Mock the Week cancelled: which comedians have been on show?

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Mock the Week has been canceled after 17 years and more than 100 guests, with the final season scheduled to air this fall

The BBC comedy panel show Mock the Week first aired in 2005 when Tony Blair was still in power.

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The show aired during the tenure of five prime ministers and satirized numerous scandals.

The series shed light on current events, using the previous week’s headlines as the basis for a light-hearted quiz and freestyle comedy show.

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Dara O’Brian has hosted Mock the Week since 2005

On August 2, the BBC announced that the show will air its 21st and final season this autumn, with plans to cancel the show to make room for new content.

Presenter Dara O’Brian said: “The storylines just kept getting crazier and crazier – global pandemics, divorce from Europe, new short-term prime ministers. It couldn’t go on. We just couldn’t be more silly than the news already was.”

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More than 100 comedians have guest-starred throughout the show’s 20 seasons — and many jumped at the opportunity to launch successful careers.

Which comedians were at Mock the Week?

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After news of the ax broke, Dara O’Brian dubbed Mock the Week “Dara and Hugh’s Academy for Baby Comedians” because of the number of up and coming cast members who are cutting their teeth on the show.

By the end of season 20, 118 comedians had joined Dara in taking a lopsided look at current events.

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Hugh Dennis is the only comedian to have starred in every season of the show, appearing in a total of 174 episodes.

Though Dennis is as synonymous with the show as Dara, he is also known for his roles on the sitcoms Outnumbered and Not Going Out.

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Hugh Dennis and Lee Mack in Don’t Date

Dennis has also starred in the dark comedy series Fleabag and had a cameo in the latest James Bond film No Time to Die.

Andy Parsons was the second most prolific comic of the series, appearing for the first 14 seasons.

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Since leaving the show, Parsons has produced three stand-up tours – Live and Unleashed, Peak Bullsh*t and Healing the Nation.

Frankie Boyle has long been associated with Mock the Week, although he left the show after season seven. He has since hosted several dark comedy shows including Frankie Boyle’s Tramadol Nights and New World Order.

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Other well-known comedians who have had guest appearances on the show over the years include David Mitchell, Jo Brand, Frank Skinner, Sue Perkins, Sandi Toksvig and Sarah Millican.

But many comedians who appeared at Mock the Week were relatively unknown at the time.

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James Acaster broke his teeth at Mock the Week

Russell Howard is one of the show’s biggest success stories – after his stint on the show he started working on Russell Howaerd’s Good News and has since appeared on many other comedy shows including Taskmaster.

Other Taskmaster alumni, James Acaster and Ed Gamble, both made their debut appearances on the show when their careers in comedy were taking off.

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Sophie Duker, Lucy Porter, Rob Becket and Josh Widdicombe were also green when they first took their seats on the Mock the Week panel and have all had promising careers in comedy.

How to watch old episodes of Mock the Week?

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Following the news that Mock the Week will no longer be creating new episodes after the next season, many fans will want to know how to watch previous seasons of the show.

Episodes 3-12 of season 18 and 7-9 of season 20 are currently available to watch on UKTV Play, while episodes 7-13 of season 20 will be available to view on BBC iPlayer for four months.

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For older episodes, YouTube is the best place to go for on-demand viewing – there are plenty of full episodes, compilations, best parts, and bloopers to watch on the site.

You can watch old episodes on Dave – episodes generally air Tuesday through Friday at 10pm and Mondays at 10:40pm.

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