The British Comedy Awards

11:00pm Saturday, January 22 on E4

Following straight on from C4’s British Comedy Awards show, presenters Lauren Laverne and Rick Edwards gatecrash the after-show party and force the biggest stars in comedy into a headlock position to get all the gossip from the night.

The British Comedy Awards will make the jump to Channel 4 with the network signing a new deal to broadcast the ceremony.

Previously aired on ITV for the past 20 years, the awards have new home thanks to a three-year deal signed recently.

A live broadcast of the ceremony is planned as well as new initiatives to support rising comedic stars.

Channel 4’s head Julian Bellamy said: “From The Inbetweeners and Peep Show to our Comedy Labs and Showcases, we’re passionate about comedy at Channel 4 and have a long heritage of supporting and developing new talent in this arena.

“After the success of our Comedy Gala and our Alternative Election Night, we’re excited about bringing the event of the comedy calendar to viewers this winter.”

Comedy head at the channel Shane Allen added: “The British Comedy Awards are crucial in recognising the excellence, originality and rude health of the comedy industry. At their best, the awards have a spirit of mischief, hilarity, surprise and danger about them, so C4 feels like a natural fit.”

Source: Digital Spy


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