Some of the biggest names in comedy, including Harry Enfield, Joe Bland and Julian Clary, join Ben Elton for a special edition of Friday Night Live later this month.
The comedy show, which first aired on Channel 4 from 1985 to 1988 and was hosted by comedian Elton, 63, showcased some of today’s most famous comedic talent.
As part of Channel 4’s 40th anniversary celebrations, Elton will bring Friday Night Live back to our screens, selecting familiar faces who rose to fame on the show and new comedic talent currently on the circuit.
Original series stars rejoining Elton include Enfield, 61, Clary, 63, Brand, 65, as well as new talent such as Rosie Jones, Mawan Rizwan, Jordan Gray, Ronnie Ancona and Sam Campbell. will be
Initially called Saturday Live after its launch on Channel 4 in 1985, the show moved to the Friday night slot and ran for three years, featuring now-famous names such as Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. It has helped boost the popularity of many names that have been
The show was revived in a number of one-off episodes as part of the BBC’s 1993 Comic Relief telethon.
A special Red Nose Day show was again hosted by Elton and featured Reeves and Mortimer, Eddie Izzard, Hugh Laurie, David Baddiel and Rob Newman.
It then returned in 1996 with the ITV reboot, regaining the Saturday slot and retitled accordingly. or did not last.
Performers featured in upcoming specials will provide viewers with a mixture of topical sketches and standup, all occurring live for the 90-minute program.
The special edition of the show will also feature live music from Mercury Prize nominated Self Esteem.
The show marks the beginning of Channel 4’s Truth & Dare season, which celebrates the station’s 40th anniversary, and is produced by Bofora Pictures and Phil McIntyre Television.
Friday Night Live airs on Channel 4 and All 4 on October 21st at 9pm.