Late Night Gimp Fight

Late Night Gimp Fight

This five-man sketch group from London was formed in November 2008. They were nominated for best newcomer in the 2010 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards, and won best sketch or character act at the 2011 Chortle awards.

Late Night Gimp Fight are David Moon, Lee Griffiths, Matt Ralph, Paul Biggin and Richard Campbell

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Comedy returns to Channel 5

Starting with Gimp Fight's Impractical Jokers

Original comedy is returning to Channel 5 for the first time in about eight years.

A new version of prank show Impractical Jokers, starring sketch team Late Night Gimp Fight, will be the first programme to hit the schedules.

It comes under a deal Channel 5 and Comedy Central have struck to commission comedy programmes together. Comedy Central’s owner, the multinational media giant Viacom, bought Channel 5 from Daily Express owner Richard Desmond’s Northern & Shell group for £450million last year.

Nine half-hour episodes of Impractical Jokers have now been ordered to air across both channels, following a pilot episode made earlier this year. The show features four-fifths of the Gimp Fight team: Lee Griffiths, Matt Ralph, Paul Biggin and David Moon.

Impractical Jokers originally started in the States in 2011, with New York sketch troupe The Tenderloins, and the imported version is frequently Comedy Central UK’s top-rated show. This is the second British remake, following a BBC Three version with stand-ups Roisin Conaty, Marek Larwood, Joel Dommett and Paul McCaffrey running for two series in 2012 and early 2014.

Both the BBC Three and new Channel 5 show are made by independent production house Yalli.

Around a decade ago Channel 5 and Paramount Comedy – as Comedy Central was then called – had a joint development deal which produced sitcoms such as Suburban Shootout, about middle-class gangsters; Respectable, set in a brothel; and Angelo’s with Sharon Horgan. However Channel 5 soon abandoned comedy, except for archive clip shows.

Channel 5 director of programmes Ben Frow told TV trade magazine Broadcast today: ‘We have to make sure when we do comedy on Channel 5, we get it right. If it doesn’t rate that’s fine, but in terms of critical acclaim, it is imperative that we do not look like idiots and put some rubbish on the screen. We have to make sure that we’re playing with the big boys.’

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Published: 23 Apr 2015

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Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2009

Late Night Gimp Fight


Edinburgh Fringe 2010

Late Night Gimp Fight!


Edinburgh Fringe 2011

Late Night Gimp Fight! 2011


Edinburgh Fringe 2012

Late Night Gimp Fight [2012]


Edinburgh Fringe 2013

Late Night Gimp Fight [2013]


Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Late Night Gimp Fight


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