Punt and Dennis

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Punt and Dennis
Now Show 2005.jpg
MediumTelevision, radio
Years active1980's-present (intermittent)
GenresSketch comedy
Political satire
Subject(s)Politics, current events
Notable works and rolesThe Mary Whitehouse Experience
The Party Line
The Now Show

Punt and Dennis are a comedy double act consisting of Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis. The duo first met at the Footlights while studying at Cambridge University in the early 1980s.[1] Initially they started off as an amateur double act performing at various venues in London on the weekends due to Dennis' weekday job commitments and have since branched out into acting and screen writing.


Radio and television[edit]

Punt and Dennis' first appeared on television in Jasper Carrott's shows during the late 1980s. They came to public attention as one half of The Mary Whitehouse Experience, a comedy show on BBC Radio 1 which then transferred to television. While the other two stars of the series, Rob Newman and David Baddiel, became major celebrities—playing to sell-out audiences at Wembley Arena[2]—Punt and Dennis never attained the same level of prominence as a double act. Their own TV series, The Imaginatively Titled Punt & Dennis Show, did not meet the same success as The Mary Whitehouse Experience had, though it won larger audiences and was given a higher profile than the other pairing's spin-off project Newman and Baddiel in Pieces.

The duo continued to collaborate despite each having forged their own separate careers—Dennis as a panellist and presenter and Punt as a screenwriter. Their more prominent works include long-running radio shows It's Been a Bad Week (BBC Radio 2) and BBC Radio 4 shows The Party Line and the currently running The Now Show.[3] They also contribute to the satirical hit panel game Mock the Week. Punt is a programme associate while Dennis is a regular panellist alongside Frankie Boyle and later Chris Addison.


In 1992 they went on the road themselves and toured the UK with a show called 'Punt And Dennis - The Milky Milky Tour'. The name of the show was inspired by a character called Mr Strange that Hugh Dennis played in The Mary Whitehouse Experience. The Milky Milky tour was filmed live on stage at Bristol's Hippodrome Theatre in 1992 and released on VHS Video.

In 2007 they performed a UK tour of their comedy called Stuff and Nonsense. In 2010 they announced November 2010 preview shows and a new tour for 2011 (that was titled 'They Should Get Out More') which ran from January to March. In 2014 they embarked on a new UK comedy tour called 'Ploughing on Regardless'.


  1. ^ "Cambridge Footlights Alumni 1980-1989". Footlights Official Website. Archived from the original on 2012-01-26.
  2. ^ Blast from the past 29 October 2007 Retrieved 16 March 2010
  3. ^ "Punt & Dennis, and comedic double acts". guardian.co.uk. 2 May 2003.