Comedy of the Week

Comedy of the Week Podcast

Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Darren Harriott.

The Pin
The latest series from Ben and Alex, aka "The Pin", is a sketch-sitcom hybrid. The award-winning sketch duo are forced to record their latest series in their flat and the boys are glad of the new creative freedom this opportunity presents, away from the "prying eyes of the BBC". Unfortunately, their creative freedom is short-lived, thanks to numerous intrusions from the boys' unlucky neighbour Maria, Ben's mother and an AirBnB lodger who's in town for a stag party. The Pin At Home is written by Alex Owen a...

Elephant in the Room
Sarah Millican hosts a new panel show using surveys to discover who is the most Average Jolene, and who is the most Maverick Matilda. This week's sparkling panel features Kathy Burke, Liz Carr, Desiree Burch and Tom Allen. Surveys on subjects including childhood, daily rituals and favourite cheese are the basis for Sarah's questions to the panellists, discovering who is the closest to, and furthest from, the average. Surprising quirks, hilarious insights and unexpected anecdotes are revealed along the way....

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme
John Finnemore returns to Radio 4 with an eighth series of his multi-award-winning sketch show, joined by his regular ensemble cast of Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Simon Kane, Lawry Lewin and Carrie Quinlan. This episode, contains some handy mnemonics, an unilluminating interview, and a de-illuminating editor's note. Support for John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme comes from all the usual companies who support podcasts. John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme was described by The Radio Times as "the best sketch sh...


The East Coast Listening Post
American reporters and sisters, Jenna and Dana Johnson, return to the UK to investigate the people of Great Britain. This week Jenna and Dana meet Rhodri Williams from the village of Tregafr, who is defending his right to take part in an ancient Welsh tradition known as Ras y Benglog or The Skull Run. The East Coast Listening Post was written and performed by Celeste Dring and Freya Parker, with performances from David Elms and Steffan Rhodri. The original score was composed by Owain Roberts. The script ed...

V.I.P. R.I.P.
Jo Brand hosts the show looking back on all those VIPs who are RIP this week, such as film producer Chip Brockleman, Instagram star Olivia Eating, South African cricketer Janco Van Wijk and sex researcher Virginia Dunt. VIP RIP is voiced by Jan Ravens, Emma Sidi, Vivienne Acheampong, Daniel Maier, George Fouracres, Michael Bertenshaw and Anil Desai. It is written by Max Davis, Catherine Brinkworth, Kat Sadler, Madeleine Brettingham and James Kettle. Producer, Sam Michell A BBC Studios Production...

Suggs: Love Letters to London
A side of London you’ve never heard before, seen through the eyes of a national treasure. In this opening episode, Suggs gives us his unique view of Spittalfields and Shoreditch - or, as he likes to call it, the Liberty of Norton Folgate. With a couple of songs, a few surprising stories and a loving view of one of most vibrant cities on the planet. Performed by Suggs Written by Suggs with Owen Lewis Directed by Owen Lewis Musical Director: Owen Parker Executive Producer: Richard Melvin A Dabster productio...


Phil Wang: Wangsplaining
The UK is more divided than ever, and no one seems able to agree on anything. What’s needed is a little outside perspective. Enter: Phil Wang – a caustic British-Malaysian comedian who grew up on the island of Borneo. A centrist with a heart; an artist with an engineering degree. In this pilot episode, Phil turns his attention to the British Empire - was British colonialism really one big crime? Modern liberalism would say so, but Phil’s Dad sure misses those prompt British buses. Written by and starring...

Ed Reardon's Week
Comedy series written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds. Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive email, attempts to survive in a world where the media seems to be run by idiots and lying charlatans. In the first episode of this new series, Ed and Elgar return to London (from their failed jaunt living in a shepherd's hut in the country) destitute and on the lookout for a new roof over their respective heads. Could a carrier bag filled with wooden spoons be...

When Jeremy Hardy Spoke to the Nation
The first part of a two-part look back at one of Radio 4’s best-loved comedians. You can hear episode two on BBC Sounds from Thursday 23rd May. Not quite a biography, not quite a documentary, these programmes celebrate Jeremy Hardy’s Radio 4 life, with material from his very first appearances in stand-up shows in the mid-1980s, via his own early sitcom At Home With The Hardys, and right through to his glorious appearances on The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue – as well as the very best of the ten...


Suzi Ruffell: Postcards to Portsmouth
Stand-up special from Suzi Ruffell about growing up in Portsmouth and sending postcards to back home. Through sharp storytelling and real-life examples, Suzi introduces the audience to her large and entertaining Portsmouth family. Postcards to Portsmouth was written and performed by Suzi Ruffell, with additions from Ann Ruffell. It was produced by Suzy Grant and is a BBC Studios production....

Hugo Rifkind's Search For Power
Who, in modern Britain, has power? That's the question Hugo Rifkind asks in this new series of stand-up journalism. Each week, Hugo looks at a group of people generally considered powerful, and examines what they actually can and can't do. Hugo ought to know about power. Born into a political family, he attended Cambridge and has spent 18 years writing for The Times. During that period, he has met prime ministers, royalty, Eurocrats, lawyers, judges, celebrities, billionaires and, of course, other members ...


Simon Evans Goes to Market - Adam Smith
Radio 4's premier comedy-economics hybrid is five series old and the time is right to take a step back, and perhaps two steps up, and tackle the big, competing theories of Macro Economics. These are little short of religions to their proponents, and the figures who devised them dominate the intellectual landscape in a way that mere politicians can only dream of. These are the Big Beards, the Glinting Eyes, the Bristling Moustaches and Eyebrows of "Worldly Philosophy" and their insights, calculations and hal...

Fred at The Stand
Fred MacAulay is back at The Stand Comedy Club in Glasgow doing what he does best - making people laugh. This new series brings another selection of some of the best of stand-up comedians working in the UK right now. Some you’ll know and some you won’t - yet. In this first episode, Fred introduces the incredible Ria Lina who celebrates her favourite child with her unique parenting style, the challenging Eshaan Akbar sees through thinly-veiled racism on public transport, the self-confessed underdressed Sus...

The Skewer (Extended Mix)
An extended mix of the brand new open-door topical show from the mind of broadcaster, producer and audio-fiddler Jon Holmes of Listen Against and The Now Show - with digital consultancy and audio support from the Technical Director of the relaunched Radiophonic Workshop. It’s also a radio comedy access point for a new generation of satirists who don’t write sketches, jokes and one liners, but instead channel their talents into playing around with sound. Sketch-writing has long been the way into radio comed...


Ability
Matt is 25. He has cerebral palsy and can only speak via an app on his iPad. Everyone who cares about Matt knows that this isn't the defining thing about him. He is funny and clever and "up for stuff" - partly because he is keen to show that there's nothing he can't do, but also because, if he's honest, he's aware that he's less likely than other people to get the blame. In this second series of the award nominated comedy, Matt is still sharing a flat with his best mate, Jess. He is still in love with her ...

Giles Wemmbley Hogg Goes Off... Article 50
He’s back! Marcus Brigstocke stars as Budleigh Salterton’s biggest idiot, come to help us over the cliff-edge in a show that - in a tribute to Brexit – will still be being put together right up to the last minute. It's misery chez the Wemmbley Hogg household. Since Giles's mother - Mums - and his father - Peter Wemmbley Hogg, same spelling - voted on opposite sides of the Brexit coin, nobody is speaking to each other anymore and Giles isn't even allowed to use the word "chez”. So, if - like Giles - you're...

Date Night
Semi-improvised comedy show written and performed by Marc Wootton with Catherine Tate, Monica Dolan, Katherine Parkinson, Hammed Animashaun, Ellie White and Jamie Demetriou. Together they portray a series of couples all embracing the modern phenomenon of date night. DATE NIGHT, noun: A pre-arranged occasion when a couple who have been together for a long time commit to a regular night out in order to keep their relationship alive. The series follows a collection of couples who are desperately trying to ke...


The Wilsons Save The World
Mike Wilson has some key loves in his life – his sourdough starter, his wife and children (obviously), but also the cult rock group of his formative years - The Smiths. Jangly and heartfelt it’s perfect music for the tortured soul; albeit one with a comfortable and privileged life. Until that is, Cat comes crashing in with her questions. Are some of Morrissey’s more recent statements problematic and if so, can we separate the arts from the artist? What else can’t we enjoy anymore? A rummage through his pare...

Just a Minute
Paul Merton, Sheila Hancock, Josh Widdicombe and Julian Clary join Nicholas Parsons for the panel game where the challenge is to speak without hesitation, repetition or deviation. Produced by Matt Stronge. A BBC Studios Production....

Alexei Sayle's The Absence of Normal
Episode 1: The Only Man Stalin Was Afraid Of Alexei Sayle’s The Absence of Normal is a series of dark comic plays narrated by Alexei Sayle and adapted from his original short stories. The Only Man Stalin Was Afraid Of finds one of the world’s most murderous dictators in desperate need of help from an old friend. Starring Peter Capaldi, Freya Parker and Peter Serafinowicz Written and adapted for radio by Alexei Sayle Produced by Joe Nunnery A BBC Studios Production...


The World of Simon Rich
Celebrated American humourist Simon Rich returns with more of his enchanting tales of the absurd. Performed in London by a top-drawer cast of comic talent including Robert Webb, Cariad Lloyd, Jamie Demetriou, Lewis Macleod and Freya Parker. Produced by Jon Harvey A Hat Trick production for BBC Radio 4...

Small Scenes
Award-winning sketch series starring Daniel Rigby, Mike Wozniak, Cariad Lloyd, Henry Paker and Freya Parker. Featuring more overblown, melodramatic scenes from modern life, including a visit to the first ever Crufts for Cats and a terrifying reminder as to why you should never try and cancel your membership of The National Trust. Producer...Simon Mayhew-Archer A BBC Studios production...

Life on Egg
When an oil field is discovered in the sea near The Egg, the team are excited about the riches that could soon come their way. But their excitement is short-lived when they discover this oil field could actually threaten the very existence of The Egg itself. It'll take all of Harry, Anne and Peter's wit, courage and determination to extricate themselves from this sticky situation. It might also take a guillemot or two. Starring: Harry Hill as Governor Harry Karen Bartke as Anne Marek Larwood as Peter Gyles...


ReincarNathan
Nathan Blakely was a popstar, Until he died and was reincarnated as a snail. Will he ever make it back to human again? It's Quantum Leap meets Planet Earth meets an idiot. Daniel Rigby, Diane Morgan and Josh Widdicombe star in this new comedy series about the afterlife. A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4 Diane Morgan - Jenny Daniel Rigby - Nathan Tom Craine - Tim from next door Henry Paker - Denis and Waiter Freya Parker - Susan, Conchita, Dying Snail Josh Widdicombe - Bert Writers: Tom Craine and ...

Prepper
Comedy with Sue Johnston and Pearl Mackie. Trump. ISIS. The Courgette Crisis. Signs of civilisation’s fragility are all around. No wonder the Doomsday Clock just nudged closer to midnight. In this fearscape, more and more ordinary people are wondering how they’d cope if everything we take for granted (law and order, access to healthcare, iceberg lettuces in Sainsburys) was taken away. Preppers - a large and rapidly growing global community - have taken this thought one step further. They’re actively skil...

Mark Steel's In Town
Mark Steel returns to Radio 4 with the ninth series of his award-winning show that travels around the country visiting towns that have nothing in common but their uniqueness. After thoroughly researching each town, Mark writes and performs a bespoke evening of comedy for the local residents. In the first episode Mark visits Hastings. Hastings is mainly known for its famous battle, but they don't like to go on about that. Apart from over seventy businesses with 1066 in the title, you hardly see it mentione...


Love in Recovery
Comedy drama set in AA starring Sue Johnston, Rebecca Front, John Hannah, Paul Kaye and Johnny Vegas. Written by Pete Jackson, based on his own road to recovery....

Angela Barnes: You Can't Take It With You
Award-winning comedian and super-sharp everywoman Angela Barnes tackles life and love and, with the help of the audience, packs herself a fantasy coffin. In part tribute to Angela's beloved late father - a larger than life gregarious character, he was a sex shop manager, naturist, and a big fan of caravans and pranks - Angela celebrates his carpe diem approach to life, and his motto "You Can't Take It With You". When her father died very suddenly in 2008, Angela and her family proved him wrong and stuffed h...

Party
Writer Tom Basden reunites the cast of this critically acclaimed Radio 4 series six years on as the group of aspiring political agitators once again apply their small minds to big problems. This Christmas one-off special sees the team reunite one last time to take on Donald Trump. Starring Tom Basden...Simon Anna Crilly...Mel Tim Key...Duncan Jonny Sweet...Jared Katy Wix...Phoebe Producer...Julia McKenzie A BBC Studios Production...


The Tim Vine Chat Show Christmas Special 2018
Tim Vine hears the Christmas stories of the British public and offers up a sack full of seasonal one-liners, definitely not traditional songs and fiendishly silly seasonal games. Featuring a seasonal lawn-mowing song and a man who lost his Christmas dinner. Producer: Richard Morris A BBC Studios Production...

The Damien Slash Mixtape
Multi-character YouTube star Damien Slash makes the move from online to Radio 4, in this new fast-paced, one-man sketch comedy show. From the surreal to the satirical, from the zeitgeist to the absurd, Damien serves up a range of high octane characters, all from his own voice. Adverts, actors, hipsters, trolls - no aspect of modern life is left un-skewered. Written by and starring Damien Slash (aka Daniel Barker). Guest starring Natasia Demetriou Production coordinated by Hayley Sterling Produced by Matt S...

Tudur Owen - Where on Earth is Anglesey?
What do CenterParcs, Sky Sports and The Royal Horticultural Society all have in common? They’ve all accidentally omitted Anglesey from their official maps of the UK in the recent past. It seems that despite being the largest island in the Irish Sea and the largest island of Wales, Anglesey remains a mystery to most and so one man is going to have to work his socks off to put it firmly back on the map. Hosted by Wales and Anglesey’s very own favourite stand-up, Tudur Owen, this programme is one man’s missi...


Alex Edelman's Peer Group
Nominated for this year’s main Edinburgh Comedy Award, and winner of the Newcomer in 2014, American comedian Alex Edelman is back for a second series of his show PEER GROUP in which he takes a comic look at what it’s like being a millennial today. The first episode is all about his relationship with materialism and what millennials actually want to own, apart from - obviously - a house. He looks at how the internet has changed people's perceptions of owning things, and what things actually mean anything to...

The Cold Swedish Winter: Childhood
The fourth series of the comedy following the fortunes of a British comic who has married into a Swedish family and is building a new life in Scandinavia. The series is set and recorded on location in Sweden, written Danny Robins (co-creator and writer of the Lenny Henry comedy Rudy’s Rare Records), and stars Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning comedian Adam Riches along with a cast of Sweden’s most popular TV comedy actors. We catch up with Geoff (Adam Riches) and Linda (Sissela Benn) as the generous period of ...

Ankle Tag
The Evans family are back for another series. Former convict Bob is forced to live with his uptight son Gruff, sympathetic daughter-in-law Alice and granddaughter Carys whilst on parole. Ex-fraudster Bob gets the opportunity to catch up with a former resident of C Wing, who has written about his time in prison. Bob – Steve Speirs Gruff – Elis James Alice – Katy Wix Richard Flint – Neil Pearson Tabitha – Adelayo Adedayo Hakan – Naz Osmanoglu Pam - Anna Brophy Leon Written by Benjamin Partridge & Gareth ...


Joy
New sitcom starring Jocelyn Jee Esien about the world of a youth group leader called ‘Joy’. Joy was written by Jocelyn Jee Esien and Bola Agbaje, the script editors were Sarah Campbell and Laura Major. The performers were Nicholas Bailey, Nimisha Odedra, Vivienne Acheampong and Nathan Bryon. Producer, Suzy Grant A BBC Studios production...

Britain in Bits with Ross Noble
Ross Noble presents his surreal magazine show featuring celebrity guests and stories from around Britain - the best bits, the worst bits, the fascinating bits and the downright strange bits. Ross is joined in the studio by presenter, author and actress Fern Britton while Piers reports on the new musical about to make a splash in the West End - Boulangerie du Honte, a prequel to Les Miserables. We also hear about the rise in pickpockets and how we can protect ourselves, and an amazing story about an unlikel...

Mark Watson Talks A Bit About Life
This episode was first broadcast in 2016. Multi-award winning Mark Watson is assisted and impeded in equal measure by henchmen Sam Simmons and Will Adamsdale, as he revives his quest to make some sort of sense of life against the backdrop of a world that, in recent times, has come to seem even more peculiar than usual. The tenacious trio take on some of human life's central topics - family, spirituality, Scandinavia. Watson peddles his unique, high-octane stand-up while Simmons and Adamsdale chip in with...