E4 confirms new season's comedies

Noel Fielding, Cardinal Burns etc

E4 has announced its latest schedules, confirming new shows from Noel Fielding, Cardinal Burns and The Midnight Beast, among others.

Fielding’s new show, Luxury Comedy will air in January, and is described as ‘a psychedelic character based comedy show, half filmed and half animated’.

Kasabian’s Sergio Pizzorno will provide the music, and the IT Crowd’s Richard Ayoade makes an appearance.

E4 say the show is ‘in the tradition of Spike Milligan and Kenny Everett but completely modern at the same time’.

And Fielding said: ‘Television needs a madman - I just want to blow people's minds.'

Internet sensation The Midnight Beast – best known for their online parody of Ke$ha’s TikTok – will also launch their series in January, which mixes sitcom and music.

It features band members Stefan Abingdon, Dru Wakely and Ashley Horne alongside a host of comedic guest stars, who are depicted as wannabe musicians struggling to make it.

January also sees the launch of the first TV show from sketch duo Cardinal Burns – aka Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns – who were snapped up after being spotted at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Channel 4’s comedy editor Fiona McDermott has said: ‘Quite simply, Cardinal Burns are one of the funniest sketch duos around.  Delightfully clever, imaginative and silly, theirs is a brand of comedy that is perfect for E4.’

Recurring characters include Office Flirt, New Guy and Phil and Terry the Cockney Midgets, with other sketches taking a behind-the-scenes look at street artist Banksy and a parody of The Hills featuring three young girls on a fashion internship.

Also in E4’s autumn schedules is Chris Addison’s Show & Tell, which each week features three up-and-coming comics, who each bring items to the audience all about. Comedians lined up to appear include James Acaster, Susan Calman, Roisin Conaty, Elis James, Nick Helm, Maeve Higgins, Joe Lycett, Celia Pacquola, Tom Parry, Chris Ramsey, Josh Widdicombe and Joe Wilkinson.

PhoneShop, written, directed and produced by Phil Bowker, returns for a second E4 series in November. The cast includes Tom Bennett, Andrew Brooke, Emma Fryer, Javone Prince and Martin Trenaman.

And the youth channel has also snapped up American sitcoms 2 Broke Girls, about two waitresses trying to make it big in New York; New Girl, starring Zooey Deschanel as the quirky flatmate of three single guys; and Happy Endings, about what happens to a couple’s group of friends when they split up.

Published: 1 Sep 2011

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