Mock The Week: The biggest names to emerge from the show as it comes to an end

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21 Oct 2022, 09:49

Hugh Dennis (left) and Dara O'Briain (right) on Mock The Week

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Mock The Week comes to an end tonight (21st October) after 17 years on BBC Two and there have been some incredible comedians to come from the show.

After 21 series and more than 200 episodes hosted by Irish comedian Dara O’Briain, the finale episode will air tonight.

The programme first appeared on BBC Two in 2005 and has welcomed the likes of Russel Howard, Frankie Boyle, Chris Addison and Rory Brenner to its panel over the years.

As the legendary programme comes to an end, we’re looking at some of the big names in comedy who have emerged from the series.

Russel Howard

Russell is probably best known for his television shows Russell Howard’s Good News on BBC and Sky’s The Russell Howard Hour, but he actually made his name by appearing on Mock The Week as a regular panellist from 2006 to 2010.

Before appearing on the show, he had won best comedy talent at the 2005 Edinburgh Fringe for his topical, observational style stand-up, which he now famous for.

He left Mock The Week in 2009 to pursue other commitments but said of the show: "What I love about Mock The Week is that its big belly laughs rather than that kind of sneering laugh...

"The great thing is that it's topical so every time there's a new story, we have to have a new approach to it."

Frankie Boyle

Frankie is possibly one of the best-known British comedians of recent times and made his name with his controversial material, which has often got him in trouble in the past.

He first joined Mock The Week as a regular panellist in 2005 where he made his name and also left the show in 2009. Since then, he has authored five books and starred in a number of his own TV shows including Frankie Boyle's Tramadol Nights in 2010 and Frankie Boyle's New World Order, which has run since 2017.

Boyle has claimed that Mock The Week producers often avoided certain topics when he was on the show for fear of “frightening the horses” and causing offence.

Dara O’Briain

Dara had built a reputation as a stand-up comedian in Ireland before becoming the host of Mock The Week, but the show certainly helped introduced him to a UK audience.

He made his debut on the show’s first episode in 2005 and has since become a staple of British stand-up, hosting a number of successful TV shows and sell-out tours.

When asked by Radio Times in 2020 whether he thought Mock The Week would still be on TV in years to come, the comedian responded: "Oh God no... I mean, you don't presume that anything has any longevity."

Ria Lina

Ria first appeared on Mock The Week in 2020 as a rising star in comedy and stand-up. She had also been named one of The Evening Standard’s Hottest Comedians You Should Be Watching Now.

The comic has since taken award-winning shows to the Edinburgh Fringe and Greater Manchester Fringe and has been described by critics as “like a Filipina Sarah Silverman”.

She has also featured on episodes of Have I Got News For You, Live At The Apollo, and Just A minute since her stint on Mock The Week, as well as Prime Video’s Lovestruck High.

Andy Parsons

Andy became a regular panellist on Mock The Week for 11 series before quitting the show in 2015.

He began his career as a writer for the acclaimed puppet show Spitting Image and dabbled in stand-up comedy. But, he became a household name after appearing on Mock The Week for the first time in 2005.

The final episode of Mock The Week airs tonight (21st October) at 10pm on BBC Two.