The Now Show. Steve Punt. Copyright: BBC.

Radio comedies up for BBC Audio Awards 2018

Shows starring Harry Enfield, Paul Whitehouse, John Finnemore, Marcus Brigstocke, David Jason and Jocelyn Jee Esien are amongst the nominees for the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2018.

British Comedy Guide, 21st November 2017

Radio review: The Now Show

Despite liking Hugh Dennis and Steve Punt since they emerged as Jasper Carrott's TV sidekicks, I've never been a big fan of The Now Show. Seeing it being made was far more fun than I've ever found it on air. Maybe the inclusion of relatively unknown Welsh performers like Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Tudur Owen and Lisa Jen Brown gave it a kick up the backside?

Louis Barfe, The Lady, 7th April 2017

Brexitphobic comedians are the real populists

Sneering at the 'enemy within', stand-ups today are bien pensant demagogues.

Patrick West, Spiked, 7th April 2017 Awards 2016 winners announced

The results of the Awards 2016 have been announced. Red Dwarf, Upstart Crow, John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme and Taskmaster are amongst the winners.

British Comedy Guide, 23rd January 2017

Radio 4 to broadcast six comedy pilots on twelfth night

Radio 4 is to "illuminate January with the spirit of misrule" by broadcasting a series of comedy pilots of the twelfth night, the 7th January.

British Comedy Guide, 21st December 2016

Rory Bremner did his best, and that's always almost by definition a hit-and-miss affair on TV. You can get sharper satire from Steve Punt on radio's The Now Show, and he manages it weekly. But there were some grand moments, not least his Cameron (whose voice he's now pretty much mastered; less so Miliband), here attempting to find a Blairite third way. "People are fed up with the old politics, where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. But both can happen."

Euan Ferguson, The Observer, 8th February 2015

Stone me, is it really 60 years since the first Hancock

What's more, he's been dead for 46 of those years. I don't remember him, actually. I was just a nipper at the time. But, by golly, he's influential beyond the grave.

Steve Punt, BBC Blogs, 29th October 2014

Radio Times review

Hugh Dennis and Steve Punt are the perfect hosts for this satirical minefield of a series. They have done it long enough to know when they are teetering on the edge of a brilliant gag or crossing the line into the darkest areas of BBC Compliance.

But they also have a crack production team to thank for this show's success -- it's recorded on a Thursday evening, editing starts at 9am on Friday and it's ready for broadcast at 6.30pm. And it is also a producer I have to thank for informing me that Hugh Dennis is only absent from this first show and back for programme two.

Jane Anderson, Radio Times, 12th September 2014