Nic Wright

BBC Three commissions new stand-up showcases

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BBC Three has commissioned a brand-new series of stand-up specials to showcase new talent from the British comedy scene.

The series, Live From The BBC, will be filmed at the BBC’s iconic Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House, London on 13-15 November.

Acts including James Acaster, Dane Baptiste, Sofie Hagen, Adam Hess, Tez Ilyas, Nish Kumar, and Felicity Ward are already confirmed. Further acts will be announced at a later date.

Tilusha Ghelani, Assistant Commissioner for BBC Comedy, said: “BBC Three is backing new talent and showcasing some of this country’s best performers, as this thrilling new series commission demonstrates. Filming in the BBC’s very own Radio Theatre is a nod to the BBC’s rich comedy heritage.”

Jonathan Blyth, BBC Worldwide’s Commercial Director for Comedy, added: “Succession planning in comedy is no laughing matter, which is why we thought this was a great way of nurturing the next Bishop, Hart or Fielding – and finding new audiences and platforms for their talents. This show will give British and international viewers a unique glimpse of the emerging extractors of belly-aches!”

The series will comprise 6×30-minute specials and 6×60 extended-length specials, and is set to air in 2016.