Comedy Legends, 2018

This show is currently running on Sky Arts Wednesdays at 10pm!

Comedy Legends is a SKY arts documentary series.  First aired in 2018, SKY swiftly announced a second series for broadcast in 2020, before we had even seen series one.

The series is presented by legendary comic and writer Barry Cryer and has to date run for twenty episodes over the two series.  Series One comprised eight episodes as originally Kenny Everett and Phyllis Diller were to be included, but were carried over into series two that ran to twelve episodes.  However whilst series two did indeed run to twelve episodes Kenny Everett failed to appear on those featured.


Barry Cryer pays his own tribute to some of the heroes of comedy he has worked with during his long career.  Alongside Barry are contributions from fellow comedians, including: Tony Hawks, Steve Punt and The Times Comedy Critic: Stephen Armstrong.

Each episode celebrates one artist and includes highlights from their comedy careers.






Featured Artists
series one

Tommy Cooper
Frankie Howerd
Joan Rivers
Ronnie Barker
Bob Hope
Jack Benny
George Burns
Morecambe and Wise

series two

The Marx Brothers
Lily Tomlin
Richard Pryor
Madelaine Kahn
Steve Martin
John Cleese
Phyllis Diller
Lucille Ball
Terry Thomas
Sid James
Billy Connolly
Peter Sellers

Presented By

Barry Cryer

Additional Contributions

Steve Punt
Clive Anderson
Stephen Armstrong
Tony Hawks
Neil Norman
Jo Caulfield


Channel: Sky Arts
Written By: William Simpson (series 1)
Original Transmission Dates: 10th October 2018 – 8th January 2020

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