Channel 4 has commissioned ‘The Joe Lycett Live Show’ (working title), a new 5×60’ weekly Friday night comedy show hosted by Joe Lycett live from Birmingham, with a live audience and celebrity guests.

Following Channel 4’s ‘Joe Lycett’s Big Pride Party’ last year, for which Lycett is nominated for a National Comedy Award, Joe Lycett is back broadcasting live from his hometown of Birmingham for five weeks. Each Friday a mix of “Joe’s community of local legends”, LGBTQ+ heroes and allies will join him alongside celebrities and big-name guests from the worlds of comedy, television, music and film.

Shot on the banks of Birmingham’s canals, the show will “bring a touch of Hollywood sparkle to Digbeth in a big night of unmissable entertainment.” It will be made by Rumpus Media and My Options Were Limited.

Joe Lycett said: “I’m absolutely psyched and naturally very nervous about hosting a weekly live show from Birmingham, but it has been a dream of mine for many years and I look forward to some (controlled) late night chaos.”

Emily Hudd, joint MD at Rumpus Media, said: “We are so excited that Joe is hosting this series from the centre of his universe – Birmingham – creating a truly inclusive show to which everyone is invited. It’s a weekly celebration uniquely curated by Joe that harnesses both his mischief but also his warmth – it will be funny, silly and explicitly Joe Lycett.”

Steve Handley, Commissioning Editor, said: We are thrilled that Joe will be bringing his personal brand of mayhem to Friday nights and can’t wait to see his take on the events of the week, live from the canal banks of Birmingham.”

The Joe Lycett Live Show (w/t), is a co-production between Rumpus Media and My Options Were Limited, commissioned by Phil Harris, Head of Entertainment, and Steven Handley and Tom Beck, Commissioning Editors, for Channel 4. It is Executive Produced by Ian Wimbush, Emily Hudd and Tim Dean for Rumpus Media. The series producer is Lisa Kirk and the production exec is Sarah Croker.

Jon Creamer

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