Comedy Lab, Channel 4's unique comedy showcase that unearths the stars of the future. Talent previously uncovered by Comedy Lab includes Peter Kay, Jimmy Carr, Dom Joly and Russell Brand. Karl Pilkington is best known for the world-record-breaking podcasts that he does with friends Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

Comedy Lab - Netflix

Type: Variety

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: 1998-11-11

Comedy Lab - Fonejacker - Netflix

Fonejacker is a British comedy programme broadcast on E4 featuring a series of prank calls involving a number of different characters performed by British Iranian television actor Kayvan Novak. It first appeared in May 2006 and became a full series in 2007. In 2005 Kayvan Novak and Ed Tracy created, wrote and directed Fonejacker, a prank call show, as part of Channel 4 Comedy Lab. After making the pilot together they were given a Christmas special and a six-part series which began airing in the UK on 5 July 2007 on E4 and lasted 6 episodes. They went on to make a second series which began airing on 17 September 2008 on E4, and started on Channel 4 on 6 November 2008. Kayvan Novak said that he was “not sure there will be a third series of Fonejacker” but despite this, several websites reported in October 2009 that a third series would air in May 2010. In November 2009, the third series was officially announced, with the news that it would be called “Fonejacker 3D” and feature Kayvan Novak portraying both old and new Fonejacker characters face-to-face in the public domain. Renamed Facejacker, the new show began airing on 16 April 2010. Fonejacker won the BAFTA award for the “Best Comedy Programme” in 2008. Novak plans to create a film based on the show's characters, and is currently in talks with Film4 and Hat Trick Productions.

Comedy Lab - Other appearances - Netflix

Kayvan Novak had two interviews under the cover of his characters on the night show of Kerrang Radio, and then for what was believed to be a UK first, spoke out of character about various things. On Saturday 6 September 2008 he also appeared on Sky Sports football show Soccer AM. On Monday 15 September 2008 he appeared on Kiss 100 radio station. On Thursday 13 November 2008 Kayvan Novak appeared on the Channel 4 show 8 out of 10 Cats. On Sunday 28 December 2008, Kayvan as the Fonejacker wearing his trademark balaclava provided on video the answer to a question, regarding Jeremy Clarkson publishing his bank account details in a newspaper, on the Channel 4 show The Big Fat Quiz of the Year. Kayvan rang into the Big Brother fanzone show (Big Brother's Little Brother) in 2007 portraying his character of Terry Tibbs In 2010, Fonejacker took part in Channel 4's Comedy Gala, a benefit show held in aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, filmed live at the O2 Arena in London on 30 March. On 6 May 2010, during Channel 4's Alternative Election Night, a series of Fonejacker clips were made for the show, mainly his Sajnu character phoning people on who they would like to vote for or trying to get them to vote for a party.

Comedy Lab - References - Netflix