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Live at the Apollo
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Live at the Apollo
Advantages: Funny stuff
Disadvantages: None really
Live At The Apollo is a TV show that airs on the Dave channel. It is quite simple in essence, filmed live from the Hammersmith Apollo in London, with a top British comedian essentially 'hosting' a night at the venue, providing a bit of their own stand up routine before handing off and introducing a guest comedian.
The guests are usually established comedians, and this is a welcome sight, as you can get some shows which attempt to promote up and coming comedians, which can be a bit hit or miss. Jack Dee was probably the most regular host, and now it has become a bit more changeable, with hosts such as Dara O'Brien from Mock The Week, and Lee Mack.
Guests can range in terms of their type of humour, and they have the chance to hone their stand up routines with an audience that have already been warmed up by the host comedian. The comedy is often quite brash and adult depending on who the comedian is. I like the fact that they are given the chance to let loose on their audience and go to town, allowing any material, be it controversial or safe.
Comedians such as the Mock The Week regulars are often found on the programme, using material which is very much relevant to current affairs, whereas comedians such as Sean Long will use situational comedy to get the best possible reactions.
The programme is an hour long, with a couple of breaks, and is started and ended by the host comedian. I highly recommend watching it if you get the chance. The shows are generally repeated in what seems to be a completely random order, with more modern ones being aired the day before an older show, and then vice versa the next week. Either way, you can be assured that the comedy is of top quality, featuring some of our best home grown successful comedy talent available.
Summary: Great stand up comedy show