Dom Joly

Dom Joly

Date of birth: 15-11-1968
Beiruit-born Dom Joly moved to Britain as a teenager, and started his professional career as a political producer for ITN. He then moved on to work off-camera on the first series of Channel 4's Mark Thomas Comedy Product.

He started doing hidden camera stunts as 'bumpers' between adverts and programmes on the Paramount Comedy Channel, and in 1998, made a pilot of Trigger Happy TV for Channel 4's Comedy Lab strand, which was commissioned for two full series, which run a silver Rose at the 2000 Montreux TV festival.

He was poached by the BBC for a rumoured £1 million, where he made the aggressive chat show This Is Dom Joly in 2003, before reverting to hidden camera work for World Shut Your Mouth in 2005.

He wrote a spoof autobiography in 2004 titled Look at ME, Look at ME! and writes a regular column for the Independent on Sunday

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Radio 4 is piloting six new topical comedy shows in its  6.30pm Friday night comedy slot.

The shows will be fronted by Rhys James, Dom Joly, Ria Lina, Catherine Bohart, Andrew Hunter Murray and – as Chortle previously reportedRachel Parris.

They will be broadcast in the slot usually occupied by long-running topical shows such as The News Quiz, Dead Ringers and The Now Show. Friday Night Comedy is also a hit programme and podcast on BBC Sounds. Last quarter, it was among the top ten on demand radio programmes globally.

The specials – all of which will be repeated at 12.30am on the Saturday following their original broadcast– are:

July 28: The Newsmakers

Rachel Parris (Late Night Mash) hosts this spoof interview show, speaking with the people at the centre of the week’s stories. This one-off will feature Bilal Zafar, Emily Lloyd-Saini, Sam Pamphilon and social media stars Rosie Holt MP and Michael Spicer.

August 4: What Are You Talking About?

Hosted by Rhys James, What Are You Talking About? investigates the major issues of the week before solving them perfectly forever. Rhys will be joined by a gaggle of comics including Alasdair Beckett-King and Celya AB, to look at the news and ask ‘Why?’, ‘How come?’ And ‘Why though?’

August 11: Dom Joly Breaks the News

A surreally mischievous take on the week's news stories by Dom Joly, best known for Trigger Happy TV.   Dom’s serious about tackling the actual news of the week. He just wonders whether approaching it from a slightly different angle might give us a more interesting answer.

 August 18: The United Nations of News

Ria Lina heads up a crack team of comics from around the globe including Daliso Chaponda (Malawi), Ignacio Lopez (Spain) and Heidi Regan (Australia) to discuss the UK's biggest stories before looking at what's hitting the headlines in their homelands. We show them ours, so they show us theirs. This is The United Nations of News: proof that comedy really is universal.

August 25: Catherine Bohart;  TL;DR

Columns. Analysis. The Guardian's Long Read. Who has time? Catherine Bohart, that’s who, and she and the TL;DR team will be digging deep into one big story that’s making the news this week to fill you in on how we got here.

September 1: The Naked Week

From The Skewer’s Jon Holmes comes The Naked Week, a fresh way of dressing the week’s news parading it around for everyone to point and laugh at.  Host Andrew Hunter Murray  will strip away the flimsy covering and jeer at not only the big stories, but also at the way in which the news itself is packaged and presented. From award-winning writers and a crack team of contemporary satirists - and recorded in front of a live audience - The Naked Week delivers a (consensual) topical news-nude straight to your ears.

Julia McKenzie, Radio 4’s commissioning editor for comedy, said:  ‘I’m hugely proud of the much-loved programmes in Radio 4’s Friday Night Comedy slot, which are so popular with listeners. This summer, I’m excited to add to the Friday Night Comedy roster by introducing six new one-off programmes, where we’ll hear fresh takes on topics from each week’s news from some of the best satirists around.’

Dead Ringers is currently airing in the slot, with The News Quiz returning for its 112th series on September 8, after the new specials, and The Now Show, fronted by Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis returning for its 58th run on November 3.

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