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Platform for new comedy talent that has helped launch the careers of top performers such as Ricky Gervais, Dom Joly and Jimmy Carr, as well as uncovering such gems as Modern Toss and Fonejacker

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Platform for new comedy talent that has helped launch the careers of top performers such as Ricky Gervais, Dom Joly and Jimmy Carr, as well as uncovering such gems as Modern Toss and Fonejacker


    Karl Pilkington, Satisfied Fool

    Karl Pilkington is best known for the world-record-breaking podcasts that he does with friends Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant - where he is frequently told that he is an idiot.

    Karl left school 19 years ago with only one GCSE - an E in history - an exam that he doesn't remember taking. After years of ridicule, he has decided to find out just how intelligent he is and if having more knowledge would make him any happier.

    'Me mates keep telling me that I should be more intelligent and that I should know more, but... I say, if I did know more, would it make me any happier?'

    Karl gets advice from known intellectuals, including Germaine Greer, Will Self and even David Icke, while explaining his concerns on gaining more knowledge.

  • Golden Years

    Ricky Gervais plays a crisis-ridden middle-aged man who strives to make it big in show business.

  • Daydream Believers

    A Sci-Fi comedy mixed with a dose of satire and gross-out humour. Ray played by David Mitchell, is the creative one making all the money, while Colin played by Robert Webb, the hapless one, fights capitalist power in Ray's borrowed BMW.

  • Olivia Lee

    Olivia Lee's Naughty Bits

    Olivia Lee is a sexy solo girl about town looking for love, labels and men. She's taking her special brand of madness out onto the streets in an all-new hidden camera show.

  • Kabadasses

    Bobby is a loveable dreamer with high hopes and no prospects. When his domineering girlfriend, Shobna, throws him out, Bobby finds himself back at his Dad's with his tail between his legs.

    Bobby and his best mate Vin, a thug with a heart, decide that their best shot at redemption is to set up the world's first all-white, English Kabaddi team.

    Obviously, with a makeshift squad and no idea of the rules, Bobby realises they need help. They find it in the shape of The Marauding Moustache, a legend in the East London League and a cross between Mr Miyagi and Homer Simpson.

  • Tom Davis

    The Warm Up Guy

    Tom Davis stars as Ian Bodkin, a struggling studio warm-up comedian and deluded wally who thinks he's a superstar in the making.

    Ian Bodkin is a loveable but completely delusional dreamer on the lowest step of the entertainment ladder, but in his child-like world he is the biggest talent out there, constantly on the cusp of his big TV break.

    The Warm Up Guy is a loser but primarily an idiot and, at 6'8'' and 18 stone, a very, very big idiot. If he can realise that the biggest joke is his own life then he may manage to achieve his dreams.

  • Mr & Mrs Hotty Hott Hot Show

    The award-winning comedy sketch group Pappy's (Matthew Crosby, Tom Parry and Ben Clark) present Mr & Mrs Hotty Hott Hot Show

    An all-singing, all-dancing show that's based on a 1950s-style beauty pageant where the entire studio audience has the opportunity to be crowned the winner.

    However, this isn't your typical beauty pageant or Miss World - this is the alternative version and this show is all about objectification through obscure games, through weird and wonderful skills and through generally looking a bit odd.

    So if you've got a sexy armpit, outstandingly impressive nostrils, or an overwhelming body odour - you could win!

  • Comedy Lab: Rick and Peter

    Rick and Peter

    Rick and Peter make an odd couple - thrown together after Rick makes a regrettable gag on T4, and is put on a crash course in how to be more politically correct.

  • Comedy Lab: Totally Tom

    Totally Tom

    This half-hour scripted comedy sketch show is written and performed by Tom Palmer and Tom Stourton.

    Set in the hours of darkness in a non-specific metropolis, the unique and sometimes macabre world of Totally Tom is inhabited by an array of characters, some relatively normal and some bordering on the grotesque.

    During our visit, we meet a bitchy pair of cocaine-fuelled 'posh girls', a cop with an over-imaginative sense of drama and a pair of Scottish brothers locked in a cycle of poverty. We also see an edgy new teen drama set in the Hitler Youth.

  • Anna & Katy

    Anna & Katy

    Acclaimed double act Anna Crilly (British Comedy Award Nominee) and Katy Wix (Writer's Guild Award Nominee) bring their unique brand of character comedy to a one-off sketch show.

    Anna and Katy introduce the biggest soap opera in Germany, daytime TV show Congratulation! and Eamonn Holmes' latest game show Pointer, along with a range of silly characters. Plus special guest appearances from Lee Mack, among others.

  • MovieMash


    A spoof movie magazine programme that twists interviews of film stars and re-edits film to comic effect, mixed with comedy sketches.

    Using the best TV special effects and taking inspiration from the E! Channel, MovieMash features interviews with A-list stars such as Steven Seagal, Nic Cage, Andie MacDowell and Keanu Reeves to create the finest comedy chaos. The cast includes Dan Renton Skinner, Rufus Jones, Elliot Tiney and Morgana Robinson.

  • Filth


    Two misfits struggle to survive in the lurid world of Filth, a weekly lads' mag.

    Rob (James Buckley, The Inbetweeners) has a knack for lads' mag writing, but the job threatens his chances of ever having a relationship. Mike (Danny Morgan, Off the Hook) couldn't be less suited to the job: he's naïve, sensitive and a virgin, but eager to learn. They are minnows in a testosterone pond, ruled over by Chad (Danny Dyer), an ex-military uber-lad, and Michelle (Tracy-Ann Oberman, EastEnders), their ball-busting editor, who embodies the magazine better than any man in the place.

  • Kyle, Thomas Stone and Penelope Princess of Pets with Ruby

    Penelope Princess of Pets

    Penelope (Kristen Schaal from Flight of the Conchords) can talk to animals. Her gift has taken her, along with her orphan friend Kyle (Kurt Braunohler) and bird Ruby, all the way to England, where they have just 3,762 hours to save the world from the evil MP Thomas Stone (Julian Barratt).

    Can their brains, brawn and animal friends (featuring the voices of Daniel Kitson and Peep Show's Isy Suttie) save the day?

  • Comedy Lab

    Secret Census

    Jack Whitehall (TNT Show) asks 'how honest is Britain?' Jack conducts an exclusive, secretly filmed poll centred on this topic and creates a number of outrageous stunts on unsuspecting members of the public.

    Would individuals lie in court if a celebrity asked them? Or would they pretend to be off their head on drugs for £20? Results are then discussed with co-presenter Jamelia and the studio audience

  • Happy Finish

    Happy Finish

    A brand new sketch show that showcases a generation of new comedic talent both on- and off-screen, featuring Nadia Kamil, Daniel Kaluuya, Nico Tatarowicz, Sara Pascoe and Mike Wozniak.

    Sketches include the Department of Internet Hate, who are tasked with the job of coming up with the hate on YouTube comment boards; an illegal downloading that goes horribly wrong; and the archaeologists who uncover one of Jesus' practical jokes.

  • School of Comedy

    Kids School of Comedy

    Features a range of characters including a filthy, profane receptionist, a cross-dressing Eastern European plumber, and a sexually repressed couple from the 1930s.

  • Transmission Impossible

    Transmission Impossible

    Spoof clip show featuring selections of programmes which, given an ill wind of broadcasting desperation, might actually exist in a parallel world.

  • Best of British

    Take five unlikely sporting personalities, a selection of bizarre sporting activities and 'Doggy' the rabid mascot and you have Best of British - a Superstars for the insane.

    Writers and cast members Gus Bousfield, Julian Butler and Bob Priestley champion, albeit ironically, the great and the good of Britain's unique sporting heritage.

    Contestants include an obese darts player, a kung fu pensioner, an ageing golfer, a teenage gymnast and a rugby league player. They compete to become the champion of such bizarre sports as Garden Hopping, Bullying, Bulldogs Charge and the totally undignified Naked Lost Property Mauling.

  • House of Rock Awards

    Loveable dead rock stars return to host their very own music awards ceremony. Back from the dead, Freddie Mercury. Kurt Cobain, Biggie Smalls, Marc Bolan and John Denver present the evening's festivities, which features special guests Madonna, Robbie Williams and Travis.

  • Lenny Beige - Showbiz Legend

    Steve Furst stars as Lenny Beige, the bejewelled, 60s throwback and all-round entertainer who leads his audience through a celebration of spangly showbiz high camp.

  • Rick and Peter

    Alan Tyler's Big Night In

    Scot FM breakfast DJ Alan Tyler transmits his show from a viewer's home. From 1998.

  • Tommy Tiernan

    Tommy Tiernan Is Alive!

    Perrier Award Winning comedian and actor Tommy Tiernan live on-stage in his home town of Galway.

  • 12:21

    A minute in the life of US comedian and Perrier Award Winner 2003 Demetri Martin.

  • Aint it funny being coloured

    Ain't It Funny Being Coloured

    A multi-cultural sketch show that looks at race, prejudice, stereotypes, and how everything isn't quite as it seems on the surface.

  • Anderson

    The Anderson family is middle-class, suburban and dysfunctional. Mr Anderson is obsessed with being a good parent; his luscious wife, Roxanne, 42, is experiencing her sexual awakening, and their teenage son Duncan is a budding David Lynch.

  • Bad Crowd

    Bad Crowd

    Like any comedy prison, HMP Brickway's population is a mixed bag! Aiden McCabe is struggling to adjust to prison life and his newly-discovered sexual orientation.

  • headwreckers


    Five comics from Dublin - David McSavage, James Goldsbury, John Colleary, Eleanor Tiernan and Declan Rooney - write and perform their show set in their writing room.

  • Heart And Sole

    Lynn Ferguson tells the simple and heart-warming story of a Scottish primary school teacher who falls in love with a bottom-dwelling coastal fish called David.

  • Hung Out

    Hung Out

    Comedy about a real group of friends in their twenties written by a real group of friends.

    Dave and James, who live on one side of the street, decide to make a spreadsheet detailing everything they owe each other. Meanwhile, Lucy and Alex, who live opposite, fall out over what to do on Saturday night.

    When new girl Maya moves in, she questions what it is exactly that she's walked into...

  • Meet The Magoons

    Glaswegian foursome Nitin, Sanj, Hardeep and Paul are given a simple task - to pick up Nitin's dad's best friend's daughter from Glasgow Central station. Easy to get right? Wrong.

  • Mr and Mrs Fandango

    Mr & Mrs Fandango

    A character sketch show featuring comic duo Barunka O'Shaughnessy and Tom Meeten. In their world, Dodi and Di host their own daytime TV show while Coleen and Wayne are comic book heroes.

  • Pappy's Fun Club

    Pappy's Fun Club

    Part sketch show, part sitcom set in a 'fun club' run by a mysterious and never-seen-before benefactor Pappy.

    The show follows the exploits of four heroes as they struggle to keep the show going in the face of a dwindling budget, an energy crisis and a host of wayward characters.

    Filmed in front of a live audience, Matthew Crosby, Brendan Dodds, Ben Clark, Tomas Parry play not only themselves but the characters too.

    It's a fast-paced and unpredictable gang show...

  • Renegades of Magina

    Alice Lowe and comedy partner Jennie Cox play two young girls living in a dilapidated seaside town, trying to make their empty lives more interesting by creating an elaborate fantasy world of their own.

  • Rolf's Animal Hairdressers

    Aussie salon owner Rolf runs his hairdressing salon assisted by the surly teeth-kissing Emma and the highly camp Styling Moose. Featuring the voice of John Thomson (Fast Show, Cold Feet) as Rolf.

  • Roy Dance Is Dead

    Comedy trio Electric Eel - Dan Clark, Adam Goodwin and Cliff Kelly - play three unsavoury, down-market estate agents.

  • Slaterwood


    The Hollywood hills are alive with the sound of Bolton in this hilariously warped vision of comic talent Peter Slater as he unleashes a world of crazy cops, heroes and villains.

  • The Chancers

    Two 'chancers' Chris and Milo set themselves the task of making a TV programme. Unfortunately, they don't have any ideas. Furthermore they are complete unknowns, with no connections and no relevant experience.

    These problems are compounded by the fact that the guys can't seem to agree on the smallest detail. Undaunted they decide to chance it. The result is an intriguing insight into how far you can get in television with nothing more than hype.

  • The Earl

    Lord Newmarket is an Earl and founder of Scabbard Productions, a production company specialising in documentaries on the royal family. Lord Newmarket goes to Hollywood to pitch his ludicrous film ideas to the studio bosses that count.

  • The Entertainer

    A documentary that tells the story of would-be comic Trevor Evans (played by Sean Mechen) who is in desperate search of stardom.

  • The Pooters

    Delving into the abstract world of The Pooters book club. The Pooters discuss 1970s biker fiction with special guest Sir Patrick Moore.

  • The Services

    The Services

    Peter Kay plays the entire cast of characters caught on camera during a life in the day of a motorway services station near Bolton.

  • Turn the World Down

    A cast of schemers live in two neighbouring flats on the shabby but well-loved Crossfields estate where a young boy blackmails his mum's friend's new boyfriend, who happens to be his teacher.

  • Rick and Peter

    Turning Tricks / Danny Does Tricks

    A double bill of comedy from Paul Zenon in Turning Tricks and Danny Buckler in Danny Does Tricks as the pair conjure up their unique brand of magic.

    Paul takes his tricks on to the Soho streets and shows how the hand is quicker than the eye. And Danny introduces locals in Brighton to the genie who lives in his matchbox.

  • Whatever


    Comedy Lab's unique experiment sees a group of urban teenagers coming up with ideas for what they want to see on the box - and the results are as outrageous as they are funny.

  • iCandy's Stringfellow


    iCandy is written by and stars Irish actor Liam Hourican as a variety of characters, including a mountaineer who has a taste for human flesh, a driving instructor with anger management issues and a life coach with a murky past.

    Then there's 'Louis Theroux', who goes on a really 'weird' weekend, and adult entertainment guru 'Peter Stringfellow' reaches out to the community. Plus the newly elected Irish Prime Minister reveals some of his policies to change the world.

Comedy Lab synopsis

Platform for new comedy talent that has helped launch the careers of top performers such as Ricky Gervais, Dom Joly and Jimmy Carr, as well as uncovering such gems as Modern Toss and Fonejacker

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