US remake of Mock The Week greenlit by Amazon

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A US remake of popular topical comedy show Mock The Week has been greenlit by Amazon.

It will be executive-produced by former host of The Daily Show Trevor Noah, and the show’s original creator Dan Patterson.

The BBC comedy show, hosted by comedian Dara O Briain, ran for 17 years until it was decommissioned in 2022.

Mock The Week's Ed Byrne, Dara O'Briain and Andy Parsons
The BBC comedy show, hosted by comedian Dara O Briain, ran for 17 years until it was decommissioned in 2022 (Comic Relief/PA)

The UK series featured regular appearances from comedians Hugh Dennis, Frankie Boyle, Russell Howard, Andy Parsons, Ed Gamble and Nish Kumar.

Amazon Freevee, Amazon’s free streaming service, announced a series pick-up for a US remake of the show on Monday, with production set to begin in 2024.

A host will be announced at a later date.

“Two things I’m most passionate about in life are paying my landlord and making people laugh,” said Noah, who stood down as host of The Daily Show in December last year.

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The remake will be executive produced by US comedian Trevor Noah and the show’s original creator Dan Patterson (PA)

“By bringing Mock The Week to America with the talented Dan Patterson, I’m looking forward to doing just that.”

“After 21 successful seasons on the BBC, we can’t wait to bring the format to the US and work with America’s deep pool of brilliant comedians,” Patterson added.

Throughout its time on the air, Mock The Week aired a total of 232 episodes, and featured 131 comedians.

The first episodes aired in June 2005 and over the years featured comedy stars including Boyle, Howard, Chris Addison and Rory Bremner.

The US version of Mock The Week will be executive produced by Patterson, Noah, Mark Leveson, Norman Aladjem, Sanaz Yamin, Derek Van Pelt, and Rob Lee.

The series is produced by Angst Productions, Day Zero Productions, Mainstay Entertainment, and Amazon Studios.

Noah is represented by CAA, Mainstay Entertainment, Hansen Jacobson and Jill Fritzo PR.

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