BBC Scotland is to broadcast a number of new comedy shows across a four week period from late November.
There will be a new TV pilot on BBC Two Scotland at 10pm each Friday night from 23rd November, and four new comedy episodes will be uploaded to BBC iPlayer on the 23rd too. The shows will all be presented under the season title Funny Firsts.
The broadcasts come ahead of the forthcoming launch of the new BBC Scotland TV channel in early 2019, which is set to show new episodes of established comedy shows including Still Game, Scot Squad and Burnistoun.
Gavin Smith from BBC Scotland says of the new season: "Our Funny Firsts is a chance for audiences to try an array of our comedy in new and exciting ways. Whether that's the first Scottish satire show to be broadcast on radio and TV on the same day, or the first chance for the audience to see the best emerging stand-up comedians, or the release of BBC Scotland's first digital shorts sitcom on iPlayer - there's lots of new ideas, new faces and laughs across all our platforms for all audiences."
The shows involved in Funny Firsts are...
The Comedy Underground
The Comedy Underground debuts on BBC Two Scotland on Friday 23rd November at 10pm. Presented by rising star Ashley Storrie, the stand-up show "brings together the best, brightest and most exciting comedians gigging in Scotland right now."
Breaking The News
The State Of It
The BBC explains: "Featuring explosive sketches, satirical animation and topical contributions from a range of new Scottish comic talent, The State Of It is produced and directed by the team behind the Bafta Scotland award-winning Scot Squad."
The BBC says: "Joined by TV personality Aggie MacKenzie and Still Game's Scott Reid, their road trip takes a series of unexpected and anarchic turns, all engineered by Larry, intent on leaving them feeling Whiplashed."
Don't Ask Fern
BBC iPlayer comedy in which Perthshire farmer Jim Smith offers a unique insight on life in this mini-mockumentary. The sitcom is a spin-off from his digital shorts which have been shown as part of the Short Stuff strand. The Farm also stars Ann Louise Ross and Chris Forbes.
The Social Presents... Comedy
Highlights from BBC Scotland's experimental emerging talent strand. Presenter Marjolein Robertson guides audiences through the sketches.
A compilation of comedy sketches from BBC Scotland's online shorts.