Comics will be Winging It

New BBC2 teen comedy show

A host of circuit comedians are taking part in a new BBC comedy programme for teenagers.

In Winging It, young comedians including former Chortle student comedy award-winner Tom Deacon are thrust into unfamiliar real-life scenarios and forced to improvise their way out of them.

Others taking part in the BBC Two show, which airs next month, include Rhys Thomas, Joe Thomas, Holly Walsh, Johnny Sweet, Matthew Crosby and Andrew Spiers.

The performers will be given a mission statement just minutes before being thrust into a scene, and they will receive further instructions via earpiece.

Geoff Goodwin, who heads the BBC Switch platform for teenagers, said: ‘Unlike most comedy stunt shows, the laughter in Winging It isn't directed at the public – the show's humour focuses on the comedians and their desperate efforts to adapt to each nightmare they find themselves in.’

Neil Webster, executive producer at Zeppotron, which is making the programme, added: ‘It’s tense and spontaneous entertainment series that has all the fun of the final sham and none of the tedious training.’

Published: 31 Mar 2009

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