ITV2 renews Don’t Hate The Playaz and The Stand Up Sketch Show
Staff Reporter | On 17, Jun 2019Reading time: 2 mins
ITV has renewed both Don’t Hate The Playaz and The Stand Up Sketch Show for another season.
Don’t Hate The Playaz is an anarchic comedy show that pits comedians, Hip Hop legends & celebrity Hip Hop lovers against each other for the ultimate prize: bragging rights.
Filmed in a gig-environment and hosted by Jordan Stephens, two teams battle it out in front of a live audience each episode. Maya Jama and Lady Leshurr will once again lead the two teams alongside new guests every week.
The series proved hugely popular with ITV2 viewers and was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award this year in the Entertainment category. It will return to ITV2 in Autumn 2019.
The Stand Up Sketch Show is a unique series that combines both stand-up and sketch comedy.
From established routines by some of the nation’s best loved comedians, to brand new material from Britain’s most exciting up and coming talent, The Stand Up Sketch Show is doing what no comedy has ever done before. Each sketch begins with a comedian telling their story on stage in front of a live audience, before shifting into a surreal reconstruction of the material. Using some of the circuit’s funniest material, the reconstructions will feature visual jokes, supporting performances, ridiculous props and absolutely killer comedy.
Comedians in the first season included Joel Dommett, Felicity Ward, Dane Baptiste, Darren Harriot, Tom Allen, Russell Kane, London Hughes, Suzi Ruffell, Seann Walsh, Fern Brady and Tom Allen.
ITV’s Head of Digital Channels, Paul Mortimer, says: “Don’t Hate The Playaz and The Stand Up Sketch Show were creative and original commissions for ITV2 and we’re delighted both shows resonated with our younger audience.”
Saskia Schuster, ITV’s Comedy Controller adds: “The Stand Up Sketch Show quickly established itself as a fast paced format that delivered the laughs from well known and up and coming comedy talent. Don’t Hate The Playaz put its unique spin on panel shows and the producers have some great ideas lined up for the second season.”
Don’t Hate The Playaz and The Stand Up Sketch Show were both commissioned for ITV2 by Saskia Schuster, ITV’s Comedy Controller and Paul Mortimer, ITV’s Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions.
Don’t Hate The Playaz is a Monkey production with Ollie Brack as executive producer and Will Macdonald as creative director.
The Stand Up Sketch Show is a Spirit Media production for ITV2, executive produced and directed by Matt Campion with Jenny Joyce as producer.