Stewart Lee is to showcase some of the best offbeat comedians in a new stand-up show for Comedy Central.
The show is said to be similar in style to Seventies showcase The Comedians – with the same team of comics reappearing from week to week with extracts from their set – but updated for are more independent style of act.
Lee will also conduct on-screen interviews with the performers – as he did on his ‘red button’ extras from the Bafta-winning BBC Two series Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle.
Comedy Central is to make 12 half-hour episodes of the show, which they say is specifically designed to highlight acts that are overlooked by panel show and roadshow-style programmes.
The channel’s director of content and development Sarah Farrell said: ‘This is the first time there has been a vehicle to show how funny and accessible "alternative" stand-up comedy can be.
The brilliant talent involved in this new commission, will guarantee our viewers a unique and entertaining insight into a style of comedy rarely represented on television’
The show will be filmed in Edinburgh next month and aired in the autumn.