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Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Darren Harriott.

Comedy of the Week BBC

    • Comedy
    • 4.2 • 315 Ratings

Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Darren Harriott.

    Nick Revell: BrokenDreamCatcher

    Nick Revell: BrokenDreamCatcher

    Contemporary comic tales that combine comedy with magical realism.

    • 28 min
    The Lenny Henry Show

    The Lenny Henry Show

    Character-based sketch comedy from Lenny Henry, featuring old favourites like Deakus (musing about Covid from his care home) and Brixton-based DJ Delbert Wilkins who's with his mate Winston talking about homeschooling.

    There's also new characters such as Mr Stone the former Special Forces operative-turned-teacher, and paranoid Aaron who sees crime everywhere. And there's an outtake from the Repair Shop, an appeal by parents who have been cancelled by their kids, and a debut from Northern grime artist The Yorkshire Moor, rapping about lockdown.

    Cast includes Lenny Henry, Vas Blackwood, George Fouracres, Llewella Gideon, Freya Parker, and Cherrelle Skeete.

    Written by Lenny Henry and Max Davis, with Nathan Bryon and Tom Melia, Tasha Dhanraj, Kim Fuller, Benjamin Partridge and Nathan Roberts.

    Music by Lawrence Insula, with Lockdown based on an original song, Shutdown by Skepta.

    Produced by Sam Michell.

    A Douglas Road and Tiger Aspect production for BBC Radio 4

    • 26 min
    Mr Muzak

    Mr Muzak

    Richie Webb stars as performance-shy cocktail pianist Nigel Penny. Nigel Penny’s attempts to live his life like his music, in the background, are constantly thwarted by his entrepreneurial half-brother, Pav (Paul G Raymond) who is desperate to find gigs for Nigel and his musical partner, wannabe singer Rachel (Jess Robinson). Attempting to entertain the crowd at a football match is a hard enough gig as it is, but when you hate football as much as Nigel does it’s an even trickier ask. Factor in Pav’s desire to make a quick buck, Stan’s paranoia that the Russians are still after him and Rachel’s obsession with Gary Lineker's Twitter account, and it’s a recipe for a pitch invasion. Cast: Nigel Penny ..... Richie Webb Pav Penny ..... Paul G Raymond Rachel ..... Jess Robinson Stanislav ..... Dave Lamb Marco ..... Jim North Lucy ..... Anna Morris Directed by Nick Walker Audio Production by Matt Katz Written and produced by Richie Webb A Top Dog production for BBC Radio 4

    • 29 min
    Woof: Honest Mistakes At Home and Abroad

    Woof: Honest Mistakes At Home and Abroad

    In this third series, Chris Neill continues his comedic exploration of affairs of the heart, the unexpected humiliations of ageing, and what bloody good luck it is that he has met his boyfriend, Rory.

    In earlier series, episodes revolved around the terrible blind date Chris was set up on, his fantasy French boyfriend inspired by a school textbook, making a fish pie for his dying neighbour, and his failure to write a novel. As ever, Chris remains entirely willing to expose himself to a late-night, possibly bed-bound, audience and this third series of Woof finds him recounting more autobiographical stories of his life in love, lust and mediocrity.

    In the first episode, we examine the trials of ageing. After a telephone conversation with his doctor, taken while admiring the sheer capacity of the Haribo aisle in a Hamburg supermarket, we join Chris walking away from diabetes.

    Written by Chris Neill
    Starring: Chris Neill, Isy Suttie and Martin Hyder
    Producer: Steve Doherty
    A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4

    Music used:
    Dance Away - The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
    This Guy's In Love With You - Sachal Studios Orchestra
    Don't Think Twice It's Alright - Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau
    Introduction And Allegro For Harp, Flute, Clarinet And String Quartet (Ravel) - (Performance uncredited)
    Limbo Jazz - Duke Ellington and Coleman Hawkins
    Gotta Get Up - Harry Nilsson
    Our Day Will Come - Amy Winehouse

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
315 Ratings

315 Ratings

89concernedcitizen89 ,

I love this, but please stop Fringe coverage!

Comedy of the Week is great, but the Fringe festival coverage episodes are so boring. If Fringe sponsors the podcast, I understand they have to do something, but it isn't really comedy of the week, then is it? It's just comedy news. Fringe, if you're listening, don't make us sit through these filler episodes. I love the real content, and I love the format otherwise. You can totally skip the "funny from the fringe" episodes, though. You'll fall asleep otherwise.

boomdiggles ,

It’s a creeper.

It starts out slowly but...Next thing you know you like it.

Ponterbee's2ndPhone ,

Wonderful Funny Podcast

Quite a few of these episodes would make brilliant podcasts in their own right - most recently Michael Spicer’s “Before Next Door” - and the off-chance audio sketch comedies are a particular treat (e.g. Rich Hall’s U.S. Breakdown, Alexei Sayle’s Imaginary Sandwich Bar, and last years John Finnemore special)

This is one of the program’s that makes my Sunday night a real treat. (👏!!)

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