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

Genre:
Panel Show
Broadcast:
2012  (Channel 4)
Episodes:
7 (1 series)
Starring:
David Tennant
Writers:
Kevin Day, Gary Delaney, Phil Kerr, Shaun Pye, Christine Rose, Fraser Steele, Lee Stuart Evans, Dan Swimer, Martin Trenaman, Giles Boden
Production:
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.