Comedians Giving Lectures



Sara Pascoe


12 Yard Productions for Dave, 18 September 2019 to 23 May 2022 (20 episodes in 3 series)


Three leading comedians are invited to give short lectures in a lecture theatre, on subjects (ostensibly) of Sara Pascoe's choice.

The entertainment is entirely in the lectures, and we're reminded of Jeremy Hardy and Mark Steel's efforts on the radio in the 1990s, or an inverse of The Unbelievable Truth. Indeed, the whole show comes across as a radio show with visuals, which might not be to everyone's taste.

There is just enough of a game show element to pass this site's muster, as the prepared lectures are marked by specialists in the field, and also by the audience, and the highest combined score wins.

Like Dave's Hypothetical earlier in the year, don't watch this show for the game. Watch it for the comedy brilliance.

Key moments

Pascoe's (rather fanciful) suggestion in the first series that we need only wait three minutes for the adverts to be over. Try more than six…

Nick Helm failing to deliver his lecture following a ten minute breakdown.


Two more series were commissioned in February 2020. The following month, stand-up comedy was made illegal as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; the show eventually returned in November 2021, with Sara judging alone.

Web links

U programme page

British Comedy Guide entry


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