Jerry Sadowitz plans online version of his 1990s TV show

Tuesday 26th March 2024, 10:45am by Jake Godfrey

Jerry Sadowitz
  • Jerry Sadowitz is planning a new online version of his 1990s TV format The People Vs. Jerry Sadowitz
  • Members of the audience are invited to talk on any subject, except politics and religion, with Sadowitz picking the best to win
  • A pilot is to be recorded in London on 15th April

Controversial comedian Jerry Sadowitz is planning to launch an online version of his 1990s television series The People Vs. Jerry Sadowitz.

The format, which ran from 1998 to 1999 on Channel 5, featured Sadowitz as host talking to members of the public. The format saw the studio audience raise any subject they wished - except for politics and religion - with Sadowitz awarding the most deserving a prize of £10,000.

As host, he also had a bell, which, if run, the speaking audience member would have to stop and leave. Anybody who refused would be escorted off by a bouncer (played for one series by Dave Courtney).

Sadowitz said in a statement posted on X (Twitter): "The return of... The People Vs. Jerry Sadowitz! Well it's an attempt at a return. The idea is to film it and put it out online as a regular show. The first one will be recorded at The Betsy Trotwood Pub, Farringdon Rd, London on the 15th April 2024, 7:30pm, free entry!

"If you want to participate, email and let us know what you want to discuss, rant, moan about, show, share, anything goes. The venue is tiny, so if you want to come along, you have to participate (and agree to be recorded). Limited seating - book now! See you there."

Sadowitz, notorious for his live shows in which he fires his acerbic wit at anything and everything, has only appeared sporadically on television, due to the controversial nature of his live act. In 1992, he headlined his first television show on BBC Two, The Pall Bearer's Revue, which featured a mix of comedy, sketches and magic tricks. Aside from his comedy, Sadowitz is often cited as one of the most accomplished close-up magicians in the world.

His last television appearance was an acting role in Kathy Burke's 2012 comedy drama series Walking And Talking.

Sadowitz is currently in the midst of his latest tour, Comedian, Magician, Psychopath, which runs until 6th April.

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