Dozens of the leading names on the stand-up circuit are to get exposure on a new ITV2 showcase.
Fifty performers will be taking part in the Comedy Cuts series – part of the digital channel’s drive to find hit new comedies that might transfer to the mainstream terrestrial channel.
Others include Howard Read with his six-year-old cartoon boy Little Howard, ebullient eccentric Sir Tim FitzHigham, and stand-up stars including Glenn Wool, Andrew Maxwell, Jason Byrne and Robin Ince.
The ten-part show places the comedians in locations to match their style, such as a school, church, park bench or a makeshift prison.
ITV2 is increasing its investment in homegrown programming by a third, with comedy a priority. Channel controller Zai Bennett recently told actors’ newspaper The Stage: ‘I want comedy that is right for our viewers - the 16-24 demographic. We need original comedy. We are keen to look at scripts, try things out and get more things into development.’