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Joel Dommett to host Dave's Comedy Against Living Miserably with line up including John Robins, Judi Love and Kiri Pritchard-McLean

21/01/2020

Tuesday 21st January 2020 UKTVs award-winning comedy entertainment channel, Dave today announced Joel Dommett as the host of the second episode of Comedy Against Living Miserably, he will be joined by John Robins, Judi Love and Kiri Pritchard-McLean who complete the full line-up. Comedy Against Living Miserably is a series of filmed stand-up specials produced by Spirit Media to raise awareness for mental health charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), with the second of the stand-up specials to be filmed in front of a live audience at EartH (Theatre) Hackney on Sunday 16th February 2020 with doors opening to the public at 7pm. Tickets to the event are free of charge and available here on this LINK HERE.

The three-part series of stand-up comedy specials will star some of the nations biggest names in comedy and will air on Dave later this year. Each episode will be hosted by a headline act and will feature three leading comedians, all of which are donating their fee to CALM which will be matched by UKTV. Episode one features headliner Nish Kumar, Suzi Ruffell, Seann Walsh and Darren Harriott and will air on Dave in March 2020. Further announcements about the line-up for the last episode will be made in the coming weeks.

Comedy Against Living Miserably is the latest initiative in Daves partnership with CALM since the Be the Mate Youd Want campaign launched in 2018, with an ad break takeover where airtime was given to encourage viewers to spend that time texting or calling a mate. The series aims to get the comedy community to join in and help foster a more positive and open culture when it comes to mental health.

Tickets for the stand-up special on Sunday 16th February are free and can be found on the LINK HERE. There will be the opportunity for audiences to donate to CALM on the night.

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Notes to Editors:

All comedy talent have waived their fee, which UKTV will donate to CALM. Dates and names will be announced in due course.

For more information, please contact:

Ben Duncan, Publicist, UKTV

Ali Laurie, Network Communications Executive, UKTV

About Dave

Freeview 19, Sky 111, Virgin 127, YouView 19, Freesat 157, BT & TalkTalk 19 On demand on UKTVPlay Ever since it was knee high to a TV remote, Dave had an idea. It wanted to be the first place viewers would come for brand-new, award-winning entertainment from the biggest and brightest stars and production companies in the UK. And in the years since, it has launched some of the most exciting and best-loved titles on TV.

There are names Hypothetical, Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier and Comedians Giving Lectures. And of course theres Dave Gorman, whose inquisitive mind is returning to the channel for Terms and Conditions Apply. Its not just in front of the camera where the comic genius lies either, with a wealth of scripted treasure such as Sliced, Porters and the globally popular Red Dwarf.

Daves not content just to make you laugh and share gags with your mates though. Expedition with Steve Backshall and Hurricane Man are showing you regions and aspects of the earth never before seen on TV. Red Bull Soapbox continues to delight with its boundless capacity for invention. And stepping away from the TV entirely, Daves partnered with CALM to launch the Be The Mate Youd Want campaign and the Conversations Against Living Miserably podcast.

Reaching 20million viewers a month, Daves come a long way, but its only just getting warmed up.

dave.uktv.co.uk / @davechannel

About UKTV

UKTV has been at the forefront of branded television for over 25 years, entertaining the nation with programmes they love. Its leading brands - Dave, Gold, W, Drama, Alibi, Eden and Yesterday - span comedy, entertainment, natural history, factual and drama, and are delivered to audiences through UKTV Play, Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView, Freesat and Amazon Fire. The broadcaster is a significant investor in British creativity and is committed to working with new and established writers, directors and programme-makers.

UKTV is part of BBC Studios, the UKs most-awarded production company, a world-class distributor with international branded services, and a commercial subsidiary of the worlds leading public service broadcaster, the BBC.

corporate.uktv.co.uk | press.uktv.co.uk | @uktvpress.

About CALM

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. In 2016, 76% of all suicides in the UK were male (ONS). Only 55% of men whove experienced depression will tell anyone about it, compared to 67% of women (CALMs Masculinity Audit 2016). CALMs free, confidential and anonymous helpline & webchat are open every day, 5pm-midnight: thecalmzone.net/get-help

thecalmzone.net twitter.com/thecalmzone facebook.com/thecalmzone Instagram.com/calmzone

About Spirit Media

Spirit develops and produces award winning content for broadcasters, brands and digital platforms.

Founded by ex-Endemol execs Peter Cowley and Matt Campion, Spirits work is based around the point where science meets creative. With both broadcast and digital in their DNA, Spirit is at the forefront of innovation as audience behaviours evolve.

Using in-depth data analysis and understanding of how audiences interact on different platforms, Spirit consistently creates engaging and entertaining content. Spirit have created original programmes for broadcast channels including the BBC (SHAMED: You Are What You Tweet), Channel 4 (Trigger Happy) and ITV (The Stand Up Sketch Show - currently in production on series 2); branded content for industry leaders like Samsung, BOSE and The National Lottery; the successful comedy podcasts Private Parts with Jamie Laing & Francis Boulle and Teenage Mixtape with Joel Dommett & Steve Dunne; digital channels including the pioneering YouTube channel,
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