Comedian Alan Davies reckons that comedians on TV are being made to look funnier than they really are. The QI panellist claims that shows like Michael McIntyre’s Live At The Apollo take out the unfunny bits in the editing process.
“Those shows are wall to wall hits, there is not a duff gag or a missed line….It’s like a football match with every shot on target,” he told The Metro newspaper. However, in reality, Davies suggests, comedians have a much harder time on stage.
Davies is a judge on a new ITV Series, Show Me The Funny, which sees ten comedians – including a former model and a policeman – out wit each other for a prize of £100,000, a tour and a DVD deal. Comedy critic and fellow judge Kate Copstick added: “It’s like Masterchef for comics which I suppose makes Alan John Torode and me the irritating shouty one.”
Hosted by Jason Manford, Show Me The Funny premieres on ITV1, Monday July 18, 9pm