Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow. Michael McIntyre. Image credit: Open Mike Productions.

Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow

Stand-up series hosted by Michael McIntyre. The comic introduces acts from various venues around Britain

Michael McIntyre's Christmas Comedy Roadshow
2009 - 2011  (BBC One)
13 (2 series)
Michael McIntyre
Ged Parsons, Michael McIntyre
Open Mike Productions

Following his critically acclaimed Live At The Apollo appearances and his top-selling stand-up DVD, Michael McIntyre fronts his own prime-time stand-up show on BBC One.

The comic visits some of the UK's most prestigious and iconic stand-up comedy venues, unearthing a raft of comedy's brightest new talent and finest comedians en route. Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow features both up-and-coming stand-up acts, as well as established stars.

In each series Michael travels around the UK visiting six of the most prestigious live theatre venues and unearths a raft of comedy's brightest new talent and finest comedians en route.

The first series was recorded in Edinburgh, Belfast, Manchester, Cardiff, Brighton and Newcastle. The second series visited Blackpool, Glasgow, Leeds, Sunderland, Dublin and Bristol.

Our Review: This is essentially a touring version of the massively popular Live At The Apollo... in fact, this newer show is almost identical in every way, right down to the set design.

The main difference (apart from the fact the show comes from various venues, rather than just London) is that the focus is on giving less mainstream circuit comedians a chance to shine in the spotlight... a very admirable idea.

One positive of this policy is that the acts given the golden ticket to appear give it their all, delivering their very best material because, for many of them, this show acts as their first big TV break.

However, a negative of booking the 'unknown' comedians is that a lack of TV experience results in a set falling flat every now and then. But, with each comic only getting a short time on stage, weak spots are not really a big issue.

What is certainly odd though is why the show bothered to come from various parts of the country if the comedians aren't sourced from that local area - for example, why was Welshman Rhod Gilbert headlining Edinburgh instead of Wales?

Anyway, overall this is a very fun show which was worth watching for the host alone - McIntyre is at the height of his powers right now, and thus delivers some real top quality fresh material.