Laura, Ben and Him is a brand new multi-character sketch show for ITV2, written by and starring hotly tipped new writer-performers: Perrier Award winner Laura Solon (Ruddy Hell! It’s Harry and Paul), Perrier Best Newcomer Award winner Ben Willbond (Starter for 10, The Thick Of It, Extras), and Marek Larwood (Saturday Live Again, Extras and one-third of the if.comedy Award nominated We Are Klang).

The eight-part series of lightning-fast sketches, vox pops and recurring characters includes: Dennis with Narnia in his wardrobe – “Bloody government. I can’t even get an extension for a small non-offensive glass conservatory and someone’s built a bastard forest in my cupboard” – the philosophy of Terry and Terry – “I fink the best thing about being a bed wetter, right, is I don’t find it hard getting up in the mornings” – and bored parents’ bed time stories – “There didn’t seem to be any valid reason on God’s earth why a woman shouldn’t do at least two of the beast-men… maybe at the same time”. Also featuring: the slag trap, Raymond Allan, Carole’s Airline, The Red Arrows down the pub, Jill and her office pony, bankers Ed and Julian, a duel, two cyclists, The French, and a clown who sues for work related accidents.

Laura, Ben and Him fuses Laura, Ben and Marek’s very individual brand of award-winning comedy – ensemble sketches, closely observed characters, monologues, one-liners, returning situations and stand-alone skits – into one show for the first time, resulting in a series jam-packed with silliness.

The series is produced by Sioned Wiliam (Big Train) and directed by Ben Kellett (Touch Me, I’m Karen Taylor, Grownups).

What the the press has said about:

Laura Solon
“Solon’s twisted imagination means that the show is jam-packed with delights. Her performance(s) are expertly differentiated… And there are countless killer one-liners.”
The Guardian

“A strikingly original, darkly funny series of monologues… Studded with finely wrought one liners, this is the year’s most impressive debut.”
The Times

“Her magnetism comes from her ability to physically change herself on stage, her taut, controlled performance and most importantly her high-quality lines.”
The Independent

Ben Willbond
“The man is faultless: he is a brilliant writer with a positively forensic ear for dialogue…a charismatic performer who combines serious acting talent with killer comedy delivery.”
The Scotsman

“Ben Willbond stands out head and shoulders above other character comedians…with a clutch of fully formed, rounded figures that should set TV producers drooling.”
Time Out

“A performance of understated brilliance.”
The Herald

Marek Larwood and We Are Klang
“This is stupid comedy done with great intelligence…Buy, borrow or steal to see this uproarious sketch trio in the funniest show on the fringe.”
The Times

“We Are Klang are not just so ridiculously funny they could send an asthmatic into cardiac arrest in the first ten minutes of their Dickparty, they are, quite simply, Botox for the soul. However old or grown-up you might feel, with Klang you become almost adolescent again.”
The Scotsman

“A blast of unadulterated comedy, brilliantly delivered.”

Laura Solon Biogaphy
Perrier Award winner Laura Solon took the live comedy circuit by storm when she won Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s highest accolade with her debut solo show in 2005. She then performed sell-out runs of the show at the Lyric Theatre and the Soho Theatre, both in London, before embarking on her first national tour.

The last 12 months has seen Laura write and star in her first radio series, the critically acclaimed Talking and Not Talking (BBC Radio 4), which has been recommissioned for a second series, while starring in Ruddy Hell! It’s Harry and Paul (BBC One) with Harry Enfield, Paul Whitehouse and Morwenna Banks, and Learners by Jessica Hynes (née Stevenson) for BBC Films (BBC One). She is currently writing a feature film.

Ben Willbond Biography
Ben first came to prominence as one half of Ben and Arn, winning the Perrier Best Newcomer Award for ‘The Ben ‘n’ Arn Show’ in 1999. Since then Ben has gone on to become one of the most sought after writing and performing talents in the UK with recent roles in primetime television series’ including Armando Iannucci’s The Thick of It (BBC Two) and the Extras Christmas Special (BBC ONE/ HBO). Other acting credits include The Catherine Tate Show (BBC), My Hero (BBC Oone), The Lenny Henry Show (BBC), Black Books (C4) and films Starter For Ten and St. Trinians. In 2007 he co-wrote and starred in Double Science with Justin Edwards for BBC Radio 4, now commissioned for a full series.

Marek Larwood Biography
Marek is one third of if.comedy Award nominated sketch show We Are Klang. The group appeared on the Paramount Comedy Channel Edinburgh & Beyond two years running, and were nominated in 2006 for the Best Sketch Show, which they then won in 2007. In the last 12 months, they have performed at the Melbourne Comedy Festival 2007, where they were nominated for a Barry Award, before returning to Edinburgh for a four night sell out run.

A regular face on our screens, Marek has recently appeared in the critically acclaimed Extras on BBC Two, performed in Saturday Live Again on ITV1 and starred in Hyperdrive (BBC Two), Rush Hour (BBC Three) and the feature film Magicians, alongside David Mitchell and Robert Webb.

Tuesday 11 March 2008 10:30pm – 11:00pm on ITV2.

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