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ITV2 recommissions Don’t Hate The Playaz and The Stand Up Sketch Show

Published: Thu 30 May 2019

ITV2 recommissions  Don’t Hate The Playaz and The Stand Up Sketch Show.
 
Don’t Hate The Playaz
 
The anarchic Hip Hop comedy show will return to ITV2 in Autumn 2019.
 
The first series proved hugely popular with ITV2 viewers and was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award this year in the Entertainment category.
 
Filmed in a gig-environment and hosted by Jordan Stephens, two teams made up of comedians, Hip Hop legends & celebrity Hip Hop lovers battle it out in front of a live audience for the ultimate prize: bragging rights!
 
Maya Jama and Lady Leshurr will once again lead the two teams alongside new guests each week. 
 
The Stand Up Sketch Show
 
The comedy format that combines both stand up and sketch will return to ITV2 in early 2020.
 
From established stand up 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 series 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 said “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 added “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 series.” 
 
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.