Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow

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Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow
GenreStand-up comedy
Directed byPaul Wheeler
Presented byMichael McIntyre
Narrated byPeter Dickson
Opening theme"Burn Baby Burn" by Ash
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes13
Executive producersAndrew Beint
Addison Cresswell
Katie Taylor
ProducerAnthony Caveney
Running time45 minutes
Production companyOpen Mike Manchester
Original release
NetworkBBC One (2009—2011)
BBC HD (2009)
BBC One HD (2010—2011)
Release6 June 2009 (2009-06-06) –
25 December 2011 (2011-12-25)
Live at the Apollo

Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow is a British stand-up comedy television series hosted by comedian Michael McIntyre from different venues around the United Kingdom and Ireland. The first series was broadcast with six episodes in 2009. Each episode features a routine from McIntyre, followed by three other comedians before the headline act. A second six-episode series in the same format followed in 2010.

A special one-hour Christmas episode transmitted on 25 December 2011.[1]


The series was commissioned in February 2009 following the success of Live at the Apollo.[2] Hosted by stand-up comedian Michael McIntyre, the series aimed to bring acts "new to a BBC One Saturday night audience".[3] The series is often repeated on Comedy Central and is broadcast in high definition on BBC HD and Comedy Central HD.


Series 1 (2009)[edit]

Episode Location Headliner Comedians Airdate
1x01 Edinburgh Playhouse Rhod Gilbert Kevin Bridges
Stewart Francis
Mark Watson
6 June 2009
1x02 Manchester Apollo Jason Manford John Bishop
Mick Ferry
Sarah Millican
13 June 2009
1x03 Birmingham Hippodrome Shappi Khorsandi Steve Hughes
Tom Stade
Paul Tonkinson
20 June 2009
1x04 Swansea Grand Theatre Sean Lock Alun Cochrane
Ava Vidal
Steve Williams
27 June 2009
1x05 Belfast Waterfront Hall Patrick Kielty Neil Delamere
Kerry Godliman
Jeff Green
4 July 2009
1x06 Brighton Dome Al Murray
(as The Pub Landlord)
Jo Caulfield
Micky Flanagan
Jon Richardson
11 July 2009

Series 2 (2010)[edit]

Episode Location Headliner Comedians Airdate
2x01 Glasgow Theatre Royal Kevin Bridges Craig Campbell
Milton Jones
Daniel Sloss
18 September 2010
2x02 Sunderland Empire Sarah Millican Simon Evans
Imran Yusuf
25 September 2010
2x03 Blackpool Grand Theatre John Bishop Terry Alderton
Miles Jupp
Justin Moorhouse
2 October 2010
2x04 Olympia Theatre Dublin Tommy Tiernan Keith Farnan
Andrew Lawrence
Zoe Lyons
9 October 2010
2x05 Bristol Hippodrome Noel Fielding Hal Cruttenden
Mike Gunn
Seann Walsh
16 October 2010[fn 1]
2x06 Leeds Grand Ardal O'Hanlon Sean Collins
Andi Osho
Jack Whitehall
23 October 2010[fn 1]

Christmas special (2011)[edit]

Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow returned for an hour long Christmas special on 25 December 2011 at 10.30pm.

Episode Location Comedians Musical acts Airdate
Special Theatre Royal, Drury Lane Rob Brydon
James Corden and Miranda Hart[fn 2]
Jack Dee
Rhod Gilbert
Sean Lock
David Mitchell[fn 3][4]
Pixie Lott[fn 4]
Kylie Minogue
25 December 2011


In Australia, season one and two aired back-to-back on ABC1 each Saturday at 9:20pm (moved to 9:35pm for season two) from 18 September 2010.[5][6] Episodes also made available from the ABC iview catch-up service.


The series peaked with 5.5 million viewers for the first episode, which also gained 1.17 million views on BBC iPlayer, the third highest for the year to 13 December 2009 behind Top Gear.[7] In The Times, David Chater said that "If this roadshow is anything to go by, the quality of stand-up in Britain is at an all-time high."[8] The series was nominated in the Best Comedy Entertainment Programme category for the 2009 British Comedy Awards.

In 2011 the programme was nominated in the National Television Awards but lost out to ITV Comedy, Benidorm. It's also nominated for the Entertainment Award in 2012 as well as Michael being nominated as best Entertainment Performance. The programme won the Entertainment Award, but Michael lost out as presenter to Ant and Dec.


'Michael Mcintyre's Comedy Roadshow' has not been commercially released onto DVD on its own, however both series have been available to watch on demand on services such as Lovefilm and Netflix. Michael's Stand up Segments from Series 1 were collected into a compilation and were included on his 'Hello Wembley DVD' as a special feature. Michael's segments from Series 2 were also placed into a compilation which was included on its own DVD as a content exclusive to the 'Michael Mcintyre Stand Up Collection Boxset' which was released in 2010.


  1. ^ a b Aired in a 30-minute slot on original broadcast.
  2. ^ Corden and Hart performed a sketch on stage, in character as Smithy and Miranda respectively.
  3. ^ Mitchell did not appear on stage; he delivered a monologue about Christmas from the royal box.
  4. ^ Lott performed a duet with McIntyre.


  1. ^ "Michael Mcintyre to serve up festive treat on BBC One this Christmas". bbc.co.uk (Press release). BBC. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Michael McIntyre takes to the road with a brand new show for BBC One" (Press release). BBC Press Office. 16 February 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2009.
  3. ^ "New comedy tops bill on BBC One this summer with Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow" (Press release). BBC Press Office. 23 April 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2009.
  4. ^ "David Mitchell has a rant about Christmas | Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow | BBC Comedy Greats". YouTube.
  5. ^ "ABC1 Programming Airdate: Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow (season one, episode one)". ABC Television Publicity. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
  6. ^ "ABC1 Programming Airdate: Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow (season two, episode one)". ABC Television Publicity. Retrieved 6 November 2010.
  7. ^ "BBC iPlayer celebrates second birthday with record breaking figures" (Press release). BBC Press Office. Retrieved 30 December 2009.
  8. ^ Chater, David; Clay, Joe; Ford, Emily (27 June 2009). "Glastonbury 2009; ER; Blood and Guts: A History of Surgery; Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow". The Times. Retrieved 30 December 2009.

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