BBC aims to lift the Covid blues with festival of comedy

BBC aims to lift the Covid blues with festival of comedy

The Guardian reports… The BBC intends to give the nation some lockdown laughs later this month with a three-week comedy season called The Festival of Funny, featuring stars including John Cleese, Eddie Izzard and Stephen Fry as well as new talent such as Rose Matefeo.

To counter the Covid-19 gloom, the corporation is to air new comedies across radio and TV including a live standup show every night for a week on BBC2 featuring established names such as Jo Brand and Jason Manford alongside up and coming comedians.

The BBC’s comedy controller, Shane Allen, said the idea for the festival was born in December as a way to boost people’s mental health. “We need comedy to help pull us out of this. It’s the British sense of humour that gets us through the darkest times in life.”Advertisement

The festival will include TV premieres of the tour shows of big names including Bill Bailey’s Limboland, Stephen Merchant’s Hello Ladies, Izzard’s Force Majeure and Cleese’s Live at the Acropolis, as well as pilots from new comedians on Radio 2 and Radio 4.

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