Lee Mack’s All Star Cast kicks off on BBC One this Saturday and the comic has revealed he sees the new show as a 'hybrid' between a chat show and sketch show - with added stand-up comedy. The primetime entertainment show will also see music and audience participation when it debuts this weekend.
Speaking to What's On TV this week about his new show, Lee said: "[It's] a variety show... In that it includes a variety of ideas, rather than being an old-school variety show with unicyclists and jugglers. It’s a hybrid of a chat show and sketch show with stand-up, music and the audience being a big part of the action."
The stand up, whose sitcom Not Going Out was recently renewed for two series by the BBC, continued: "It’s said that there are two types of comedian... One can be quite miserable off stage, the other needy and desperate to get laughs. I don’t think I’m either. I’m the sort who messes about trying to make his mates laugh and yet, the more stand-up I do, the less I need to do that."
42-year-old Mack added: "I went back onto the comedy circuit to test some new material for this series... That’s one of the best bits of the job – turning up to play some pokey little pub as one of four or five acts on the bill."
Lee Mack's All Star Cast starts at 9:40PM on BBC One this Saturday.