To TV and radio recordings
You can see some of Britain's finest comedy talents for free at the recording of TV and radio shows - as well as getting a sneak peak at forthcoming programmes.
Tickets are now available for the following shows. When booking by e-mail, please state which show you wish to attend, the date and the number of tickets you require (four is usually the maximum) as well as your full name, address and daytime telephone number. Sometimes shows have minimum age limits, so check if in doubt.
Please note that you should apply for tickets by clicking the links in the copy. Do not email Chortle, we have nothing to do with these recordings and will not respond to any emails about them.
The John Bishop Show
New to BBC One, John Bishop is hosting a new series featuring the best in comedy, music and variety.
To be filmed at the famous Hackney Empire, Bishop will be handpicking and welcoming the hottest and newest comedians around, music guests and acts from the world of variety.
The show will be recorded at the Hackney Empire, East London, on Wednesdays May 13, 27 and June 10, 17. Apply for free tickets from Standing Room Only.
The Brig SocietyMarcus Brigstocke returns to the studio with the latest series of his stand-up and sketches in which he is put in charge of something - the Foreign Office, football, Facebook - and discovers how difficult it really is. Recording in Central on May 16 (Shaw Theatre) and June 13 and July 5 (RADA theatre). For free tickets visit the BBC ticket unit.
Mitch Benn SpecialsMitch Benn records two Radio 4 shows: the first on Wednesday 13 May at RADA Studios about David Bowies; Wednesday 27 May at BBC Radio Theatre about Bob Dylan. Apply for free tickets from BBC ticket unit.
The first sitcom from comedian Susan Calman about grown-up sisters who live together. Sisters is described as ‘a classic odd couple comedy that tackles the painfully funny world of the love/hate relationship you can never escape’.
The show will be recorded at the Rada Studios in Central London on May 8 and 15. Apply for free tickets from Hat Trick Productions.
Alan Davies As Yet Untitled
The improvised comedy panel show for Dave returns, recording at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, Central London, on April 21, 22, 25 and May 1 and 6. Apply for free tickets from Applause Store.
The Museum of CuriosityJohn Lloyd returns for a new series of the panel show about fascinating information. Recording at the BBC Radio Theatre in New Broadcasting House, Central London, on May 24 and June 7, 10 and 13. Note that recordings are at 2.45pm or 5.45pm. For free tickets visit the BBC ticket unit.
Simon Evans Goes to MarketIn this new series for BBC Radio 4, the stand-up comedian looks at the economic of four goods that might perhaps be referred to as ‘bad’ - coffee, alcohol, tobacco and sugar. With the help of a variety of experts and regular co-host, presenter of More or Less, Tim Harford, he shows how economics really is part of our everyday life.
Recording on May 17 and June 5 and 12 at the BBC Radio Theatre in New Broadcasting House, Central London. For free tickets visit the BBC ticket unit.
Comedian Bennett Arron is both Jewish and Welsh, no joke - although it is the starting point for jokes… He has adapted his stand-up show Jewelsh for BBC Radio Wales.
It will be recorded at Chapter Arts Centre on Saturday May 2 at 7:30pm. Free tickets are available from the venue’s website.
Big Problems with Helen Keen
Following up Helen Keen’s award-winning It Is Rocket Science, Big Problems with Helen Keen combines comedy and scientific fact for a fresh look at why it’s hard to be a human. This show is about big problems and the brilliant, unlikely and sometimes downright dangerous, technological solutions humanity has come up with to solve them.
he show will be recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre in New Broadcasting House, Central London, at 7.15pm on April 28 and May 6. Apply for free tickets from the BBC ticket website.
New BBC One sitcom Mountain Goats is a lively studio comedy based around the antics of Jimmy and his ragtag family of Mountain Rescue volunteers.
Recording at BBC Scotland in Pacific Quay on April 23; May 14, 21, 28 and June 4 at 6pm.
Tickets from the BBC tickets website.
It’s Not What You Know
Miles Jupp hosts the Radio 4 panel show in which panellists nominate someone they think they know well - dad, daughter, best friend, mother-in-law, fitness instructor - to answer as series of questions. They then get points if they can match the answers their nominees gave.
Recording at the BBC Radio Theatre in New Broadcasting House, Central London, on May 5 and 26 at 7.15pm.
Tickets from the BBC tickets website.
AirHeads is a new entertainment show for BBC Two set in the world of drones and presented by Ed Leigh, Susie Perry, and Andrew Maxwell.
Two teams will build their own drones and then take part in extraordinary and dramatic challenges out in the world and inside the studio.
The show will be recorded on Friday May 15 at MediaCity, Salford. Apply for free tickets from Standing Room Only.
The Lentil Sorters
From the producers of Cabin Pressure comes a new sitcom set in the Office of Local National Statistics - nicknamed The Lentil Sorters. It would be a little piece of heaven on earth for the boss, stats-obsessed Graham (Vincent Franklin), were it not for his two assistants, the socially-driven Audrey (Rebekah Staton), who wants to use statistics for good and ex-banker Daniel (Kieran Hodgson) who wants to use statistics to sell discretely to an outside polling firm,
The show will be recorded at the RADA Studios in Central London on May 20 and 31. Apply for free tickets from the BBC.
Posted: 27 Jun 2006