Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show

Katy Brand is back for another run of anarchic, noisy fun bringing her unique take on some of the biggest names in music, TV and film exclusively to ITV2. Katy’s returning characters include: ‘jack of all trades’ Lily Allen, East End gangster Her Majesty The Queen giving it 110% and Armed Forces TV reporter Captain Rosie following in the footsteps of her hero Ross Kemp as she presents her own documentary series reporting on anything from War Films to the Credit Crunch.

Katy and Katherine Parkinson return as; Young Royals Beatrice & Eugenie, the Victorian Strumpets and the Anchor Women, who are faced with the horror of reporting on America’s new President. Cheryl Mirmikedes is on her way to Gold at the 2012 Olympics, Caroline is getting serious with Darren and Jesus’ Girlfriend is dealing with the traumas of meeting his new agent Paul (played by Paul Kaye) and his mother (played by Anita Dobson). New characters include Jennifer Aniston, who would like you all to know ‘she’s fine, absolutely fine’, and we reveal the lost Penelope Cruz audition tapes, from Four Weddings and a Funeral to Brokeback Mountain. There’s a double albums worth of totally new musical send ups, including; Kanye West, Coldplay, Duffy, Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Alexandra Burke, Rihanna, Little Boots, U2, The Saturdays, Rihanna, Blur and The Killers. Other new characters include: Violet, the unsuspecting wife of a serial killer; Oedipus Bex every young boy’s nightmare nympho stepmum; and finally, Gwyneth Paltrow gets a good Branding, as she uses the internet to tell you how to live your life… Join Katy Brand and her infectious array of celebrity send-ups this autumn on ITV2.

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KATY BRAND INTERVIEW

How did it feel to win best Female Newcomer for Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show at last year’s Comedy Award’s?

“It was very exciting but mainly it was a relief! I didn’t have a speech prepared but I just knew the people I wanted to thank. Its such a group effort with the show, I wanted to make sure that everyone who worked on the show, even if I couldn’t name them, all felt they were included in the award.

“I hadn’t really been drinking all evening so I just sat at the table watching the people around me become more and more drunk in slow motion. I got very drunk immediately after winning it! I felt reasonably in control by the time I got up there! I was nervous and I thought which ever way this goes I just don’t trust myself when I’m drunk!”

What else have you been up to since the last series of Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show?

“I made a film called the Big Arrows which Irvine Welsh wrote and directed. I’ve been on holiday and then we’re back writing the new series in January. I’ve also done a couple of radio shows; I did a radio show for Matt Lucas so I’ve sort of been doing really fun bits and pieces, a couple of panel shows and stuff like that.

“It takes me to October to really get everything sorted for the series, the work is January until October, then there’s a couple of months to have a bit of fun and do some other bits and pieces and then we start writing again! It’s almost like having a job!”

Do you find that fans now recite your characters catch phrases when they see you in the street? If so which ones?

“Yes I do from time to time. I get recognised two or three times a day which is a bit surreal but nice. The weirdest one I ever had was a homeless man in his fifties with long dreadlocks and a can of cider in his hand. He came lurching up to me at three in the morning in Soho and shouted “I’m Normal”. So from that day on I gave up trying to figure out who watches my show!”

What new characters can viewers expect to see this series?

“There’s loads of music, we’ll have three music videos per show so there’s enough for a double album! We’re doing Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Little Boots, Pet Shop Boys, U2, Rhianna.

“Then we’ve got some new celebrity characters including Penelope Cruz and Gwyneth Paltrow and some characters returning from series one which we didn’t do in series two like Jennifer Aniston. We’ve also got some new original creations one of whom is a woman who doesn’t know she is married to a serial killer.”

Which characters are returning and how have they developed?

“Jesus’s girlfriend is returning but this time Jesus has got a new manager, Saint Paul who is played by Paul Kaye. Saint Paul is a slightly manipulative character who is helping Jesus’ bid for stardom. We’ve got Captain Rosie who is presenting more in the style of her hero Ross Kemp and The Queen is coming back but this time we feature more of her family. We’re going to see her giving Princess Anne and Prince Charles a good dressing down and trying to deal with Prince Edward’s ongoing battle with the media. We’ve opened it up to feature more of the Royal Family and have some brilliant people in it who’ve done some brilliant performances as other members of the Royal Family.

“We’ve also got Caroline coming back, things are getting serious with her boyfriend with disastrous results. I think the heart of the show is still there but we’ve got loads of new stuff around it.”

What’s your favourite character from the new series? And why?

“I always love doing Caroline and Jesus’ girlfriend they’re just real fun for me. I also love our new Violet character who is completely unaware that’s she’s married to a serial killer. I found her really enjoyable and hilarious to play but I have to wear some of the most awful outfits! And I always like doing Cheryl the Olympic teenager not only because I wear and tracksuit and trainers for it, I just find her enthusiasm quite infectious it always puts me in a good mood when I’ve played her.”

Would you ever consider releasing an album of the songs that you perform on the show?

“Yes, I mean it’s sort of been discussed. It’s always vaguely and light-heartedly discussed and then we just forget about it. Its not out of the question, the artists we take off might have something to say about it but I’ve never shied away from celebrity baiting so we’ll see. It’s not out of the question!”

Do you have a favourite song from the series? And why?

“I do love the Lady Gaga spoof ‘No Pants’. That was a really fun video to shoot and it looks so great shot by shot as well. I think the Little Boots song it’s just a really great track that’s called ‘Weird You Out Tonight’ and its sort of a piss take of ‘New In Town’ and its just a really good song. And I do like the Coldplay one because I’ve been waiting to stick it to Coldplay for a while!”

Kate Winslet and Kate, Stella and Sadie are not in this series, why did you decide not to feature these characters?

“We shot a sketch with Kate Moss and Sadie Frost for Comic Relief so I sort of think once I’ve done Kate Moss to Kate Moss there’s not really anywhere else I can go with it so we decided to lay them to rest. And Kate Winslet seems to be doing her own sketches now judging by her performance at the Golden Globes. There’s not much more to say about her, I’m just going to take a back seat and let her get on with it I think.”

Is there a celebrity you wouldn’t include in the series?

“I don’t really like doing anyone who’s having a really awful time, people like Kerry Katona and also Amy Winehouse, we’re laying off her partly because there’s not a lot to say. We’ve done Brittney (Spears) in this series but I think she’s on a bit of an up swing so it feels better doing that now. I also prefer to do people who are internationally famous as well so we tend to steer clear of British TV stars I think it’s the A listers who really deserve it to be honest!”

Have you had any feedback from any of the stars you’ve featured?

“I’ve heard Adele really likes her one so that was very sweet. Lilly Allen’s mum really likes all the Lilly Allen sketches so that’s nice, I feel a little bit off the hook there.”

How do you come up with the ideas for your characters?

“With the celebrity ones, it’s just reading lots of celebrity magazines and usually they’ll have a PR type agenda they’re pushing all the time. I just object to that! I think when someone’s PR agenda becomes like somebody continually shouting in your face then that’s something that I like to write down and get out of my system.

“In terms of the non-celebrity characters, I think they’re just parts of me really. We have other writers too who submit ideas and I just think if it makes you laugh and you can imagine it from the moment you start reading a sketch it’s a sort of a bit of a no brainer. It’s a combination of celebrity magazines, the inside of my head and ideas that come from other people.”

What is your highlight of the series so far?

“We did an Alexandra Burke song which a sort of hymn to Simon Cowell and we constructed a huge shrine to Simon Cowell that I stand in front of. It was a lot of fun as I stand there stroking pictures of Simon Cowell! It’s also a really good song, it’s a ballad and I could really let rip! So a combination of the silliness of the shrine to Simon and just being able to sing a really good song, I really enjoyed that it was a bit different as well!”

Which one of your transformations takes the longest in hair/make-up?

“This series I did Neil Tennant from the Pet Shop Boys and had to have a bald cap fitted and it took three hours to get fully made up. Everyone was terrified of me after that, it’s really horrifying because I look completely different. With the other characters you can see bits of me because we don’t use prosthetic’s or anything, but with that one I looked completely different. I looked in the mirror and I just didn’t recognise myself which is quite a fright, I’ve never had that before!”

How long does it take you to perfect a particular character?

“We have lots of rehearsals and if they’re characters that I’ve done live for a long time then I tend to know them inside out anyway but it might take a day or two of proper rehearsals to really figure it out. Something like the voice of Gwyneth Paltrow we found quite hard because it’s difficult to nail it exactly and still be silly. I don’t want to do an impression so it’s a just a matter of finding little tics or physical sort of things. With Jennifer Anniston we always show her smoothing her hair down with her hand, that resembles a stiff mannequin hand. I don’t know if she does that, but it somehow seems very Jennifer Anniston to be constantly smoothing your hair down. So its sort of a combination of rehearsals, life performance and seeing what comes naturally.”

KATY BRAND BIOG

Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show is back in September 2009 for its third series and sees Katy presenting a hilarious raft of brand new characters and brilliant celebrity parodies, as well as music spoofs.

Katy Brand started out on her road to comic stardom with her acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe Festival performance ‘Celebrities Are Gods’ in 2005, where she road tested her original characters such as Captain Rosie and fine tuned the celebrity parodies that have become her trade-mark. Following success and acclaim in Edinburgh, Katy became a regular in the Ealing Live! Comedy team and continued her rise to fame, writing and performing her own Comedy Lab ‘Slap’ for Channel 4.

The first series of Katy’s Big Ass show proved to be a critical and ratings success, and amongst the most popular sketches, her spot-on music spoofs of chart toppers such as Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen, caused phone lines at Radio 1 to crash when 1000’s of callers rang into request ‘the new Lily Allen song’, much to Katy’s amusement.

In between her TV series, Katy voiced the animated characters of Victoria Beckham & Angelina Jolie on ITV1’s Headcases, and wrote and performed the highly regarded Radio 4 series Mouth Trap, with Katherine Parkinson. Katy is a regular contributor to numerous Radio 4 comedy shows and has appeared in both series of the Hollow Men, (who also contribute to her show). Other TV credits include appearances in TittyBangBang and Peep Show, as well as Rob Brydon’s brilliant Annually Retentive.

In 2008 Katy was back on ITV2 with series two of her hit show, Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show and at The Comedy Awards (2008) that year won Best Female Newcomer for the series.

Autumn 2009 sees Katy back on ITV2 with a third series of the Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show, which features more from some of her best loved characters including Lilly ‘jack of all trades’ Allen, East End gangster Her Majesty The Queen ‘giving it 110%’ and Armed Forces TV reporter Captain Rosie following in the footsteps of her hero Ross Kemp. Plus a host of brand new music parodies, including; Kanye West, Coldplay, Duffy, Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Alexandra Burke, Rihanna, Little Boots, U2, The Saturdays Rihanna, Blur and The Killers.

Katy has recently made the transition to the big screen and has completed filming the Irvine Welsh film, Good Arrows and is currently filming with Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes and Maggie Smith, as Miss Turvey in the second installment of Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang.

 

Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show
Friday 16 November 2007 10:00am – 10:30am on ITV2.

This exclusive new sketch show is based on Katy’s (Comedy Cuts, Tittytittybangbang, Comedy Lab, and Peep Show) 2005 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show, Celebrities Are God. The programme sees her outrageous take on the 21st Century icon, where each celeb’s characteristics are amplified to their limit. But Katy does not imitate her favourite superstars and neither does she allude to look like them. Katy’s stars are exactly as she sees them in her own warped head.

ITV2 viewers can see Kate Winslet living her normal life, on a normal farm, as a NORMAL mum (Kate Winslet is as normal as the rest of us and not a mega superstar, got that?). There is 15 year-old school girl bully, Kate Moss who, with ease, can manipulate her friends, Sadie Frost (Alice Lowe, Hot Fuzz, Little Britain, The Mighty Boosh, Star Stories) and Stella McCartney (Katherine Parkinson, The IT Crowd, Extras) to do anything she wants. There’s also musical spoofs from Lilly Allen and Amy Winehouse, droning on about the mundane things in life and the joys of boozing into total oblivion.

This week viewers can catch the American News Anchor women reporting the hard hitting news from Afghanistan, Kate Moss and Stella McCartney compeeting for the affections of the French exchange student, and Angelina ‘Queen of the Jungle’ Jolie is kidnapped by none other than Meg Ryan and Andie MacDowell.

Celebrities beware: there’s more than enough room for everyone in Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show

Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show
Friday 9 November 2007 10:00pm – 10:30pm on ITV2.

This exclusive new sketch show is based on Katy’s (Comedy Cuts, Tittytittybangbang, Comedy Lab, and Peep Show) 2005 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show, Celebrities Are God. The programme sees her outrageous take on the 21st Century icon, where each celeb’s characteristics are amplified to their limit. But Katy does not imitate her favourite superstars and neither does she allude to look like them. Katy’s stars are exactly as she sees them in her own warped head.

ITV2 viewers can see Kate Winslet living her normal life, on a normal farm, as a NORMAL mum (Kate Winslet is as normal as the rest of us and not a mega superstar, got that?). There is 15 year-old school girl bully, Kate Moss who, with ease, can manipulate her friends, Sadie Frost (Alice Lowe, Hot Fuzz, Little Britain, The Mighty Boosh, Star Stories) and Stella McCartney (Katherine Parkinson, The IT Crowd, Extras) to do anything she wants. There are also musical spoofs from Lilly Allen and Amy Winehouse, droning on about the mundane things in life and the joys of boozing into total oblivion.

This week viewers can catch Kate Winslet eating a normal brakfast just like her normal fans, Caroline Little Treats compares herself to Bridget Jones and Captain Rosie investigates the ethnicity of make up.

Celebrities beware: there’s more than enough room for everyone in Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show

Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show
Friday 2 November 2007 10:00pm – 10:30pm on ITV2.

This exclusive new sketch show is based on Katy’s (Comedy Cuts, Tittytittybangbang, Comedy Lab, and Peep Show) 2005 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show, Celebrities Are God. The programme sees her outrageous take on the 21st Century icon, where each celeb’s characteristics are amplified to their limit. But Katy does not imitate her favourite superstars and neither does she allude to look like them. Katy’s stars are exactly as she sees them in her own warped head.

We can see Kate Winslet living her normal life, on a normal farm, as a normal mum (Kate Winslet is as normal as the rest of us and not a mega superstar, got that?). There is 15-year-old school girl bully, Kate Moss who can manipulate her friends, Sadie Frost (Alice Lowe, Hot Fuzz, Little Britain, The Mighty Boosh, Star Stories) and Stella McCartney (Katherine Parkinson, The IT Crowd, Extras) to do anything she wants. There are also musical spoofs from Lilly Allen and Amy Winehouse, droning on about the mundane things in life and the joys of boozing into total oblivion.

This week viewers can catch Caroline Little Treats as she is fired from her job as a borderline woman’s publicist, Kate Winslet as she strives for the normal dog and Captain Rosie as she investigates alternative solutions to civilian stress. In this episode Katy also spoofs Coco Chanel and Karl Largerfeld, Kate Moss and Angelina Jolie, as well as Shakira and Beyonce.

Celebrities beware – there’s more than enough room for everyone in Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show!

Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show
Friday 19 October 2007 10:00pm – 10:30pm on ITV2.

This exclusive new sketch show is based on Katy’s (Comedy Cuts, Tittytittybangbang, Comedy Lab, and Peep Show) 2005 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show, Celebrities are God. The programme sees her outrageous take on the 21st Century icon, where each celeb’s characteristics are amplified to their limit. But Katy does not imitate her favourite superstars and neither does she pretend to look like them. Katy’s stars are exactly as she sees them in her own warped head.

ITV2 viewers can see Kate Winslet living her normal life, on a normal farm, as a NORMAL mum (Kate Winslet is as normal as the rest of us and not a mega superstar, got that?). There is 15 year-old school girl bully, Kate Moss who, with ease, can manipulate her friends, Sadie Frost (Alice Lowe – Hot Fuzz, Little Britain, The Mighty Boosh, Star Stories) and Stella McCartney (Katherine Parkinson – The IT Crowd, Extras) to do anything she wants. There are also musical spoofs from Lilly Allen and Amy Winehouse, droning on about the mundane things in life and the joys of boozing into total oblivion.

As well as the famous faces, Katy also has a selection of equally wacky original characters. There is Ruth, the long suffering girlfriend of chauvinistic Jesus, who spends her days looking after her boyfriend and his disciples’ every need. There is also Caroline Little Treats, who is the epitome of the Heat obsessed generation. Caroline is obsessed with Heat, the essential advice Heat has on how to keep your boyfriend and not forgetting the 391 ways Heat says you can wear a Belt.

A word of warning – celebrities beware, there is more than enough room for everyone in Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show!

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