Joe Lycett

Joe Lycett

Date of birth: 05-07-1988

Joe Lycett's first gig was at the Comedy Store in Manchester in February 2008, and later that year was a finalist in the City Life North-West Comedian Of The Year.

The following year he won the Chortle Student Award and was runner-up in the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year.

In 2010, he was named best newcomer in the Chortle Awards, and the following year he received his first TV break, as a regular panellist on Alexander Armstrong's primetime Saturday night BBC 1 show Epic Win.

He is now a regular on TV and radio, and in 2018 won the Chortle award for best TV comedian.

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Joe Lycett throws a big Pride party

Two-hour celebration for Channel 4

Joe Lycett is celebrating Pride with a two-hour ‘big queer party’ from his Birmingham hometown on Channel 4.

The show comes six months after the comic’s similar Mummy's Big Christmas Do! for the broadcaster was pulled just days before transmission because of Covid concerns.

The new celebration will feature fellow comedians Mawaan Rizwan, Jen Ives and Rosie Jones, who will be reporting out on the road.

Musical acts include Boy George and Culture Club, Steps and Self Esteem, while other guests include Hollywood superstar Rupert Everett;  Joe Locke and Yasmin Finney from Netflix hit Heartstopper; It’s A Sin’s Olly Alexander,  Drag Race queens Tia Kofi and Tayce and Danny Dyer ‘making a cameo from the closet’.

Lycett joked: ‘As a straight white man who works in scaffolding I’m not quite sure why I’ve been asked to host this?’

The show will air later this summer, as the climax of Channel 4’s Proud All Over programming celebrating 50 years of Pride in the UK, and will include a countdown of the top 10 LGBTQ+ TV moments.

It is made by Rumpus Media with Lycett’s own amusingly-titled company My Options Were Limited

Louisa Compton, who is overseeing Channel 4’s Pride season, said: ‘This isn’t just any party – it’s a Pride party with purpose - and while we’ll be celebrating all that’s been achieved we’ll also be calling out where progress has stalled across the world. Watch out for some very noisy and exciting stunts.’

Joe Lycett’s Big Pride Party production credits

Made by: Rumpus Media and My Options Were Limited
Commissioned by: Phil Harris, head of entertainment and events and Steve Handley, commissioning editor for entertainment at Channel 4.
Executive producer: Susan Maxwell,
Producers: Alan Thorpe, Mark Barrett and Charlotte Barker.

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Published: 9 Jun 2022

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