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Live at the Apollo

  • 2011
  • Season 7
  • 8 episodes
  • Entertainment
  • Comedy


Micky Flanagan hosts the first show and introduces routines by Seann Walsh and Jason Byrne. In subsequent editions Sean Lock, Alan Carr, Andy Parsons, Rich Hall, Sarah Millican, Jason Manford and Jack Whitehall introduce performances by Ed Byrne, Andi Osho, Andrew Lawrence, Mark Watson, Steve Hughes, Tom Stade and Shappi Khorsandi.


Episode 2: Sean Lock, Lee Nelson and Ed Byrne


Sean Lock hosts the stand-up show recorded at London's Hammersmith Apollo, welcoming comedians to share their light-hearted views on modern life. Sean gives his take on female role models for his daughters, and introduces routines by Lee Nelson, who provides his views on street riots, and Irish funnyman Ed Byrne


Between them Have I Got News for You and Live at the Apollo are a perfect double act. You start your viewing with a light dusting of satire, a few knowing jibes from Hislop and Merton about current events, then – wahey! – it’s time for filthy stand-up. By which time those refreshing beverages you allowed yourself earlier on will have lowered your defences enough to make pretty much anything fair game. Which is just as well.

This time it’s Sean Lock, Ed Byrne and Lee Nelson who take advantage of our benevolent haze with slick, likeable routines. The great thing about Lock is that you sense he doesn’t care too much if a bit of his act doesn’t work. When a sequence about Madonna’s dancing goes a bit flat, he pulls it back, partly by the unlikely device of having his Madonna speak in an Australian accent. And his routine on kids’ pirate parties is lovely. (“In a hundred years’ time will they all be dressed as terrorists?” he wonders.) Byrne does a long, clever cat-related routine. But Nelson gets the biggest laughs of all.


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UnknownSean Lock
PerformerEd Byrne
PerformerLee Nelson
Executive producerAddison Cresswell
Executive producerJoe Norris
Executive producerAndrew Beint
Series producerAnthony Caveney
DirectorPaul Wheeler

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