Lenny Henry's Race Through Comedy. Lenny Henry. Copyright: Douglas Road
Lenny Henry's Race Through Comedy

Lenny Henry's Race Through Comedy

  • TV documentary
  • Gold
  • 2019
  • 3 episodes (1 series)

Documentary exploring British comedy representing various diverse races and cultures. Features Lenny Henry, Robert Beckford, Trevor Phillips, Michael Grade, Ayesha Hazarika and more.

Episode menu

Series 1, Episode 2 - Stand-Up

Lenny Henry's Race Through Comedy. Image shows from L to R: Richard Blackwood, Lenny Henry. Copyright: Douglas Road
Starting with early pioneers such as Charlie Williams and Josh White, black men who braved the tough northern men's working clubs in the 1960s and 70s, the show also marks the start of Lenny Henry's own career.

Further details

Starting with early pioneers such as Charlie Williams and Josh White, black men who braved the tough northern men's working clubs in the 1960s and 70s, the show also marks the start of Lenny Henry's own career.

The show acknowledges the undeniable influence of the African-American cabaret club circuit as a training ground for a host of black comedians including the great Richard Pryor.

Buoyed by the work of Pryor and Eddie Murphy in the 1980s, a new generation of British comedians including Curtis Walker, Angie Le Mar and Stephen K Amos started to emerge. By the start of the millennium, black and Asian comedians were commonplace.

There are also contributions from Shazia Mirza, Shappi Khorsandi and Gina Yashere on the challenges of being a woman of colour in stand-up.

Broadcast details

Date
Wednesday 16th October 2019
Time
9pm
Channel
Gold
Length
60 minutes

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 21st October 2019 9:20pm Gold
Friday 13th March 2020 12:50am Gold
Wednesday 18th March 2020 12:25am Gold
Thursday 19th March 2020 2:25am Gold
Sunday 4th October 2020 11:40pm Gold
Monday 5th October 2020 10:25pm Gold
Tuesday 20th October 2020 10:00pm Dave
Wednesday 30th December 2020 11:20pm Gold
Saturday 2nd January 2021 2:55am Gold
Saturday 2nd October 2021 11:00pm Gold
Friday 8th October 2021 9:40pm Gold
Tuesday 19th October 2021 11:00pm Dave
Sunday 13th March 2022 11:00pm Gold
Monday 16th May 2022 1:55am Gold
Wednesday 29th June 2022 1:00am Gold
Monday 2nd January 2023 2:00am Gold
Tuesday 8th August 2023 2:30am Gold
Monday 16th October 2023 12:15am Gold
Sunday 22nd October 2023 1:10am Gold

Cast & crew

Cast
Lenny Henry Host / Presenter
Robert Beckford Self
Trevor Phillips Self
Michael Grade (as Lord Michael Grade) Self
Ayesha Hazarika Self
Ellis Cashmore Self
Angie Le Mar Self
Gina Yashere Self
Terry Jervis Self
Paul Chowdhry Self
Shazia Mirza Self
Charlie Hanson Self
Vas Blackwood Self
Javone Prince Self
Stephen K Amos Self
Richard Curtis Self
Shaparak Khorsandi (as Shappi Khorsandi) Self
Jocelyn Jee Esien Self
Sindhu Vee Self
Kojo Mante (as Kojo) Self
Paul Whitehouse Self
Guest cast
Curtis Walker Self
Richard Blackwood Self
Production team
Marina Warsama Series Director
Carlton Dixon Series Producer
Lenny Henry Executive Producer
Angela Ferreira Executive Producer
Iain Coyle Executive Producer
Jill Cumberbatch Edit Producer
Shabazz Graham Editor
Tonye Paul-Worika Editor
Ian Watts Director of Photography
Kelvin Richard Director of Photography
Conor Connolly Director of Photography

Press

Lenny Henry's Race Through Comedy review

Despite a small handful of high-profile exceptions, black and Asian characters tend to be under-represented in TV comedy. But this fascinating new series demonstrates just how far we've come in a generation, while also giving an insight into Britain's social history as reflected through the screen.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 15th October 2019

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