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Live At The Apollo

BBC Two and BBC One stand-up showcase series. 84 episodes (13 series), 2004 - 2018. Stars Jack Dee.

Another series is in development.
Series 6, Episode 1 is repeated on Dave today at 9pm.

Press Clippings

Proof that crowd-pleasing comedy isn't solely the preserve of middle-aged men. Particularly interesting is seeing those people you generally spot behind a panel-show desk or on a sofa. The late Joan Rivers dispenses deceptively ad hoc brilliance, while Jo Brand is withering but actually oddly conservative.

John Robinson, The Guardian, 16th June 2018

The reasoning behind this female-only special seems spurious, but there's no denying the talent. Sara Pascoe and Roisin Conaty feature, but perhaps most exciting is US comedian Michelle Wolf, fresh from her Trump-baiting triumph at the White House correspondents' dinner.

Ellen E. Jones, The Guardian, 2nd June 2018

Chris McCausland: the comic who can't see his audience

Comedian Chris McCausland makes his debut on the "Holy Grail" of TV comedy programmes Live at the Apollo early next year, but he hadn't planned on becoming a comedian at all. It was only after he went blind as a teenager, and then lost his job years later due to depression, that he turned to jokes.

Lucy Edwards, BBC, 17th December 2017

Preview: Live At The Apollo, BBC2

When a show is on its thirteenth series it would be understandable if it was starting to look a bit tired and ragged around the edges. But Live at the Apollo has survived a move - some might say relegation - from BBC1 to BBC2 and established a format that works well and could last for some time yet. In fact judging by the first episode of the new series it is better than ever. Didn't it once feature grinning celebrities in the audience in the past? There is none of that in episode one, just wall-to-wall all killer no filler genuine laughs.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 27th November 2017

Comedy Central reprimanded for Christmas Day f-bomb

Josh Widdicombe said the offending swear word during a broadcast of Live At The Apollo which aired before the watershed.

Ellie Harrison, Radio Times, 20th February 2017

Campaign to get Jeff Innocent on Live at the Apollo

A campaign has been launched to get BBC Two's Live at the Apollo to feature veteran comic Jeff Innocent.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 19th April 2016

Radio Times review

A lightly sparkling edition of the stand-up showcase, although without too much disrespect to the comics on the bill, a Christmas Apollo doesn't mean a host of bigger names. Josh Widdicombe, after a year of ubiquity that's included sitcom and topical comedy as well as stage work, gets a very warm welcome for a decent observational routine about going home for Christmas to a single bed. Before him are the ribald Tanyalee Davis and Hal Cruttenden, who's always a little edgier than his camp, cuddly persona suggests.

The host is ventriloquist Nina Conti, doing her now-familiar improvisation using audience members as dummies.

Jack Seale, Radio Times, 16th December 2015

Nick Helm: I died on Live At The Apollo

Nick Helm has described his appearance on Live at the Apollo as 'the worst gig of my life'. His set, which was characterised by mass walkouts and heckles, was recorded in September, and airs on Monday on BBC Two.

Jay Richardson, Chortle, 11th December 2015

Radio Times review

It's Sharon (Sharon Horgan) and Rob's (Rob Delaney's) third anniversary, but this episode of this gloriously honest, filthy and funny comedy focuses a lot more on their circle of friends - most of whom are dipping their toes into the singleton market and finding how tough it is. Chris (Mark Bonnar) cavorts with a prostitute while his estranged wife Fran (Ashley Jensen) is finding her clingy new boyfriend a bit much.

Rob's fabulously obnoxious American friend Dave (Daniel Lapaine) is also finding things tricky with pretentious new squeeze Catherine (which may make you warm to him a bit more). It's lonely and tough out there and it's comforting when we're back in the tender bosom of the main couple.

Ben Dowell, Radio Times, 10th November 2015

Radio Times review

Dara O Briain is a very safe pair of hands for hosting Live at the Apollo, which continues its newly-demoted run on BBC Two this week. Whether it's the sexiness of men's elbows, the tragedy that built the Channel Tunnel or a very clever (if rude) way to get men to be completely honest, the Irish comedian holds court with a casual confidence and panache that most of his peers could only dream of.

That said, his guests on tonight's show more than hold their own, whether it's the wry deconstructions of Zoe Lyons or the dark and controversial gags of Paul Chowdhry. Forget which channel it's on - when this series works, it really works.

Huw Fullerton, Radio Times, 10th November 2015

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