Back in 1971, legendary TV producer: Johnnie Hamp, broke new ground when he put together a group of comedians from the Northern circuit. Putting them in a TV studio in front of a live audience with no fancy sets, just a mic and a whole load of jokes, the series was a smash hit.
Fast forward to 2004 and we see the same idea in use again, only on a much bigger scale. Filmed before a live audience at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, the first two series were hosted by Jack Dee and the name of the show was Jack Dee Live at the Apollo. The show was renamed for it’s third series to Live At The Apollo and the format was changed to suit with one of the night’s performers assuming hosting duties.
To date the the show has ran for 11 series, initialy on BBC1 but in 2015 the show moved to BBC2.
Some of the UK’s finest stand up comedians perform to a live audience. Well known comics have included John Bishop and Michael Mc Intyre.
Jack Dee (2004- 07 & 2013)
Various (2007 – present)
BBC1 (2004 – 15)
BBC2 (2015 – )
Original Transmission Dates: 6th September 2004 – present)