A new third series of hit stand-up show Live from the BBC will return weekly from 27th June 2018 on BBC Three. Boasting a line-up of some of the finest upcoming comedic talent in the UK at present, the new series recorded at the BBC’s iconic Radio Theatre will showcase the talents of six brilliant acts: Fern Brady, Rhys Nicholson, Suzi Ruffell, Chris Washington, Desiree Burch and Mat Ewins.

Since the launch of the first series in 2016, Live from The BBC has built up a reputation for discovering and showcasing the careers of some of the brightest talent the world of comedy has to offer, and series three looks set to do just the same.

Since appearing on the first series of Live from the BBC in 2016 (now available on Netflix), Nish Kumar has risen phenomenally, going on to have huge success with BBC Two satire show ‘The Mash Report’ and James Acaster has gone on to record his own acclaimed four-part Netflix special ‘Repertoire’. Other comedy stars to have appeared on the previous two series include Sara Pascoe, Dane Baptiste, Doc Brown and Josie Long.

Series Three will be transmitted weekly on BBC Three and iPlayer, with a repeat on BBC One several weeks later (dates TBC).


Fern Brady – 27 June 

In her first TV special, Scottish stand-up comedian and writer Fern Brady reveals how she got through University with unexpected side jobs, a simple diet and a near death experience.  Fern’s delivery is appealingly acidic, bold, whip-smart and unabashedly honest.

Fern said “As someone who has been chased out of gigs for my comedy I’m so excited the BBC are exposing that to a wider audience.”

Rhys Nicholson – 4 July

Already an established star in his native Australia, Rhys is thrilled to make his first UK TV special for the BBC.  In this show, Rhys tackles sexuality, romance and popularity with his trademark below-the-belt, razor-sharp wit. 

Rhys said ‘”Without wanting to sound like a suck-up, it was a bit of a big honour being in Live From the BBC. I kept thinking there had been some huge mistake and they thought I was Rhys Darby or something. Maybe they still do. I’m just going with it. Also it was very nice saying such rude things in such a nice room.”

Suzi Ruffell – 11 July

Suzi Ruffell is one of the most exciting comedy stars of her generation. This laugh out loud show sees Suzi take to the stage for 30-minutes of genuinely funny stand-up about struggling in and out of the middle classes.

Suzi said ‘It was a complete joy to do my show for ‘Live From The BBC’ in the wonderful theatre at Broadcasting House, the audience were brilliant and the show was a blast. It was a very special day for me, mum even got the train up from Pompey!’ 

Chris Washington – 18 July

Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee 2017 and Jason Manford tour support, Chris Washington is an exciting rising star who used all his annual leave to take a comedy show to the world’s biggest arts festival and six months later, recorded it for Live from the BBC. With bags of northern charm, Chris wows audiences and critics alike, conjuring big laughs from the small, ordinary things in life. At the time of filming Chris was still working in his day job as a postman and dreaming of giving up to become a comedian, a dream which has now come true. 

Desiree Burch – 25 July

New York City’s Desiree Burch has exploded on to the comedy scene in London which she now calls home.  From growing up in the States to making love like James Brown, Desiree delivers a no-holds-barred performance that explores everything from sex, relationships, race, body image and social change.

Mat Ewins – 1 August

Live from the BBC is proud to welcome Mat Ewins, nominee for Best Show at the 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Awards.  Adventurer and film-maker Mat takes us on an action-packed quest using computer graphics and animation in this his hilarious television debut.

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