ITV to pilot new stand-up format Out There

Monday 4th February 2019, 11:24am

  • ITV is to broadcast Out There, a pilot in which stand-up comedians perform in different locations
  • Created by the producers of Mock The Week, locations will include a hot tub and a school classroom
  • The pilot will features a mix of up-and-coming comedians, and stars such as Kerry Godliman and Milton Jones
Out There. Image shows from L to R: Mark Simmons, Darren Walsh. Copyright: Angst Productions

ITV is to pilot a stand-up show in which comedians perform in 'real world' locations, rather than on the stage.

The channel explains: "Featuring Tom Allen, Kerry Godliman, Milton Jones and a host of other brilliant stand-ups, Out There showcases the country's top comedians performing 'out there' in the real world in places you've never seen them before."

The show has been devised by Mock The Week co-creator Dan Patterson, and will be produced by the panel show's production company Angst Productions.

Speaking about the show, the producers explain: "The format lifts the comics out of the comedy club and puts them in real-life situations, performing hilarious routines and jokes in real world locations. Where else could you see one-liner specialists Darren Walsh and Mark Simmons trading gags in a hot tub? Tom Allen stepping into the shoes of a stressed-out teacher in a school classroom? Kerry Godliman performing her routines from inside a Victorian folly? Answer? Nowhere except Out There."

The show features a number of one-liner comedians amongst the line-up, with the producers promising "a higher joke-per-minute rate than anywhere else on TV".

The producers add: "As well as featuring more established names, Out There continues Angst's commitment to bringing through new talent, with spots from performers like dark musical comic genius Huge Davies, Funniest Joke of the Fringe winning one-liner merchant Masai Graham and sharp-tongued Malaysian stand-up Nigel Ng."

Zoe Lyons, Ed Gamble, Rhys James, Ivo Graham, London Hughes, Nathan Caton, Rosie Jones, Bec Hill, Chris McCausland and Glenn Moore will also appear in the pilot.

Filming has been overseen by experienced director Geoff Posner, with musical stings provided by beatbox duo A-Cloud.

Out There will be shown on ITV later in February.

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