James Acaster and Josh Widdicombe are teaming up to host a new comedy panel show on Dave.
Hypothetical will test two teams of comedians on their ability to deal with a series of ridiculous Hypothetical scenarios. You have to live in a motorway services for a year, how do you cope? You have to take a selfie with Nicolas Cage within 48 hours or you die – how do you do it? You’ve been booked for the Royal Variety Performance with an hour to spare – you can’t do comedy – what do you do?
Each hypothetical will be posed by Josh, while James’ job is to enforce ridiculous rules and score the guests’ attempts at dealing with them. None of the guests see the hypotheticals beforehand, promising a comedic workout for each unsuspecting participant.
“I have spent the last decade of my life annoying other comics with these questions in cars and dressing rooms so I am delighted Dave have allowed me to claim that I was in fact researching a show and not just wasting everyone’s time,” says Widdicombe. “More to the point I cannot wait to work alongside the man who makes me laugh more than anyone else in comedy. I just hope this goes better than our 2009 Edinburgh show (one star, Three Weeks magazine).”
“It’s the show Josh was born to host and the show I was adopted into in order to help out with,” adds Acaster.
The series has been ordered by Richard Watsham, UKTV’s director of commissioning and Steve North, genre general manager for entertainment and comedy, for comedy channel Dave, overseen by channel director Luke Hales. Hypothetical is commissioned by UKTV commissioning editor, Joe McVey who will also executive produce alongside Stu Mather at Hat Trick Productions. Sophie Le Good will produce.
Starting off as a Whatsapp conversation with Mather, the show joins a growing list of UKTV Original shows coming to Dave, including Judge Romesh later this month plus John Robins Beat the Internet and the return of award-winning Taskmaster in the Autumn.
“We loved the format when it landed on our desks – in a world of semi-scripted panel shows it really stood out from the pack and felt fresh and different,” says Hales. “The format forces improvisation and you get to see the comics thinking on their feet and making it up as they go along.”