Comedy treats for DStv viewers

2010-04-17 00:00

THE best of Britain’s comedic talent is set to have viewers in hysterics when the BBC Comedy Festival gets underway on BBC Entertaintment (DStv channel 120) on Monday, April 19.

Featured acts include the king of deadpan observation Jack Dee; the hilarious Alan Carr; the livewire of British comedy, Lee Evans; Irish funnyman Dara O’Briain; British Comedy Award winner Sean Lock; and Michael McIntyre, who is riding high in UK comedy circles.

The festival, which runs until May 14, will be broadcast between 9.30 pm and 10.30 pm, Monday to Saturday.

First up, on Monday is Michael McIntyre Live And Laughing, the comedian’s mesmerising show at the legendary Hammersmith Apollo.

McIntyre, who made his debut at the Kilkenny comedy festival in 2006, hosts BBC One’s award-winning Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, which will return to the UK in 2010 for a second series. He has performed twice at the Royal Variety Performance and appeared three times on BBC’s stand-up showcase Live at the Apollo.

On April 20, it’s the turn of Lee Evans XL Tour. Marking the comedian’s sensational return to stand-up, this show boasts some of the strongest and most hilarious routines Evans has ever written.

One of the UK’s biggest comedy stars and a Hollywood film star, ex-boxer Lee Evans has captured audiences’ and critics’ imaginations with his irrepressible physicality and disarming charm. His film appearances include The Fifth Element with Bruce Willis and Gary Oldman, Mouse Hunt with Nathan Lane, and the Farelly Brothers classic There’s Something About Mary with Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz.

Jack Dee — Live And Uncut on April 21 captures all the excitement and magic of the outrageously funny final night of deadpan comedian, Jack Dee’s Live and Uncut tour; while on April 22 comedy fans can see Jo BrBrand — Barely Live, the comedienne’s no-holds-barred gig at the world famous Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End. Viewers can expect to see plenty of her trademark sarcasm, candour and biting wit.

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