Viva Cabaret

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Viva Cabaret
Genre Comedy
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 13
Running time 45–50 mins
Original network Channel 4
Original release 14 April 1993 – 24 June 1994

Viva Cabaret was a late night comedy variety television show that aired on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom from 1993 to 1994.

The series was filmed in a sound stage in West London, with the set designed to resemble a cabaret club.[1] The programme's house band included drummer Ray Weston (of Wishbone Ash)[2] and members of Pink Floyd's touring band.[3]

The first episode, which debuted on 14 April 1993, was hosted by Tom Jones.[4] Subsequent hosts included Julian Clary, Mark Lamarr, Mike McShane, Jools Holland, Mark Thomas, Eartha Kitt, Paul O'Grady as Lily Savage, and Lee Evans.[1] Competition for slots on the show was intense, with many stars of the British alternative comedy circuit hoping to make an appearance.[5] In addition to the show's British stars, regular international guests included Americans Greg Proops and Sandra Bernhard, and Australia's Doug Anthony All Stars.[3]


  1. ^ a b Viva Cabaret! (1993–94), British Film Institute.
  2. ^ Drummer Ray Weston, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash.
  3. ^ a b Ferguson, Tim (2013). Carry a Big Stick. Sydney: Hachette. ISBN 9780733629358. 
  4. ^ Rampton, James: TELEVISION / BRIEFING: A quiet night in on the town, The Independent, 14 April 1993.
  5. ^ Simpson, Neil (2013). Paul O'Grady – The Biography. London: John Blake Publishing. ISBN 1843582414. 

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