alan Carr’s drag performance is a mystery, we’ll have to wait to see the performance but Walliams teased fans on Twitter saying:

“Thankyou so much for last night. You looked so beautiful in that leopard skin dress. See you later.”

Meanwhile, David introduced “national treasure” and personal hero Sir Bruce Forsyth, who joked that at 100 years old, the Royal Variety Performance was only 16 years older than him.

David then joined him for an impromptu tap dance, which Forsyth declared so bad it was like being back on the Generation Game.

Legendary comedian Jimmy Tarbuck introduced a series of comedy clips of himself, Peter Kay and the cast of Only Fools And Horses entertaining in past Variety Performances. He also led a tribute to the late Eric Sykes.

Robbie Williams surprised by not only performing upcoming single “Different” but also an amazing orchestra led performance of “Mr Bojangles”.

David admitted afterwards: “I took my bow between Kylie and Neil Diamond, and then chatted to the Queen! It was the best night of my career by a long way.”

Comedy veteran Jimmy Tarbuck, who first appeared at the Royal Variety Performance in 1964, said:

“It’s a great honour to be asked. You’re appearing with your peers and people you admire. It’s such a good bill.”

Watch David’s entrance here and leave your comments below…

This post was written by guest blogger and reality TV showbiz observer Daniel Cohen. Catch up with him on Twitter here!

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!