Further to the BBC’s announcement of Matt Lucas’ new silent comedy Show, Pompidou, they have today also announced another green light, this time welcoming Peter Kay to the channel with new sitcom Car Share to be filmed in the North West.
Stewart Francis has been all over the news lately regarding a new sitcom he is writing so naturally this was out next question for him. He is quietly optimistic and can see it in his mind’s eye on the television. For him, the hardest task involves getting a production company into the picture simply given the sheer quantity of scripts they have to sift through before picking up the ones they think will be a hit although he does imply that some higher profile comedians can cut out the middleman.
Details of the new sitcom, Vic and Bob’s House of Fools, starring Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer have been unleashed on the ‘Be In The Audience’ section of the BBC’s website. Stars of highly popular shows such as Bang Bang, Catterick and of course, the beloved comedy panel show Shooting Stars, which was controversially booted from BBC 2 in 2011, the duo now reunite to provide an insight into their lives off the telly. (Note that this pilot show is being recorded on a not for broadcast basis).
Stewart Francis‘ rapid rise to fame owes to several factors. Being funny always helps and Stewart’s sense of humour is hard to rival on today’s comedy circuit but what really rocketed him to household name status was his arrival on these shores when the UK stand-up scene was experiencing something of a boom. Comedy venues were raking it in and shows like ‘Live at the Apollo’ and ‘Mock the Week’ were bringing acts to the public eye that might have otherwise flown inconspicuously under the radar.
Now such a highly sought after act, we spoke to Stewart to find out where it all began. Unsurprisingly, he set foot in the entertainment world as a cartoonist but, after sending his cartoons out, he gave it up as a bad job as he couldn’t handle all the sadness of rejection in his life. This was the turning point when he realised it was time to fall back on plan B, stand-up, back in 1989, which is what he’s been doing ever since.