Friday Night Live. Image shows from L to R: Hugh Laurie, Dame Edna Everage (Barry Humphries), Jo Brand, Julian Clary, Harry Enfield. Copyright: London Weekend Television / Channel 4 Television Corporation.

Friday Night Live

Channel 4 stand-up showcase. 10 episodes (1 series) in 1988. Stars Ben Elton, Harry Enfield, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and others.

Friday Night Live

Channel 4 stand-up series that followed on from Saturday Live. Most notable for furthering the careers of comedians like Jo Brand and Harry Enfield

Channel 4
10   (1 series)
Ben Elton, Harry Enfield, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Lee Evans, Moray Hunter, Jack Docherty, Josie Lawrence and others
Ben Elton and Jack Docherty
Ian Hamilton
Geoffrey Perkins and Geoff Posner

In 1988, Channel 4's Saturday Live was moved to a Friday evening slot, and this series the result.

Hosted by Ben Elton when he was at the top of his game, these ten episodes starred many of the most well-known 1980s' comedians, including the likes of Josie Lawrence and Hugh Laurie.

The series is notable for some of the new comedians it gave air-time to. For example, Jo Brand's first TV performance was on Friday Night Live.

The real star of the show though was Harry Enfield - he jumped into the comedy super stardom league when he revealed his new characters on this show. His creations, like the now iconic Loadsamoney, perfectly tapped into the 'greed is good' ethos sweeping the nation at the time.

Production Details

Production companies
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 19th February 1988 on Channel 4 at 10:30pm
Last new broadcast
Friday 29th April 1988 on Channel 4 at 10:30pm
Length of episodes
75 minutes

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