David Letterman interviews Phil Wang | Stand-ups on Netflix and Backstage With Katherine Ryan... plus the rest of the week's TV picks © Terrence Patrick / Netflix

David Letterman interviews Phil Wang

Stand-ups on Netflix and Backstage With Katherine Ryan... plus the rest of the week's TV picks

Here’s our pick of the best comedy programmes on TV, radio and on demand this week – which has a strong stand-up focus.

Sunday June 5

JEN BRISTER: WAVES: The comedian takes her microphone - and wetsuit - down to the Brighton seafront to dip her toe into the world of wild swimming. Location reports about whether she’s finding enhanced self-awareness in the ocean waves are interspersed with stand-up routines of the sort you’d more usually expect to find in this slot. BBC Radio 4, 7.15pm

Monday June 6

BILL BURR PRESENTS FRIENDS WHO KILL: Netflix kicks off two weeks of shows filmed at the Netflix Is Funny festival in Los Angeles with this stand-up showcase. As well as the headliner, it features Michelle Wolf, Jimmy Carr, Ronny Chieng, Jeff Ross, Dave Attell and more.

RICAHRD OSMAN’S HOUSE OF GAMES: Comedians Sara Barron, and Jessica Fostekew are joined by Strictly’s Anton Du Beke and Radio 1 DJ Rickie Haywood-Williams in this week’s repeat run. BBC Two, 6pm

Tuesday June 7

THAT’S MY TIME WITH DAVID LETTERMAN: Also filmed at the Netflix festival, each of the six episodes spotlights one comedian, doing a five-minute stand-up set and conversation with the talk show king. Three are released today and three on Sunday, but it’s not been revealed which drops when. Britain’s own Phil Wang is one of the comics spotlighted alongside Sam Morril, Naomi Ekperigin, Rosebud Baker, Brian Simpson and Robin Tran.

EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT LOVE: Adapted from Dolly Alderton’s witty, occasionally heartbreaking, memoir this comedy drama promises ‘an unflinching account of surviving your 20s’.’ BBC One, 10.40pm

Wednesday June 8

GOODBYE BROOKLYN NINE-NINE: Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Stephanie Beatriz and Joe Lo Truglio say goodbye to the police comedy series that has been so crucial in their lives for the last nine years. This hour-long retrospective, which also features contributions from fans including Nish Kumar and Catherine Bohart, is followed by the two-part finale. E4, 8pm

KILLING IT: Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Dan Goor’s next comedy revolves around class, capitalism and one man's quest to achieve the American dream. A divorced, down-on-his-luck single father (Craig Robinson, from The Office) tries to apply for a loan to start a new business, but an encounter with an Australian Uber driver changes his life forever. Co-stars include Claudia O'Doherty.E4 10pm

HYPOTHETICAL: This week Jack Dee, Guz Khan, Suzi Ruffell and Rose Johnson join James Acaster and Josh Widdicombe to ponder some theoretical quandaries Dave, 10pm

Thursday June 9

BACKSTAGE WITH Katherine Ryan: Landing on Amazon’s Prime Video today, this five-part series features sets and green-room chat from Britain’s top comedians, as well as host Ryan roasting the comedians she has just shared the stage with. The show, which was filmed at London’s Roundhouse, features Frankie Boyle, Sara Pascoe, Judi Love, Ivo Graham, Jo Brand, Nish Kumar, Joel Dommett, Rosie Jones, Rob Beckett, Sue Perkins, Tom Allen, Michelle De Swarte, Jimmy Carr, Desiree Burch, Seann Walsh, Nick Mohammed, Sarah Millican, Joanne McNally, Russell Kane, Geoff Norcott and Darren Harriott.

STAND OUT: AN LGBTQ+ CELEBRATION: Eddie Izzard, Sandra Bernhard, Margaret Cho, Tig Notaro, Rosie O’Donnell, Wanda Sykes and Lily Tomlin appear in this Netflix stand-up showcase, hosted by Billy Eichner.

Friday June 10

AVOIDANCE: Romesh Ranganathan stars in this bittersweet comedy about Jonathan, a man who hates conflict, but is forced to change for the sake of his son. When his wife declares their marriage is over, Jonathan runs away with Spencer to stay with his sister and her wife to avoid facing reality. Ranganathan also co-wrote the show, which also stars Jessica Knappett, Lisa McGrillis and Mandeep Dhillon. Read interviews with the stars here.BBC One, 9.30pm.

THIS IS MY HOUSE: The panel show that offers a twist on Through The Keyhole returns with celebrity panellists Judi Love, Richard Madeley, Harry Hill and Harriet Kemsley. BBC One, 8.30pm

DIRTY DADDY: THE TRIBUTE TO BOB SAGET: A celebration of the comic’s twin professional lives as an X-rated stand-up and star of the family-friendly sitcom Full House. Jim Carrey, Chris Rock Jeff Ross and John Stamos are among those appearing on this Netflix show.

Saturday June 11

AMY SCHUMER’S PARENTAL ADVISORY: Another Netflix stand-up showcase, this one featuring sets from Ron Funches, Jaye McBride, Christina P, Rachel Feinstein, Chris DiStefano and Lil Rel Howery.

Published: 5 Jun 2022

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