Comedy World Cup. David Tennant. Image credit: Open Mike Productions.

Comedy World Cup

Comedy panel show hosted by David Tennant in which teams of comedians test their knowledge of British and American comedy

Panel Show
2012  (Channel 4)
7 (1 series)
David Tennant
Kevin Day, Gary Delaney, Phil Kerr, Shaun Pye, Christine Rose, Fraser Steele, Lee Stuart Evans, Dan Swimer, Martin Trenaman, Giles Boden
Open Mike Productions

Hosted by David Tennant, and featuring the pick of Britain's finest comedy talent, Comedy World Cup is a seven-part panel show in which Tennant referees two teams of comedians as they compete against each other in a knockout competition in which the questions are about other comedians and TV comedy shows.

In each episode the teams, whose careers and comedy know-how span a total of 100 years, pit their wits against each other in a series of rounds to find out which team are the biggest comedy brainboxes and fountains of funny knowledge.

Each team is made up of three comedians - a team captain in their 30s/40s, an over-50 comedy 'legend', and a comedy newbie in their 20s/30s.

The team captains featuring during the series are: Alan Carr, Andy Parsons, Jo Brand, Phill Jupitus, Jason Manford, Omid Djalili, Johnny Vegas and Micky Flanagan.

At the end of the series there's a final where the two best teams go head-to-head, with one crowned ultimate champions and winners of the Comedy World Cup 2012.

The rounds are:

The Year In Question: The team must name the year that connects a series of clips shown to them.

The Young Ones: A schoolchild performs part of a stand-up routine, and the teams must name which well known comedian's routine it is.

Picture Round: Stills from comedy films are shown, but with the actors' flesh (e.g. head, hands) Photoshopped out. The teams must name the film then answer a question related to the film.

Sitcom Graveyard: One of the teams reads out three sitcom synopsis, only one of which is a real programme. The other team must say which was the real show.

In The Spotlight: One of the team members must answer a minute's worth of quick-fire questions.

What Happens Next: A clip from a well-known comedy is screened but paused at a cliffhanger moment, and the team must say what follows next.

Quick-fire Round: To end the show, Tennant reads out some general knowledge questions about comedy shows and comedians, and the teams must buzz in.