Show Me The Funny judge Kate Copstick has described stand up as a "blood sport", saying that the general public love to watch comedians fall flat on their face rather than make them laugh. Speaking to the Daily Mail, Kate added that Show Me The Funny provides a more realistic insight into the world of stand-up than similar TV shows.
The ruthless comedy critic joined Alan Davies and guest judge Ross Noble on last night's third episode, where Cole Parker found himself becoming the latest aspiring comic to be kicked off the show.
"Stand up is a blood sport - up close and personal - and audiences love the taste of blood," Kate said.
"I believe show me the funny presents it as it really is," she continued, "Our budding comics have half a dozen very different audiences to impress, along with some of the smartest people in comedy. And me. They aren't always successful, but it's all part of being a stand-up.
"The tumbleweed moments may be excruciating but they are more representative experience than Live At The Apollo."
Kate added: "The series is a rollercoaster ride for all of us - you might be surprised at the comics still fly in the live final. I will be, and I'm judge!"
Show Me The Funny continues at 9PM next Monday on ITV1.