Comedian Nish Kumar to front new political satire show this week

Written by James Millar on 17 July 2017 in Culture

UK version of American hit The Daily Show gets green light from the BBC

A new political comedy show is coming to the BBC. Nish Kumar is to host a ten part topical satire series starting this week. Comparisons have already been drawn with US hits The Daily Show, which made John Stewart a star in America, and John Oliver's programme Last Week Tonight.

The programme, which starts its run on Thursday on BBC2, is called The Mash Report and is being made in conjunction with satirical website The Daily Mash. The site prides itself on its deadpan style, current headlines include 'Desperate Tories taking copious notes during Game of Thrones' and 'You owe me money, Hammond tells public sector workers'.

The new series increases the BBC's topical output further following a successful run of Frankie Boyle's New World Order and the continued popularity of panel shows Mock the Week and Have I Got News for You.

Kumar is best known as a stand up comic. He's also co-hosted The Bugle podcast alongside political comedian Andy Zaltzman and fronted Newsjack on digital radio channel Radio 4 Extra. He's admitted to being nervous about the launch, UK copycat versions of American shows have not traditionally done well. But he's convinced The Mash Report can succeed. He said: "I think there's definitely an appetite for a satirical news show. When we shot the pilot I was surprised both by the size of the audience and by how broad it was, there were poeple of all ages. I think the news is so crazy right now that people really want something that looks at everything and sends it up."



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