Omedians have always needed something to do on TV beyond comedy itself, which takes too long to write to sustain a career alone. Television, meanwhile, has always needed comedians to fill cracks in the schedule. For years, panel shows have been the mutually beneficial solution, but in 2021 there’s a new way to keep beloved jesters in work: give them a series where they invite other comedians on holiday.
During the pandemic, my husband became a cyclist. It started small: bike rides to the park with the kids. Then, the purchase of a more expensive bike. Now we’ve reached the stage at which he thinks padded Lycra leggings are a perfectly acceptable alternative to trousers. If your spouse expresses a casual interest in cycling, do bear the above in mind. It’s a slippery slope.
Sometimes a format as simple as two comedians going on a bike ride together makes for good television. Away from stage comedy, David O’Doherty earns his primetime slot with another obsession: cycling. Taking Richard Ayoade on a two-day trip along the Kent coast, they observe, reflect and talk utter nonsense. Bliss. Later in the series, Grayson Perry and Mel Giedroyc saddle up. Hollie Richardson.
Lou Sanders, Ed Gamble and John Robins cracked jokes for an acres-wide crowd, with O’Doherty’s delightful stream of consciousness the highlight