Geoff Norcott

Geoff Norcott

Radio 4 to launch new stand-up strand

Comedians' shows adapted for Sunday slot

Radio 4 has announced a new weekly stand-up strand.

The first comics to have one-off shows in the Sunday night slot include Geoff Norcott (pictured), Tom Allen,  Pippa Evans and Ashley Blaker.

The slot is one of several new comedy commissions announced by Radio 4 today, prompting the channel’s comedy chief Sioned William to say: ‘It’s a delight to welcome another incredible bunch of comedians to the home of radio comedy.’

Set to launch next year, the slot will feature versions of many comedians’ stage shows, such as Norcott’s Right Leaning But Well Meaning in which he explains how he ended up voting Conservative and Leave, despite being a working class boy, son of a TUC officer and an ex-teacher

In Evans’ Joy Provision, The Now Show favourite asks how we can continue to take pleasure from the world when it's not like we were told it would be; and in Blaker’s Goyish Guide To Judaism, the UK's only strictly Orthodox Jewish comedian presents an insider's view of his religion.

Some of the other shows in this run include Bilal Zafar’s British Muslim Love, in which the 25 year-old British-born, first-generation Pakistani Muslim talks about how dating, love and marriage can be an awkward area for anyone but is especially complicated for Muslims; Tom Allen Is Actually Not Very Nice, in which the comic tries his best to appear poised while everything collapses around him; and Sami Shah: Islamofarcist which follows his 2015 Radio 4 show A Beginner's Guide To Pakistan.

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Published: 17 Aug 2017



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