Stand-Up Hero



Ed Byrne (pilot)

Brendon Burns


Baby Cow Productions and Signal TV for ITV4, 1 February to 7 December 2010 (Pilot + 7 episodes in 1 series)


Do you feel that your career is getting nowhere? Looking for that little bit of exposure on a mid-ranking digital television channel? Want to appear all altruistic and lovely when buying eight hours' of advertising? Then Stand-Up Hero could be right for you.

Comedians who hadn't enjoyed "significant" television exposure were encouraged to send three-minute clips, and a brief blurb about themselves, to the organisers. Some of the best were invited along to regional auditions, from where the cream went to the national final.

A leading men's magazine funded the programme, including a generous £10,000 prize to the eventual champion. A pilot programme in early 2010 led to a full series that autumn. A second series wasn't made, ITV concentrated on their own comic search show Show Me the Funny 2011.


Advertiser funder by FHM.


2009 Marlon Davis
2010 Josh Widdicombe

Web links

Press release announcing the 2010 competition

British Comedy Guide entry


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