Channel 4 lines up topical standup show hosted by Patrick Kielty

Six-part series Stand Up For The Week to air on Friday nights with regular standups including Rich Hall and Jack Whitehall

Channel 4 is to make a return to late-night topical standup, after the short-lived Tonightly with Jason Manford in 2008, with a show called Stand Up For The Week to be hosted by Patrick Kielty.

The new six-part show, described by Channel 4 as "no holds barred", will air on Friday nights at 11pm with regular standups including Rich Hall, Jack Whitehall, Andi Osho and Kevin Bridges.

Channel 4 has returned to the format, which has its roots in The 11 O'Clock Show which helped propel the careers of Sacha Baron Cohen and Ricky Gervais, following the surprise success of the broadcaster's comedy-themed alternative election night coverage in May.

The new series, which is being filmed at Koko in Camden, will look at the week's politics, sport and celebrity news with the first show to air on 25 June.

Channel 4 promises it will be a "late night, edgy and on the knuckle satirical take on the big stories and big themes of the week" and be "outrageously alternative".

Production company Open Mike is behind Live At The Apollo and Michael McIntrye's Comedy Roadshow.

Whitehall and Osho have previously featured in Tonightly while Hall appeared in Channel 4's alternative election night coverage.

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  • monders monders

    14 Jun 2010, 3:43PM

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  • JackSkeleton JackSkeleton

    15 Jun 2010, 12:55PM

    I like Patrick Kielty's stand-up of late, but filming in Koko? On a Friday? Why? It's a bloody awful place before it's full of TV cameras, lights, etc. What wrong with a studio??

  • JimBob78 JimBob78

    16 Jun 2010, 11:32AM

    FFS. As a regular attender of live stand up I welcome the format. But Kielty? There are so many comedians who would have been a better choice. The election night coverage worked because of Booker and Mitchell, and either though neither are stand-ups they both are a million times wittier then Kielty.
    Wasted oppotunity, though may just fast through to the Rich Hall bits.

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