Comedy Blaps is Channel 4's pilot strand which aims to "develop new programme ideas and discover tomorrow's comedy stars today." The 2014 batch has already had its first success, with Roisin Conaty (pictured) having been given a half-hour broadcast pilot off the back of the videos she created. GameFace will be broadcast on Channel 4 on 23rd April (scheduled in the slot following Ricky Gervais series Derek).
Channel 4 is aiming to spread the free-to-watch online videos as far as possible, with the Blaps now available on Channel4.com as well as YouTube, Vimeo and as a podcast on iTunes and Feedburner.
Phil Clarke, Head of Comedy at Channel 4 says: "This is another brilliantly eclectic lineup of up-and-coming talent and, once again, you can actually see how short-form content can grow into a fully-fledged pilot by watching Roisin's brilliant portrayal of the hapless Marcella develop from Blap to standalone show."
Here are the three shows:
Three monologue-based videos based on themes from the Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated show by stand-up Liam Williams. The Blaps explore the broad themes of Things (would Liam be happier with more 'stuff' in his life?), Monotony (from school days to a grown-up routine) and Home (how his relatives have shaped his life) with a combination of stand-up and sketch comedy.
Pond is a single-video sitcom pilot set in the treacherous world of modern television commissioning, a world filled with bullshitters and arse-kissers. Armed solely with his sharp suits and flawed judgement, executive Ralph Michaels must secure a commission to keep his company afloat and his wife's kitchen refurb on track. Even if that means pitching to Simon Swervy, a man with all the power and self-awareness of a diseased and insane Roman Emperor.