ITV2 has commissioned a brand new comedy series, The Stand Up Sketch Show.
The channel says that the new six part series "combines both stand-up and sketch" and is expected to premiere on TV in "early 2019".
The Stand Up Sketch Show will do "what no comedy has ever done before", featuring established stand up routines by some of the nation’s best loved comedians, to brand new material from Britain’s most exciting up and coming talent.
Each sketch begins with a comedian telling their story on stage in front of a live audience, before shifting into a surreal reconstruction of the material. Using some of the circuit’s funniest material, the reconstructions will feature visual jokes, supporting performances, ridiculous props and absolutely killer comedy.
In each of the sketches the comedian will play the role they were born to play…themselves. Any dialogue in the routines will be lip-synced by the comedians and comedy actors adding to the surreal tone of each scene.
With 8-10 sketches per episode, each one will vary in length and be fast paced and funny with a ton of additional gags to make sure the laughs keep coming thick and fast.
The Stand Up Sketch Show will add a new dimension to routines from established names as well as brand new material from rapidly rising stars on the comedy scene.
Some of the comedians taking part in the show include Seann Walsh, Joel Dommett, Russell Kane, London Hughes and Suzi Ruffell with many more names to be announced nearer transmission.
ITV’s Head of Digital Channels, Paul Mortimer said “The Stand Up Sketch Show is a creative and original commission for ITV2 that sits well with our other current offerings. The show is perfectly pitched at our key demographic of young adults.”
Saskia Schuster, ITV’s Comedy Controller added: “The Stand Up Sketch Show will offer comedy lovers a unique visual take on comedian’s stand up routines. We’ve got a great cast lined up that includes some of the biggest names in comedy, including some of the best up and coming rising talent currently on the circuit.”
Matt Campion, Executive Producer said: “I’m thrilled to be working with so many of the UK’s top comedy talent to bring their funniest stand up routines to life via the art form of sketch. It’s really exciting to be producing such a new style of comedy format in the genre.”