Finally, there’s an alternative comedy contender to the mainstream of Live at the Appollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow! One-time Boosh collaborator, Stewart-Lee, is curating a new show on Comedy Central, featuring a few of our favourite new wave acts.
Alternative Comedy Experience airs from 5th February at 11pm on Comedy Central. It will offer an eclectic, offbeat cast of comics which he feels captures the ethos of alternative comedy’s early years from the 1970s/80s. Appearing on the show are TVO-related artists Paul Foot and Tony Law. The full line-up can be seen below.
For those of us who prefer a more interesting flavour to our TV-based live comedy, this is pretty darmed exciting – and well overdue! In the 12-part series Lee doesn’t perform any stand-up himself, but conducts brief interviews with the acts. Here’s a trailer for the new series, with an episode guide beneath it so you can see who else is involved:
Episode 1: ‘Value Bastard’ (February 5)
Stewart Lee, Isy Suttie, David O’Doherty, Glenn Wool, Henning Wehn, David Kay, Boothby Graffoe
Episode 2 (February 12)
Paul Sinha, Josie Long, Henning Wehn, David O’Doherty, Isy Suttie, Bridget Christie, David Kay.
Episode 3: ‘Jim Davidson’ (February 19)
Boothby Graffoe, Bridget Christie, David Kay, Paul Sinha, Simon Munnery, Josie Long, David O’Doherty
Episode 4: ‘Paedophile Hair’ (February 26)
Tony Law, Simon Munnery, Boothby Graffoe, Bridget Christie, Josie Long, Paul Sinha.
Episode 5: ‘Rice pudding’ (March 5)
Phil Nichol, David Kay, Alun Cochrane, Andy Zaltzman, Bridget Christie
Episode 6: ‘Danger comedians’ (March 12)
Andy Zaltzman, Eleanor Tiernan, Phil Nichol, Simon Munnery, Tony Law, Henning Wehn
Episode 7: ‘Ed Miliband’ (March 19)
Robin Ince, Simon Munnery, Tony Law, Josie Long, Alun Cochrane
Episode 8: ‘Shouty bollocks’ (March 26)
Eleanor Tiernan, Henning Wehn, Simon Munnery, Tony Law, Boothby Graffoe
Episode 9: ‘Rude words’ (April 2)
Phil Nichol, Stephen Carlin, Eleanor Tiernan, Robin Ince, Simon Munnery, Henning Wehn
Episode 10: ‘Disturbances’ (April 9)
Alun Cochrane, Stephen Carlin, Glenn Wool, Paul Foot
Episode 11: ‘Love me’ (April 16)
Maeve Higgins, Sam Simmons, Stephen Carlin, Andy Zaltzman
Episode 12: ‘Job security’ (April 23)
Henning Wehn, Simon Munnery, Maeve Higgins, Phil Nichol, Boothby Graffoe