Joe Lycett

Joe Lycett

Date of birth: 30-11-1987

Former drama student Joe Lycett's first gig was at the Comedy Store in Manchester in February 2008, and later that year was a finalist in the City Life North-West Comedian Of The Year.

The following year he won the Chortle Student Award and was runner-up in the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year.

In 2010, he was named best newcomer in the Chortle Awards, and the following year he received his first TV break, as a regular panellist on Alexander Armstrong's primetime Saturday night BBC 1 show Epic Win.

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Joe Lycett, consumer champion

Stand-up pilots a comedy take on Watchdog

Joe Lycett is piloting a new consumer affairs show that offers a comic twist on the likes of Watchdog.

In it, the comic will deliver ‘a hilarious dose of consumer justice on behalf of the people of Great Britain’, producers say. And a celebrity guest will also bring along their personal consumer gripe for Lycett to address.

The comic has long made a feature of escalating petty arguments into surreal epics in his work. A  video of him on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown describing how he contested a parking fine has been viewed more than two million times on YouTube alone, while his 2016 book  Parsnips, Buttered collected many of his absurd complaints letters and their responses. (Our review)

A not-for-broadcast run-through of the show, which has the working title  The Naughty Step, is due to be recorded in London next Thursday. Free audience tickets are available here.

Here’s that parking fine story:

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Published: 13 Mar 2018

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