Judge of new ITV1 reality comedy talent show Show Me The Funny, Alan Davies has hit out at stand-up comedy TV shows such as Live At The Apollo for being unrealistic. Speaking at the launch of the new show, which starts next Monday, Alan said the series would give a truer insight into stand up.
Alan Davies, who will act as chief judge on the show, began performing stand-up comedy in 1988 just five months after leaving university.
He said: "People don’t realise how heavily edited shows like Live At The Apollo are. There's not a duff line or a miss. Anything remotely like a real gig is removed."
He joked: "It's like a football match just showing every shot on target."
And Alan told us that he thinks the best part of the show will be the poor comedians who fail live on stage.
All the comedians I know are gagging to see the show, there's nothing more they want to watch than other comedians struggling," he joked. "That's one thing that will empty the dressing room at the comedy store, someone coming in and saying 'he's dying on his arse'."
Show Me The Funny stars on Monday at 9PM on ITV1.