Funny Business

Series 1 - 2. Deal Makers

Radio Times
Review by:
Jack Seale

The return of a series that was binned after one episode last month — up against Africa on Wednesday night, it died on its backside. Now, in a less high-profile slot, it continues its exploration of the commercial end of comedy by looking at how managers and agents ensure that the nation’s top comics earn pop-star bucks. Rhod Gilbert and Jo Brand, whose extremely candid interviews helped to make the first episode so engrossing, are back along with Eddie Izzard and David Baddiel.

About this programme

2/3. Eddie Izzard, David Baddiel, Rhod Gilbert and Jo Brand talk about the business side of stand-up comedy, focusing on the managers and agents who help stars earn millions. The programme reveals the behind-the-scenes deals that can mean the difference between success and failure and unearths documents in the BBC archives relating to Morecambe and Wise's pay negotiations in the 1960s and 70s.

Cast and crew

Cast

Narrator
Eddie Mair
Contributor
Eddie Izzard
Contributor
David Baddiel
Contributor
Rhod Gilbert
Contributor
Jo Brand

Crew

Director
John Holdsworth
Executive Producer
Anne Gilchrist
Producer
John Holdsworth
Categories
Documentary