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The Stephen K Amos Show

BBC Two stand-up / sketch show. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2010. Stars Stephen K Amos, Vicki Hopps, Eddie Kadi and Rosalyn Wright.

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Stephen K Amos comedy show is axed by BBC

The BBC has axed comic Stephen K Amos's show after plummeting ratings and damning reviews.

Simon Boyle, The Daily Mirror, 1st July 2011

The first series of Stephen K Amos's stand up/sketch comedy/chat show comes to an end. It's been something of a hit and miss first outing, with the humour erring on the side of juvenile a lot of the time. Tonight, Amos welcomes fellow comedians Isy Suttie (who plays Dobby in Peep Show, also on this evening, see below) and Marlon Davis in to do a bit of stand-up. Meanwhile he does his weekly "phone call" to his mother (played by Amos in drag), and meets stuntman Paul Hammer (again, Amos in costume) who reveals he stood in for both Muhammad Ali and Rod Hull's Emu on Michael Parkinson's chat show.

The Daily Telegraph, 10th December 2010

Just over halfway through the run and Stephen K Amos's mix of stand-up, sketches and original guest acts is proving to be one of Friday evening's more reliably entertaining destinations. Tonight Amos invites Robbie Williams to sing the praises of video stuntman (and Amos alter ego) Paul "the Hammer" Preston.

Gerard O'Donovan, The Daily Telegraph, 25th November 2010

Stephen K Amos gets out and about

Big love to the Stephen K Amos massive! I'm feeling on top form after an amazing summer.

Stephen K Amos, BBC Comedy Blog, 11th November 2010

The new, non-threatening weekly mixture of stand-up, sketches and guest performers continues. Some of it is good, but Amos seems so anxious not to offend that he sometimes spikes his own guns, pulling back from the funniest parts. For instance, his spoof BBC News human-interest interview is well-judged, but he ends it by thanking the mocked member of the public for being "such a good sport".

Ed Cumming, The Daily Telegraph, 4th November 2010

Stephen K Amos almost has a rest

The Stephen K Amos Show started last Friday on BBC Two. We've been chatting to Stephen all year, and we wanted to share with you how he felt after finishing recording the show this summer - it's quite an undertaking, a six part comedy series!

Stephen K Amos, BBC Comedy Blog, 4th November 2010

A dreadful debut comedy vehicle for the seasoned stand-up comic. Although there is nothing wrong with its traditional format of a few studio-bound routines intercut with sketches - it's worked for everyone from Dave Allen to Stewart Lee - here it feels painfully strained and old-fashioned.

Amos is likeable enough, but his material is woefully pedestrian I curdled with embarrassment when he dragged up as his mother, a presumably recurring character that should never have been allowed.

Comedy doesn't always have to be cutting-edge or biting, but it should never resemble a forgotten mainstream comedy flop from 1983.

Paul Whitelaw, The Scotsman, 1st November 2010

Amos: I don't want to be labelled "the black gay comic"

The standup talks about coming out, the shortage of black performers on TV and why he's playing his mum.

Stephanie Merritt, The Observer, 31st October 2010

It's about time Stephen had his own show, so we're jolly pleased for him, although perhaps not as pleased as his mum, who appears in his show. Well, Stephen says it's his mum, and she looks very similar to him. In fact, and we don't want to sound cruel, but it's almost like it's him in drag. Then again, there's a good chance his mum won't make it into the studio, due to the efforts of a very officious security guard who plagues Stephen with problems...

Sky.com, 29th October 2010

Stephen K Amos is one of the most likeable men in comedy. He's a genuinely delightful man and his stand-up is very funny. We won't hear a word said against him. Not even the suggestion of a bad word about him. And we're delighted that he's on telly with a new stand-up and sketch show.

Is it any good? Well, there are good bits. His impression of his mum is funny. And there are sketches that work. But despite the fact he's a winning personality, is it a bit patchy and does it tail off badly? Um. The audience are intensely annoying. They really are. They laugh too loud at everything. Stephen himself though? Well, did you know that the K in his name stands for Kehinde? That's right. Kehinde. There you go. That's the fact to remember, when someone asks you: "I wonder what the K in Stephen K Amos stands for?" Kehinde.

tvBite, 29th October 2010

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