Battle of the banter
Sky picks up Jack Dee panel show
Sky Atlantic has picked up the Jack Dee panel show Don’t Sit In The Front Row – in which stand-ups have to improvise routines based around audience members’ lives.
Each show will feature five comics and five members of the public, with those that generate – and inspire – the least amount of material eliminated in each round. The last contestant left in is the winner.
Sky has commissioned 16 episodes to air in the autumn.
Sky’s Antonia Hurford-Jones said: ‘The spontaneity of the audience interaction is what makes the show so exciting.
‘The comics are shooting from the hip - and you can tell they are. There's a certain joy about genuine spontaneity which can't be faked.’
The commission follows a successful non-broadcast pilot earlier this year, but the idea – Created by former Have I Got News for You producers Giles Pilbrow and Mark Barrett – has been in development since at least 2010.
Dee previously made a pilot of a topical panel show called Us Vs Them for Sky1 last year, but the idea was not picked up.
Posted: 5 Apr 2012