A brand-new six part series, BBC Presents: Stand Up For Live Comedy will start filming on 1 September in six different cities across the UK, with a mission to kick start live stand-up comedy again.

Coming soon to BBC Three, the shows will air weekly with a repeat on BBC One the following week. Each show will feature a comedian local to the area as host, together with up to three other comics. The series will showcase the talents of Jamali Maddix (Live at the Apollo), Fern Brady (Live from the BBC), Paddy Raff (The Paddy Raff Show) and Jayde Adams (Crazy Delicious), with further names to be announced very soon.

The first show will be recorded in South East London on 1st September at Vinegar Yard, hosted by Jamali Maddix. Five further shows will be recorded throughout September – in Scotland the show will be hosted by Fern Brady; in Belfast at CARGO by Vertigo, Paddy Raff will MC and Jayde Adams will take care of proceedings at Bristol’s Lakota Gardens. Dates for these and two further recordings will be announced soon.

Free tickets for London’s Vinegar Yard show on 1 September can be applied for from: www.vinegaryard.london/bbc-comedy. Ticket application details for other shows will be announced soon.

Stand-up comedy is a vital part of our British culture, and BBC Comedy, BBC Three and BBC Studios have joined forces to support grassroots comedy talent in light of the significant impact Covid-19 has had on the stand-up comedy industry.

The six-part series is co-produced by Phil McIntyre Television and BBC Studios who will distribute the series globally. It has been commissioned by Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy, and Fiona Campbell, Controller of BBC Three, and continues the BBC’s commitment to nurturing new talent and showcasing the best diverse regional comedy in the UK.

Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy, says: “It’s been the roughest time for live comedy on record and finally we can be the first broadcaster to bring audiences and comedians together in the same place again as nothing beats the magic of shared laughter. The UK comedy circuit is the best in the world and it’s vital that we continue to support emerging comedy talent and help launch those stars of tomorrow. Our national shared sense of humour is a crucial way to deal with adversity and remind everyone there is solidarity and much needed cheer coming to your screens soon.”

BBC Presents: Stand Up For Live Comedy (6×30’) is a Phil McIntyre Television and BBC Studios co-production for BBC Three. It will be executive produced by Lucy Ansbro for Phil McIntyre Television and Jonathan Blyth for BBC Studios. Kate Daughton is the BBC Comedy Commissioning Editor.

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