BBC Comedy, BBC Three and BBC Studios have joined forces to support grassroots comedy talent in light of the  impact Covid-19 has had on the stand-up comedy industry.

BBC Presents: Stand Up For Live Comedy will start filming this summer in six different cities across the UK, with a mission to kickstart live stand-up again, featuring a diverse array of rising comedy talents.

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.

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.”

Fiona Campbell, Controller of BBC Three, says: “BBC Three has been involved in the careers of so many comedians that cut their teeth on the live circuit. It’s the lifeblood of the industry and we’re really pleased that we can play our part bringing live comedy and laughter back to the audience.”

Lucy Ansbro, Executive Producer, Phil McIntyre Television says: “We are delighted that the BBC have moved swiftly to support live comedy now that the government have relaxed their guidelines. We are excited to work with them to bring live entertainment back to peoples screens and back in to their lives.”

Jonathan Blyth, Director of Comedy, BBC Studios says: “British comedy is increasingly in vogue around the World with many of our gifted comics becoming global household names. I’m therefore excited to be helping to support, nurture and champion the next generation of comedy talent in these difficult times.”

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.

Jon Creamer

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