Free tickets

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 Society

Marcus 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.

Frank Skinner’s The Rest Is History

The Radio 4 panel show returns for a second series. Each episode will see Frank Skinner, along with his historian in residence Kate Williams, joined by a selection of celebrity guests, who will help him navigate his way through the annals of time, picking out and chewing over the funniest, oddest, and most interesting moments in history.

Previous guests include: Katy Brand, Josh Widdicombe, Sara Pascoe And David Baddiel.

Apply for free tickets to recordings on July 6 and 15 from

Nan with Catherine Tate

Two new specials are being recorded on Friday June 12 and 19 at The ITV London Studios on the South Bank at 2.15pm and 6.45pm each day. Apply for free tickets from Standing Room Only.

Duck Quacks Don’t Echo

Lee Mack’s comedy show about amazing facts and trivia is returning. Each episode Lee will be joined by three big name celebrity guests who will each bring with them an incredible fact, such as ‘it is possible to start a fire by rapidly rubbing together two cool Ranch Doritos’ or ‘you can make diamonds from peanut butter’ which will be put to the test. But whose fact is the best?

Guest lined up for the new series include Catherine Tate, Jerry Springer, Bob Mortimer, Jerry Springer, Jack Dee, Jimmy Carr, Sarah Millican, Rob Brydon, Ricky Wilson, Davina McCall, Heston Blumenthal and Dara O Briain.

Recording at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, on June 23 and 24. For free tickets visit Applause Store.

Simon Evans Goes to Market

In 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.

6 Degrees

Six Degrees is a new science panel show with the same format as Never Mind the Buzzcocks aiming to mix comedy and high science.

It’ll be hosted by Professor Brian Cox, with guests drawn from the worlds of science and comedy.

A pilot records at the London Studios on July 3 at 6.15pm.

To enter a draw for free tickets, visit the BBC tickets website.

Breaking The News?

Breaking The News is BBC Radio Scotland’s new topic comedy panel show.

Hosted by comedian Des Clarke, a mix of comedians and journalists will take a satirical look at the week’s news.

The show will be recorded at Glasgow School of Art Student’s Association on Friday May 22 (a pilot), then on June 4, 11, 19 and 25 (at a venue to be confirmed).. Apply for free tickets from the BBC.

Posted: 27 Jun 2006

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