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LIVE AT THE ELECTRIC - NEW COMEDY SHOW ON BBC THREE FROM MAY 31ST

Live At The Electric is a new late-night comedy show on BBC Three from the producers of Russell Howard’s Good News, Not Going Out (BBC ONE) and Harry Hill’s TV Burp (ITV1). The series will be hosted by the multi-award-winning stand-up RUSSELL KANE (currently co-hosting BBC Three’s Britain Unzipped), who was the first comedian to win both the Edinburgh Comedy Award and the Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the two most prestigious prizes in live comedy.

BBC Three has handpicked a collection of the hottest emerging talent currently getting the live comedy scene in a spin. Live At The Electric will, for the first time, accurately reflect the unseen breadth of the UK comedy world, uniquely blending stand-up, short films, quick-fire sketches and music... taking the traditional live comedy show and wiring it up to the mains.

The series will showcase a super-charged ensemble of the best new artists, including: HUMPHREY KER (Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Winner 2011), JOE WILKINSON (BBC Three’s Him and Her), NICK HELM (Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee 2011), sketch group JIGSAW featuring; DAN ANTOPOLSKI (Triple Perrier Award nominee), TOM CRAINE and NAT LUURTSEMA, TOTALLY TOM (Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee 2011) and introducing HARI KONDABOLU, LADY GARDEN, TWO EPISODES OF MASH featuring JOE WILKINSON and DIANE MORGAN and sketch group WITTANK featuring NAZ OSMANOGLU, KIERAN BOYD and MARK COOPER-JONES.

The series is directed by PAUL WHEELER (That Sunday Night Show, ITV1 and Have I Got News For You, BBC One) and CRAIG YOUNG (Russell Howard’s Good News and Mouth To Mouth, both BBC Three), while the show is produced by comedian DAN ATKINSON (Russell Howard’s Good News) and BETH GARROD (Switch and Sound, both BBC Two). The Series Producer is ROBYN O’BRIEN (Russell Howard’s Good News) and Executive Producers are RICHARD ALLEN-TURNER, JAMES TAYLOR and JON THODAY.

Live At The Electric airs on 31st May on BBC Three
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For more information please contact:
Lucy Plosker, Celeste Berry or Dan Lloyd at Avalon on: 020 7598 7222 or email: lucyp@avalonuk.com, celesteb@avalonuk.com or danl@avalonuk.com

RUSSELL KANE

RUSSELL has achieved what no other comedian has managed - winning both the Edinburgh Comedy Award and the Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2010, the two most prestigious prizes in comedy - with his stand-up show Smokescreens & Castles. RUSSELL then went on to tour the show around the country and launched his debut DVD of the same show in November 2011 with Universal Pictures UK. After a sell-out run at last year’s Edinburgh Festival, the 2010 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner is currently on a 59-date tour of Manscaping around the UK as well as co-hosting comedy entertainment show, Britain Unzipped with Radio 1 DJ Greg James (BBC Three). In the last year, award-winning comic RUSSELL has become a regular on TV and radio: returning to the Jungle to co-host the TRIC-award nominated I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here Now! (ITV2), live every night from the jungle; appearing in the Let’s Dance for Comic Relief final following a bootylicious performance of Beyoncé’s Crazy in Love - watched by 7.56m on BBC One. He accepted the challenge of the famous black chair in a special edition of Britain's toughest quiz, Celebrity Mastermind (BBC Two) in aid of Children in Need with his specialist subject - The Life and Novels of Evelyn Waugh. He has also appeared on a host of shows including Mock the Week (BBC Two); It’s Your Round (BBC Radio 4); A Good Read (BBC Radio 4); The Graham Norton Show (BBC One); 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4); Live at the Apollo (BBC One); Ask Rhod Gilbert (BBC Two); and Argumental (Dave). RUSSELL also starred as the series regular on all six episodes of ITV1’s flagship comedy showcase, Comedy Rocks with JASON MANFORD; and presented a new radio show, Russell Kane’s Whistle Stop Tour (BBC Radio 2).


What the press has said about Russell Kane live:

★★★★★ The Times ★★★★★ Daily Telegraph ★★★★★ The Sunday Times
★★★★★ Mirror Online ★★★★★ Three Weeks ★★★★★ Fest ★★★★★Time Out ★★★★★ Forth One ★★★★★ One4review ★★★★★ The New Current ★★★★ The Scotsman

AVALON TELEVISION
Currently Avalon Television have in production: the quadruple-BAFTA and triple British Comedy award-winning Harry Hill’s TV Burp (ITV1); Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Three), recommissioned for series six and seven in 2012; five series of the Royal Television Society and Rose D’Or award-winning sitcom Not Going Out (BBC ONE). Avalon Television also produces: You Cannot Be Serious! (ITV1) a topical sports entertainment series, hosted by ALISTAIR MCGOWAN; critically-acclaimed topical comedy show Frank Skinner’s Opinionated (BBC TWO); That Sunday Night Show (ITV1), hosted by ADRIAN CHILES and Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show (BBC Three).
This year in the US, Avalon Television is producing season three of Workaholics, the most successful non-animated scripted comedy series in Comedy Central history, and John Oliver’s New York Stand-up Show (Comedy Central). As well as the second season of Rove: LA, with host ROVE MCMANUS for FOX8 and the first season of Bunk (IFC), a game show parody hosted by KURT BRAUNOHLER. Also an established provider of digital content, The Handlers, starring BRYAN CRANSTON, is currently represented on Atom.com.
Avalon Television also produces successful radio shows: BBC Radio 5 Live’s 7 Day Sunday hosted by AL MURRAY with regular contributors including ANDY ZALTZMAN and REBECCA FRONT; 8 series of Heresy (BBC Radio 4); Russell Kane’s Whistle Stop Tour (BBC Radio 2); Dave Gorman’s Sunday Morning Show for Absolute Radio, the first commercial radio podcast to rise as high as number 1 in the iTunes Podcast chart; The Frank Skinner Show, Absolute Radio’s Saturday morning’s flagship show, whose spin-off podcasts received 10.1 million downloads in 2011 alone; and critically acclaimed comedy dramas, Living with Mother (BBC Radio 4) featuring ALISON STEADMAN, TIMOTHY SPALL, PENELOPE KEITH, Mr Blue Sky (BBC Radio 4) starring MARK BENTON and Don’t Start (BBC Radio 4), written and starring FRANK SKINNER.
Avalon Television, founded in 1993, have supplied to all major UK channels and leading cable and satellite stations, in addition to content for radio broadcasters. Avalon Television has produced Fantasy Football League (BBC TWO, ITV1) with DAVID BADDIEL and FRANK SKINNER; three series of BAFTA award-winning The Harry Hill Show (Channel 4); the first ever UK arena comedy show Baddiel and Newman in Pieces at Wembley and Royal Television Society Award nominated The Frank Skinner Show (BBC ONE, ITV1), which is widely credited as setting the tone for the modern comedic chat show and ran for nine years, attracting 11 million viewers at its peak.