Asylum, 1996

Something perhaps a little different.  Asylum was a British comedy series which was shown on pay to view digital channel Paramount Comedy.

The show ran for just 1 series of 6 episodes in 1996.  Despite this Asylum became significant for involving a large number of British comedians, many of whom went on to work on some of the most successful comedy programmes of the 2000s. It’s also significant as it marked the first collaboration of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson who went on to make the cult sitcoms Spaced and Shaun of the Dead.


Unlike traditional comedy shows Asylum used stand up routines by various comedians, mixed with an overall story that involved much black humour.








Norman Lovett – Dr Lovett
Simon Pegg – Simon
Jessica Hynes – Martha & Nurse McFadden
Julian Baratt – Julian/Victor
Paul Morocco – Paul
Adam Bloom – Adam
Mick O’Connor – Nobby Shanks


Channel: Paramount Comedy
Written By:
Edgar Wright
David Walliams
Julian Barratt
Simon Pegg
Jessica Stevenson
Norman Lovett
Originally Screened: 1996







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