BBC launches a panel show just for comedians of colour | Desiree Burch to host Bameshow

BBC launches a panel show just for comedians of colour

Desiree Burch to host Bameshow

Radio 4 is making its first panel show featuring only comedians of colour.

Desiree Burch will be hosting a one-off episode of Bameshow to be recorded next week.

According to the BBC, the format ‘parodies traditional game shows that have too often overlooked comics of colour. Poking fun at tokenism, unconscious bias and just plain old racism, Desiree and the cast go bravely (and mischievously) where others fear to tread’.

Athena Kugblenu, Ken Cheng, Kemah Bob and  Amrou Al-Khadi, aka drag performer Glamrou, are the guests in the pilot, which will be recorded in front of a virtual audience. 

Bameshow follows the ITV2 panel show Sorry, I Didn't Know, in which host Jimmy Akingbola asked questions relevant to Black History Month – but that format also featured a token white panellist.

Los-Angeles-born Burch, now based in the UK, previously hosted the physical game show Flinch for Netflix, and narrates the streamer’s dating show Too Hot To Handle. Her own panel show appearances include Have I Got News for You, QI, Mock the Week, and Richard Osman's House of Games.

Tickets for the recording, at 12.15pm next Thursday, are available here.

Published: 10 Nov 2020

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