The Stephen K Amos Show - In The Press
The BBC has axed comic Stephen K Amos's show after plummeting ratings and damning reviews.
Written by Simon Boyle. The Daily Mirror, 1st July 2011
The first series of Stephen K Amos's stand up/sketch comedy/chat show comes to an end. It's been something of a hit and miss first outing, with the humour erring on the side of juvenile a lot of the time. Tonight, Amos welcomes fellow comedians Isy Suttie (who plays Dobby in Peep Show, also on this evening, see below) and Marlon Davis in to do a bit of stand-up. Meanwhile he does his weekly "phone call" to his mother (played by Amos in drag), and meets stuntman Paul Hammer (again, Amos in costume) who reveals he stood in for both Muhammad Ali and Rod Hull's Emu on Michael Parkinson's chat show.
Just over halfway through the run and Stephen K Amos's mix of stand-up, sketches and original guest acts is proving to be one of Friday evening's more reliably entertaining destinations. Tonight Amos invites Robbie Williams to sing the praises of video stuntman (and Amos alter ego) Paul "the Hammer" Preston.
Big love to the Stephen K Amos massive! I'm feeling on top form after an amazing summer.
Written by Stephen K Amos. BBC Comedy Blog, 11th November 2010
The new, non-threatening weekly mixture of stand-up, sketches and guest performers continues. Some of it is good, but Amos seems so anxious not to offend that he sometimes spikes his own guns, pulling back from the funniest parts. For instance, his spoof BBC News human-interest interview is well-judged, but he ends it by thanking the mocked member of the public for being "such a good sport".
The Stephen K Amos Show started last Friday on BBC Two. We've been chatting to Stephen all year, and we wanted to share with you how he felt after finishing recording the show this summer - it's quite an undertaking, a six part comedy series!
Written by Stephen K Amos. BBC Comedy Blog, 4th November 2010
A dreadful debut comedy vehicle for the seasoned stand-up comic. Although there is nothing wrong with its traditional format of a few studio-bound routines intercut with sketches - it's worked for everyone from Dave Allen to Stewart Lee - here it feels painfully strained and old-fashioned.
The standup talks about coming out, the shortage of black performers on TV and why he's playing his mum.
Written by Stephanie Merritt. The Observer, 31st October 2010
It's about time Stephen had his own show, so we're jolly pleased for him, although perhaps not as pleased as his mum, who appears in his show. Well, Stephen says it's his mum, and she looks very similar to him. In fact, and we don't want to sound cruel, but it's almost like it's him in drag. Then again, there's a good chance his mum won't make it into the studio, due to the efforts of a very officious security guard who plagues Stephen with problems...
Stephen K Amos is one of the most likeable men in comedy. He's a genuinely delightful man and his stand-up is very funny. We won't hear a word said against him. Not even the suggestion of a bad word about him. And we're delighted that he's on telly with a new stand-up and sketch show.
The man who once joked that he would have to assassinate Lenny Henry to have any chance of having his own show manages to do so without resorting to wetwork. Although - has anyone seen Len on the telly recently? Hmmm... I always try and appraise sketch shows without resorting to the cliché of "hit and miss", and always fail. Maybe that's because it's so, so true...
Today is the day. My show is on air - ahhhhhhhhhh!
Written by Stephen K Amos. BBC Comedy Blog, 29th October 2010
Having built his profile on Radio 4 and TV panel shows, Stephen K Amos gets his own show. Considering that Amos is essentially from leftfield, this should be a good thing. Unfortunately, the edgier side of Amos's work seems largely absent here. Instead, we're offered a mix of standup and sketches that occasionally takes flight - notably when Frank the fashion-conscious security guard vets the audience - but too often seems safe and warm. Guest turns come from the laconic Tom Allen and Lucy Montgomery's Liza-Minnelli-gone-to-seed persona, cabaret singer Candy Karmel.
After his appearances on Have I Got News for You and Mock the Week, as well as at the Royal Variety Performance and Edinburgh Fringe, it was inevitable that someone at the BBC would give Stephen K Amos his own show. To go by this sparky debut, the idea has some merit. For a start, as a gay black comedian he is licensed to make jokes that are off-limits to others. Tonight's sketch involving a spoof Nigerian newsreader is a great example; when would any of the other supposedly "edgy" comics out there risk poking fun at the idea of African backwardness? Amos's other targets are more predictable. It won't surprise you to learn that Americans from the Deep South and Aussies come in for a ribbing. However the gags are delivered in a variety of formats. There are mock interviews, stunts involving members of the public caught on a hidden camera and sketches - such as Amos as a doctor with an innovative method of delivering bad news and another where he dresses up and impersonates his own mother. We also get a fair amount of audience participation. At its best, the show#s lively format and fun, irreverent tone bring back memories of Da Ali G Show. I only hope Amos gets some better supporting acts for subsequent episodes. Though Amos can be very funny at times, tonight's guests, who include comedian Tom Allen, can't match him.
The Stephen K Amos Show is due to start on BBC Two this Friday - how excited are we?! We caught up with him while he was filming in the studio in July, here's what he said....
Written by Stephen K Amos. BBC Comedy Blog, 27th October 2010
The stand-up comedian talks about coming out, waiting for Lenny Henry to die and playing his mum on television.
Written by Stephanie Merritt. The Observer, 24th October 2010
Stephen K Amos mixes stand-up comedy with sketches plus musical and comic guests in his new BBC2 series.
Written by Nick Fiaca. TV Choice Magazine, 19th October 2010
Sitting on a hotel sofa next to Stephen K Amos is an interesting experience.
Written by Tommy Holgate. The Sun, 3rd September 2010
"I'm so excited to have been given my own show at the BBC that I can't stop telling people."
Written by Stephen K Amos. BBC Comedy Blog, 8th June 2010
He once joked that British TV couldn't cope with more than one black comedian at a time - now Stephen K Amos is getting his own BBC series. And he hasn't even had to kill Lenny Henry, he explains.
Written by Nosheen Iqbal. The Guardian, 2nd December 2009