The Kevin Bishop Show

Fast-paced Channel 4 sketch show built around Kevin Bishop. Includes a number of celebrity impressions

Strand:
Channel 4 Comedy Showcase 2007
AKA:
Comedy Showcase: Kevin Bishop
Genre:
Sketch Show
Broadcast:
2007 - 2009  (Channel 4)
Episodes:
13 (pilot + 2 series)
Starring:
Kevin Bishop, Jim Howick, Katie Males, Oliver Maltman, Karen Gillan, Sam Hazeldine
Writers:
Kevin Bishop, Lee Hupfield, Nico Tatarowicz, David Cadji-Newby, Andrew Dawson, Steve Dawson, Tim Inman, Samantha Martin, Les Keen, Matthew Crosby, Chris Davies
Production:
Objective Productions

A fast-paced sketch show from the team behind Star Stories. Built around Kevin Bishop's talents for impressions, the show includes celebrity mimicry, archive footage gags, parodies, spoof adverts and one-off skits.

This comedy is perhaps most notable for delivering sketches at a very quick rate - each episode features at least 20 unique sketches.

Our Review: The full series of this sketch show picked up from where the pilot left off - pounding the viewer with quick gag, after quick gag. It is a winning formula, as whilst a couple of the sketches are lame, there are just so many skits in each episode that you don't have to wait long for a gem to arrive on screen.

The fact that each episode features, in the main, completely different setups and characters - with very little overlap - is very refreshing indeed. Much credit must go to the writers and production team for not getting lazy like many other sketch shows.

The acting talent is high too. Kevin Bishop is joined by the very talented Karen Gillan (pre her Dr Who stardom), Jim Howick, Katie Males and Oliver Maltman - all of whom demonstrate their wide range in the various sketches they appear in.

Our favourite sketches from the pilot were OCD Batman, Schindler's List II - Electric Boogaloo and The Middle Class Hulk. Kevin's take on The Shining, his foreign 'Allo 'Allo re-makes, The Pun Detective and Cornish TV's version of ER were our best bits from Series 1. Meanwhile Series 2 continued to deliver some fun mimicry - Horne & Corden's On The Buses, Gok Wan and David Mitchell in EastEnders were amongst impressions we loved in the last series.

Although we enjoy the show, it should be noted not everyone is a fan - some say the writing is too simple, it picks on easy targets and relies too heavily on simple puns. In fact, 107 people complained to Channel 4 about Series 2. One viewer said: "The jokes are non-existent, the impersonations are lame and to be frank it's just not funny."

So a good summary would be to say opinions are divided on the show.