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Show Me The Funny

ITV factual / stand-up. 7 episodes (1 series) in 2011. Stars Jason Manford, Alan Davies, Kate Copstick, Alfie Moore, Cole Parker, Dan Mitchell, Ellie Taylor and others.

Series 1, Episode 2 - Catterick

This week, the nine remaining contestants travel to Europe's biggest military base at Catterick.

Full synopsis

This week the aspiring comics are given a crash course in military training to help prepare five minutes of new comedy material for their next high-pressure gig; a stand-up night at a Scottish army barracks in front of 250 squaddies.

They immerse themselves in their audience's world, shadowing the troops from the assault course to the gym - but will they break into a bigger sweat on stage?

Keen to get in some early laughs, Cole decides to play a risky prank in front of the strict Drill Sergeant: "I've got a little rouse I'm planning for parade. I'm not sure how it's going to go down. It will either be a rip roaring comedy success... or not."

But Cole is left red-faced when he gets a very public grilling for cutting the buttocks out of his fatigues. The Sergeant fumes: "Him with his ar*e hanging out of his combats, get him in my office that f**ker!" He adds: "I didn't find it funny and I don't think any of the squad did so he might be in for a bit of a rough night [at the gig]."

Worried that he could have blown his chances with the audience, Cole reflects: "I may have shot myself in the foot here."

After a shaky first gig, Prince is desperate to prove himself on stage, but Alan Davies worries: "My concern for all comics is that nerves get the better of them."

Given the opening slot, Prince is first under the spotlight but his incoherent routine is quickly met with awkward silences. Backstage, Patrick comments: "That is why we put him on first because the crowd will be nicer. If we put him on last they would have killed him."

As Prince leaves the stage a disgruntled punter says: "He lost the plot a bit. He rambled on about some house. It made no sense whatsoever."

But as the baying crowd grow more and more hostile, it seems Prince isn't the only comic in the firing line...

As the free bar begins to take effect, the hecklers soon emerge in full force with female comic Ellie the first to be met with outbursts from the tipsy troops.

But refusing to be put off, when Patrick takes the stage he hits back at an audience member: "What was that? Where are you from mate? If you don't know just look at the tag in the back of your uniform!" He gets a big laugh, but the Squaddies have only just begun...

Cole seems to have less luck with the boisterous barracks as his earlier prank comes back to haunt him. Jason Manford comments from the stage door: "It's a problem when a heckler get's a bigger laugh than you!"

Notes

Prince Abdi was voted out.

Broadcast details

Date
Monday 25th July 2011
Time
9pm
Channel
ITV
Length
60 minutes
Ratings
2.48 million viewers (10.60% audience share)

Repeats

  1. Tuesday 26th July 2011 at 10:00pm on ITV4
  2. Wednesday 12th December 2012 at 12:55am on ITV4

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Jason Manford Host / Presenter
Alan Davies Self
Kate Copstick Self
Alfie Moore Self
Cole Parker Self
Dan Mitchell Self
Ellie Taylor Self
Patrick Monahan Self
Prince Abdi Self
Rudi Lickwood Self
Stuart Goldsmith Self
Tiffany Stevenson Self
Guest cast
Bob Mortimer Guest
Writing team
Jason Manford Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Paul Woods Director
Michael Cumming Director
Paul Woods Producer
Eireann Sharpe Producer
Emma Sayce Producer
Kenton Allen Exec Producer
Claire Zolkwer Exec Producer
Jeremy Salsby Exec Producer
Matthew Justice Exec Producer
Simon Rogers Production Designer
Damian Coldwell Composer
Martyn Smith Editor
Tris Harris Editor

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