Laughter Shock. Image shows from L to R: Joanne Lau, Sarah Campbell, Annette Fagon, Miss London. Image credit: Brown Eyed Boy.

Laughter Shock

A pilot for BBC Three mixing sketches and stand-up from up-and-coming comedy acts from around the UK

AKA:
Laughtershock
Genre:
Sketch Show
Broadcast:
2010  (BBC Three)
Episodes:
1 Pilot
Starring:
Prince Abdi, Sarah Campbell, Victor Daniels, Annette Fagon, Amy Hoggart, Eric Lampaert, Joanne Lau, Dionne Hughes, Joe Lycett, Naz Osmanoglu, Jason Patterson
Writers:
Prince Abdi, Sarah Campbell, Victor Daniels, Annette Fagon, Amy Hoggart, Eric Lampaert, Joanne Lau, Dionne Hughes, Joe Lycett, Naz Osmanoglu, Jason Patterson
Production:
Brown Eyed Boy

Laughter Shock is a multi cultural comedy sketch show pilot starring 14 of the hottest new stand-up comedians.

The show mixes footage of the stand-ups telling their jokes with pre-filmed sketches that have been written and performed by the acts. These skits are screened to the live audience between the stand-up sets. A regular theme of many of the sketches is "Think! Black".

Our Review: We liked this pilot quite a bit - the idea of showcasing new acts on TV has been done before, but there's nothing for emerging acts looking to break through to telly at the moment, and it's just the sort of 'new talent' type thing BBC Three should be doing more of. For that reason alone, Laughter Shock definitely deserves a full series.

In Laughter Shock, each act only gets a few minutes on screen. This is good in a way, as it means the acts that don't impress (it's almost a given that, being a new talent showcase, there are a few duds) aren't on stage long enough drag the show down. However, by the same token, it does sadly mean that we don't get to see nearly enough of the good acts - of which there are a fair few. We guess it's a good thing that we actually wanted to see more from many of the stand-ups (although it was hard to choose, our favourites were probably Joe Lycett, Miss London and Naz Osmanoglu).

The stand-up sets are intercut with sketches written and performed by the acts. There's a funny idea behind many of the skits, but not all are executed well and some drag a bit, which is a shame. Do watch out for a rude sketch featuring Lou Sanders though, and a totally weird and inventively filmed tutorial about hats starring Joe Lycett.

In our view, Naz Osmanoglu probably emerges as the biggest star from this pilot - we really liked his routine about towels, and he also proves himself to be a very capable actor indeed. One to watch out for we think!