John Robins

John Robins

Winner of the 2017 lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Award, which he shared with Hannah Gadsby. Having begun comedy in 2005, and made his Edinburgh debut in 2007 as part of the Comedy Zone showcase. The following year, he teamed up with one of his contemporaries for Carl Donnelly vs John Robins vs Predator, before making his solo debut in 2009. He was named best compere in the 2015 Chortle Awards, too
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John Robins turns game show host

Comedian to challenge the internet in new Dave series

John Robins is to host a new game show for Dave.

In Beat The Internet, the Edinburgh Comedy Award winner will pit contestants against each other to predict how search engines respond to a series of questions.

Twenty half-hour episodes have been commissioned from production house Vice Studios.

Robins – who co-hosts the cult Radio X show with Elis James –  said: ‘For many years now I've been suspicious that the "internet" is getting too big for its boots. 

‘Its war against our high streets, laws and HMRC goes completely unchecked, and that's not to mention the unknowable impact on future generations of the constant stream of top-shelf material it provides, whose sheer volume and variety never ceases to astonish and horrify. 

‘I say it's time to fight back, to reclaim our streets, to enforce our laws, recoup our taxes, and place pornography back on actual shelves in the real world, where it can be controlled, policed, and placed under a copy of The Times before handing to a sympathetic newsagent. Ladies and gentlemen, I invite you to Beat The Internet.’

The series was commissioned for UKTV by Iain Coyle, who said: ‘I’m really excited about this. Is it: a) a new genre for the channel, b) a highly addictive, play-along game or c) a chance to work with one of the most exciting new comedy talents to emerge in the last few years? Answer: It’s all three.’

Producers are currently looking for contestants to take part: email ukcasting@vice.com if you’re interested.

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Published: 25 Jun 2018

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