When Comedy Goes Horribly Wrong
When Comedy Goes Horribly Wrong

When Comedy Goes Horribly Wrong

  • TV documentary
  • Channel 5
  • 2018
  • 1 episode

Clip show in which Julian Clary looks at some comedy performances that didn't go to plan. Also features Billy Pearce, Bob Carolgees, Bill Oddie, Nicholas Parsons, Kate Robbins and more.

When Comedy Goes Horribly Wrong

Key details

Channel 5
Billy Pearce, Bob Carolgees, Bill Oddie, Nicholas Parsons, Kate Robbins, Ewen MacIntosh, Mike Haskins, Robert Ross and more
Kenny Reid
Kenny Reid, Elaine Hackett, Jason Wells, Simon Withington and Rob Smith

Clips show with Julian Clary, revealing the moments when laughter turns to tears. Includes the times a health scare soured the limelight for Little & Large, a stunt-fight turned to disaster for Russell Howard, and a ketchup-drenched photo got Kathy Griffin in hot water. Commentary by Arthur Smith, Ruth Madoc, Hattie Hayridge and more.

Key topics

1. Russel Howard breaks his finger on Russell Howard's Good News.

2. Katherine Ryan causes press outrage telling a joke about Filipino children on Mock The Week.

3. Jordan Paris gets caught out stealing jokes on Australia's Got Talent.

4. Hale & Pace's microwaving a kitten sketch.

5. Lee Francis ruining Craig David's career via his Bo' Selecta! sketches.

6. Bernard Manning admitting he is racist on The Mrs Merton Show.

7. James Corden makes ill-judged bad taste jokes about Harvey Weinstein's activities.

8. The backlash when Dapper Laughs (Daniel O'Reilly) switched to ITV2.

9. Benny Hill's humour becoming unacceptable in the late 1980s, and his show being axed by the BBC.

10. Little & Large being axed from the BBC, and Eddie's subsequent health problems.

11. Car in lake stunt goes dangerously wrong whilst filming Tom, Dick And Harriet.

12. Tyler Shields takes a picture of Kathy Griffin holding up a severed and bloody Donald Trump head.

13. Online comedy channel Van Banter pranks a man with a knife.

14. Steve Hofstetter tries to shut down a heckler that turns out to be a widower.

15. Adam Hunter officiates a wedding with inappropriate material.

16. News anchor Karl Stefanovic tries to tell The Dalai Lama a joke about pizza but it falls flat.

17. The Real Housewives Of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes tries to do stand-up comedy.

18. Michael Sorrentino (aka The Situation) bombs on The Comedy Central Roast Of Donald Trump.

19. Tony Hancock has problems with a prop table on a live episode of Hancock's Half Hour.

20. Duncan Norvelle's "too camp" pilot for Blind Date.

21. Johnny Carson's joke about a toilet roll shortage causes a stampede on supermarkets.

Additional details

Also known as
  • When Comedy Shows Go Horribly Wrong

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Sunday 18th February 2018 at 9pm on Channel 5
Episode length
180 minutes
All previous repeats
  • Friday 22nd May 2020 at 10:00pm on C5
  • Sunday 8th September 2019 at 10:00pm on C5

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