Smack The Pony. Image shows from L to R: Fiona Allen, Sally Phillips, Doon Mackichan
Smack The Pony

Smack The Pony

  • TV sketch show
  • Channel 4
  • 1999 - 2003
  • 23 episodes (3 series)

Stylish, original and uninhibited Emmy award-winning sketch show starring Fiona Allen, Doon Mackichan and Sally Phillips. Also features Sarah Alexander, Darren Boyd, Cavan Clerkin, Amanda Holden and Adam Croasdell

Press clippings

Another chance to watch the entire first season of the cult sketch comedy show starring Fiona Allen, Doon Mackichan and Sally Phillips, running until 2.30am. In this pilot, the trio give their irreverent take on everything from walking the dog to going swimming and attending a spiritual healing.

Ammar Kalia, The Guardian, 29th May 2020

Smack The Pony's re-run marks a welcome silly return

Smack The Pony taught a generation of young women how to be goofy. It's message - and comedy - hasn't aged.

Zoe Beaty, i Newspaper, 29th May 2020

Doon Mackichan interview

Doon Mackichan on starring in David Mamet's #MeToo play Bitter Wheat: 'People might walk out, disgusted'. The comedy star also talks about roles for women and why a Smack The Pony reunion isn't happening but why a The Day Today one could be on the cards.

i Newspaper, 19th June 2019

Show that shaped me: Kirstie Swain on Smack the Pony

The writer of Channel 4's Pure celebrates a comedy that turned female TV archetypes upside down.

Broadcast, 4th April 2019

Smack The Pony: Amanda Holden was first choice for show

The groundbreaking female-led sketch show Smack the Pony burst onto screens exactly 20 years ago.

Rachel Foley, BBC, 19th March 2019

How Smack the Pony led the way in feminist comedy

An absurdist sketch show paved the way for the likes of Broad City and Chewing Gum.

El Hunt, i-D, 28th January 2019

The timeless genius of Smack the Pony

As Smack the Pony announce their comeback, we look at the beloved sketch show's best offerings so far ... and find they haven't aged at all.

Hannah Jane Parkinson, The Guardian, 23rd January 2019

Why we need a Smack the Pony reunion

Two decades after the cult sketch show first aired, its creators discuss its inception, near-death experiences and why they were the Spice Girls of turn-of-the-century comedy.

Ellen E. Jones, The Guardian, 21st January 2019

Sally Phillips interview

'We're always trying to do Smack The Pony again, but nobody's interested.'

Jay Richardson, Chortle, 2nd October 2018

Binging: Smack the Pony

Anneka Harry demands we all start watching Sally Phillips, Fiona Allen and Doon Mackichan's show right now. And if that doesn't make you, maybe her Top 10 sketches might.

Anneka Harry, Standard Issue, 15th September 2016

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