Stand-up comedian Russell Kane has landed another series on BBC3. The channel has hired him to host Look at the State of You (working title), a studio-based entertainment show that uses a “huge nationwide questionnaire” full of bizarre questions to reveal what British people really think and do.
The six-parter, which will include celebrity guests, audience surprises and hidden-camera stunts and will be co-hosted by Radio 1 DJ Greg James, is built on a survey asking questions such as “How does wealth really affect the number of sexual partners you’ve had?”, “Where in the country are people most likely to have slept with a friend’s partner?”, “How much if any would be the lowest amount of money you would want to have your little toe chopped off?” and “Who’s more likely to have a favourite child – mums or dads?”
“I am absolutely thrilled to be involved in this project,” Kane said. “Given that I don’t even have a clue who I am, I’m going to enjoy picking apart who everyone else is.”
Greg James added: “I’m pretty sure we live in a nation full of characters – this show will find out once and for all just how weird we actually are.”
Kane will also host Live at the Electric, a stand-up comedy showcase focusing on emerging talent, for BBC3, it was announced last month.
In 2010, Kane – winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award in the same year – was the narrator/presenter of Freak like Me, a BBC3 series with a subject matter not far from Look at the State of You: it chronicled young adults’ unusual or embarrassing habits, such as squeezing spots or sucking on dummies.
Look at the State of You is expected to air on BBC3 later this year.