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.

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Most of the acts come as across as listless, overlong and - worst of all - not very funny. In fact, it's surprising to observe how little the audience actually laugh.

Jack Kibble-White, Den Of Geek, 9th June 2008

Much, but not all, of the humour is rooted in the culture of 1980s Britain, the rise of the yuppie class, the dissatisfaction with Thatcher's Britain and other issues of the day. But the humour isn't all political: there's some broad physical humour courtesy of Lee Evans and Josie Lawrence provides some character-based monologues that satirise the world of television and celebrity.

A couple of the sketches fall flat, however, there are also some real strokes of comic genius too.

Paul Lewis, DVD Compare, 3rd June 2008