Chat Show Roulette. Justin Edwards. Copyright: John Stanley Productions.

Chat Show Roulette

BBC Radio 4 panel show. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2015. Stars Justin Edwards and James Sherwood.

Chat Show Roulette

Radio 4 chat show... but an improvised one in which the guests are all actually comedy performers playing characters. Justin Edwards hosts

Panel Show
BBC Radio 4
6   (1 series)
Ashley Blaker and Justin Edwards
Justin Edwards and James Sherwood
Ashley Blaker

Improvised character comedy show for Radio 4 in the shape of a traditional chat show.

Like many chat shows, there's one host, guests and a studio audience. However in this case the guests are all comedy performers who don't know who they will be playing until literally seconds before they appear. That's because their identities, backgrounds and life stories - and the questions that host Justin Edwards will ask - are chosen randomly from suggestions from the audience.

When the guests appear, the host engages with them like any good chat show host and the performers must go with it. But even then extra curveballs are thrown along the way as more facets of the guests' pasts are drawn from the audience suggestions. At the end of each interview, the 'guest' is asked to give some kind of performance whether singing or a demonstration of a special skill.

James Sherwood provides musical accompaniment.

Guests include Sandi Toksvig, Jeremy Hardy, Matt Lucas, Rebecca Front, Hugh Dennis, Simon Day, Charlie Higson and Mel Giedroyc.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 19th March 2015 on BBC Radio 4 at 11pm
Last new broadcast
Thursday 23rd April 2015 on BBC Radio 4 at 11pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Tuesday 10th December 2019 at 11:00pm on Radio 4 Extra

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