School of Comedy

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School of Comedy
School of Comedy.png
The title card used for the show.
Genre Comedy
Created by Laura Lawson
Directed by Alex Hardcastle
Starring Various Actors/Actresses
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 12
Executive producer(s) Andy Harries
Producer(s) Laura Lawson
Editor(s) Steve Andrews
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Left Bank Pictures
Original network E4 (series)
Original release 1 October 2009 – 18 October 2010
External links

School of Comedy was a British character-based comedy sketch show which was turned into a television show after a successful run of review shows at the Edinburgh festival.[1]

The cast was entirely made up from members of the after school drama club of The Harrodian School in London, run by teacher Laura Lawson.[2]

The show comprised sketches involving a very diverse group of characters; from a lesbian couple in 1940s war-time Britain, to a pair of South-African security guards. The show is unique from other comedy sketch shows because even though the show's content is mature enough to need to be shown after the watershed, the roles were all played by school aged performers.

The show ran for two series' on E4 from 1 October 2009 [3] to 18 October 2010.[4]

The show has been credited with starting the careers of Will Poulter, Charlie Wernham and Jack Harries. Poulter has gone on to star in films such as The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and We're the Millers, while Harries has gone on to start a YouTube channel named "JacksGap", which currently has over 4 million subscribers and has made Harries both well-known and popular on the internet. Wernham has gone on to play parts in Bad Education, Some Girls, Inbetweeners and currently plays Robbie Roscoe in Hollyoaks. Beth Rylance has since had a lead role in The Ministry of Curious Stuff and has had various guest and advertising roles.[5]

Cast / Character(s)[edit]

Actor/Actress Character(s)
Will Poulter Bota Saffas - One of two South-African security guards.
Geoff - A 1970s copper.
Leonard Lizard - A greedy, closeted 1980s businessman who founded Lizard Corporation. Parody of Gordon Gekko.
Mr Mills - A blunt and 'non-PC' school teacher.
Pongo - A 1940s homosexual navy officer whose wife is a lesbian.
Terry - A 'typical white van man' (a British stereotype of a handyman).
And smaller non-recurring parts
Jack Harries Marv - A hot-shot Hollywood movie producer.
Marcus - An employee of Lizard Corporation, and the object of Leonard's affection.
And smaller non-recurring parts
Beth Rylance Angharad - A rude blind lady who despises her husband.
Karel - An Eastern-European immigrant working for a rich British family.
Margot - A 1940s lesbian.
Vota Saffas - One of two South-African security guards.
And smaller non-recurring parts


  1. ^ "Interview with Laura Lawson". E4 Website. Retrieved on 16 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Interview with Laura Lawson, Will Poulter & Beth Rylance"
  3. ^ "Channel 4's Series 1, Episode 1 Summary". Channel 4 Website. Retrieved on 16 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Channel 4's Series 2, Episode 6 Summary". Channel 4 Website. Retrieved on 16 June 2013.
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l School Of Comedy - Production Details, British Comedy Guide. (2008)

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