Stand-up comedy is one of the toughest jobs in showbiz and ITV1’s new seven-part reality series, Show Me The Funny, is on the hunt for the next stand-up superstar in comedy.
Beginning at 9pm on Monday 18th July and hosted by award-winning comedian Jason Manford, Show Me The Funny features 10 comedians with varying levels of experience as they battle it out to win the ultimate prize in British comedy; £100,000, a nationwide multi-date UK tour throughout September and their very own DVD at Christmas.
TOP MOMENTS OF EPISODE ONE:
- · COLE CLASHES WITH AN AFFECTIONATE PATRICK
- · IGNACIO’S SPANISH CHARM FALLS ON DEAF EARS
- · GIRL POWER REIGNS SUPREME AS FEMALE COMICS WOW THE CROWD
It’s week one in the toughest gig on TV and the 10 aspiring comedians are set their first challenge. The comics are put into pairs and let loose on the streets and salons of Liverpool as they aim to find inspiration for new material that will amuse this week’s audience; an all-female room of Scousers.
With the stand-ups desperate to prove their worth it’s sink or swim with no life-jackets in sight…
COLE CLASHES WITH AN AFFECTIONATE PATRICK
As the two oldest contestants, Alfie and Rudi, head off to a local beauty salon, Tiffany and Essex hit the dizzy heights of Liverpool’s tallest bar, while Stuart and Dan search for women called Michelle and Ignacio and Prince go in search of landmarks…but things are far from harmonious between experienced comics Cole and Patrick, despite it only being the first week.
With Patrick giving out free hugs, an annoyed Cole remarks: “It’s like being out with some excited toddler.” He implores the seasoned warm-up act to stop hugging strangers, but Patrick’s hands on approach shows no sign of waning and continues into the next day.
Still stuck in their pairs, Cole fumes: “Yesterday I was going to drown Pat in the Mersey. You’ll see on stage we don’t do things similarly. My jokes have got thought, judgment, reasoning and research. Pat talks about balloons and biscuits… He’s for the old women and the kids. I’m for people who have read a book.”
Tensions continue to mount between the two before Cole eventually storms off while Patrick heckles: “Cole’s getting upset. Let’s be adults, you can’t just run off! This is what I’ve got to work with, someone who thinks I’m a child. He’s an idiot!”
GIRL POWER REIGNS SUPREME AS FEMALE COMICS WOW THE CROWD
For the only girls in the competition, some last minute jitters threaten to knock them off track as newcomer Ellie awaits her biggest gig to date. As she nervously rehearses her material in the venues toilets, she muses: “I’m feeling really nervous to be honest. I don’t know if I’m going to cry or vomit!”
But with the inside track on what women want to hear, both Ellie and Tiffany storm the stage and wow their audience with Jason Manford observing: “They really like the lady comics here!”
Have the girls got the edge in this week’s task or will the guys sweep in and steal the limelight?
IGNACIO’S SPANISH CHARM FALLS ON DEAF EARS
With the nervous comics gearing up to face a tough crowd, self-styled lothario, Ignacio, is confident that his act will win them over: “I’m Ignacio Lopez; I am the only half-Spanish, half-Welsh comedian on the UK circuit at the moment. When I do comedy I’m in character as this extremely confident and attractive Spanish man. It gets the laughs and I get the women after.”
But on stage, his charm offensive proves to be more Offensive than charming: “Buenos Tardes ladies… most of you have already seen me naked I know. Some of you I haven’t slept with and I apologise, but we can rectify this, just turn to the woman on your left and ask her for my telephone number. Statistically speaking she will have it.”
As his gags are met with an awkward silence, the mood is set for the next act, Londoner Prince Abdi who will have to deliver if he is to lift the tone. But will his incessant attempts at a Scouse accent prove to be great or grating?
Tune in to find out who will be the first comedian to be eliminated from Show Me The Funny.