The BEST episodes of Live at the Apollo

Every episode of Live at the Apollo ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Live at the Apollo!

At the forefront of its genre, the roll-call of stand-ups who have performed in front of the famous Live At The Apollo lights plays out like a who's who of comedic royalty. Each episode sees a national (and sometimes international) stand-up both compering and performing, before introducing two of the best established and up-coming stand-ups to the stage.

Last Updated: 6/28/2024Network: BBC TwoStatus: Continuing
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Jack Dee & Julian Clary
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10.00
1 votes

#1 - Jack Dee & Julian Clary

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/17/2005

Joining Jack on stage is Julian Clary, who whips the audience into a frenzy with a set where no one is safe from his wit. Jack delivers a set lambasting cold calling for gas, phone and electricity, and he also lays into chemists, mobile phones and even vacuum cleaners.

Directors: Paul Wheeler
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Jack Dee & Omid Djalili
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9.86
29 votes

#2 - Jack Dee & Omid Djalili

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/4/2004

Jack Dee performs live at the Apollo in Hammersmith, joined by Omid Djalili and a celebrity-packed audience.

Directors: Paul Wheeler
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9.00
1 votes

#3 - Tez Ilyas, Spring Day & Ignacio Lope

Season 17 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/10/2023

Tez Ilyas introduces comedians Spring Day and Ignacio Lopez to the stage.

Jack Dee & Keith Barret
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8.90
29 votes

#4 - Jack Dee & Keith Barret

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/3/2005

Jack's guest is Wales's most famous divorcee, Keith Barret. Keith's inept attempt to give a lecture about relationships has the audience in stitches, as he stumbles through a disastrous slide show. Jack's own set takes in rough council estates, service stations, the SAS and decking out his house with freebies from hotels.

Directors: Paul Wheeler
Jack Dee & Dara O'Briain
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8.87
31 votes

#5 - Jack Dee & Dara O'Briain

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/19/2005

Jack is joined by Irish comic Dara O'Briain, whose set includes advice on how to put know-all doctors in their place, reveals and includes an improvisation of a koala being a phone sex operator. Jack sets his sights on Ellen MacArthur, the Olympics and on audience members including Tracey Emin and Jayne Middlemiss.

Directors: Paul Wheeler
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Sara Pascoe, Larry Dean, Gary Delaney
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8.76
17 votes

#6 - Sara Pascoe, Larry Dean, Gary Delaney

Season 13 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/30/2017

This episode of the award-winning Live at the Apollo is hosted by the awesome Sara Pascoe as she introduces rising comedy star Larry Dean and master of the one-liner Gary Delaney to the stage.

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Ed Gamble, Tom Davis & Judi Love
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8.67
6 votes

#7 - Ed Gamble, Tom Davis & Judi Love

Season 17 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/6/2023

The brilliant Ed Gamble introduces comedians Tom Davis and Judi Love to the stage.

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Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Catherine Bohart & Babatunde Aléshé
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8.67
3 votes

#8 - Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Catherine Bohart & Babatunde Aléshé

Season 17 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/20/2023

The inimitable Kiri Pritchard-McLean introduces comedians Catherine Bohart and Babatunde Aléshé to the stage.

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8.67
3 votes

#9 - Suzi Ruffell, Alfie Brown & Sikisa Bostwick-Barnes

Season 17 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/3/2023

Presented by the magnificent Suzi Ruffell, who welcomes comedians Alfie Brown and Sikisa Bostwick-Barnes to the stage.

Stephen K Amos, Jon Richardson, Micky Flanagan
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8.50
2 votes

#10 - Stephen K Amos, Jon Richardson, Micky Flanagan

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/28/2010

Stephen K Amos presents an evening of stand-up comedy in front of a 3,500-strong audience at the Hammersmith Apollo, with special guest appearances from the brilliant Jon Richardson and London's very own Micky Flanagan.

Directors: Paul Wheeler
Rich Hall, Mark Watson, Andrew Maxwell
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8.50
4 votes

#11 - Rich Hall, Mark Watson, Andrew Maxwell

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/9/2011

Rich Hall guest-hosts the stand-up show recorded at London's Hammersmith Apollo, inviting comedians to share their light-hearted views on modern life. Tonight he introduces routines by Mark Watson and Andrew Maxwell.

Directors: Paul Wheeler
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Jack Dee & Ardal O'Hanlon
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8.00
29 votes

#12 - Jack Dee & Ardal O'Hanlon

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/13/2004

Jack Dee performs live at the Apollo in Hammersmith, joined by Ardal O'Hanlon and a celebrity-packed audience.

Directors: Paul Wheeler
Jack Dee
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8.00
28 votes

#13 - Jack Dee

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/26/2005

Jack Dee's solo show of the series.

Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writer: Jack Dee
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Jo Brand & Michael McIntyre
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8.00
55 votes

#14 - Jo Brand & Michael McIntyre

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/26/2007

Comedian Jo Brand hosts special guest Michael McIntyre. In the firing line are Simon Cowell, Labiaplasties, football referees and flaming terrorists.

Directors: Paul Wheeler
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Kae Kurd, Laura Smyth & Liam Farrelly
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8.00
2 votes

#15 - Kae Kurd, Laura Smyth & Liam Farrelly

Season 17 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/13/2023

The magnificent Kae Kurd introduces comedians Laura Smyth and Liam Farrelly to the stage.

star
8.00
3 votes

#16 - Lou Sanders, Celya AB & Neil Delamere

Season 18 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/21/2023

The magnificent Lou Sanders introduces comedians Celya AB and Neil Delamere to the stage.

Eddie Izzard, Trevor Noah, Josh Widdicombe
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7.94
32 votes

#17 - Eddie Izzard, Trevor Noah, Josh Widdicombe

Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/22/2013

Lee Mack, Rich Hall, Danny Bhoy
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7.94
63 votes

#18 - Lee Mack, Rich Hall, Danny Bhoy

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired 12/2/2010

Lee Mack, comedian and star of BBC One sitcom Not Going Out, presents sets from American comic Rich Hall and Scotland's very own Danny Bhoy.

Directors: Paul Wheeler
Jack Dee
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7.93
30 votes

#19 - Jack Dee

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/11/2004

Jack Dee performs a full set live at the Apollo in Hammersmith, to an audience packed with celebrities.

Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writer: Jack Dee
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Rob Brydon, Sarah Millican and Jason Byrne
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7.92
65 votes

#20 - Rob Brydon, Sarah Millican and Jason Byrne

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 12/12/2009

Stand-up comedy from the world-famous Hammersmith Apollo. BAFTA-nominated actor and comedian from the Valleys Rob Brydon hosts. His special guests are funny lady Sarah Millican and Ireland's Jason Byrne.

Directors: Paul Wheeler
Jack Dee & Lee Mack
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7.90
30 votes

#21 - Jack Dee & Lee Mack

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/12/2005

Joining Jack on stage tonight is one of the UK's hottest stand-ups, star of The Sketch Show, Lee Mack. Guest stars include the cast of Footballers Wives, Michael Buerk, Quentin Wilson and Spice Girl Melanie C, and members of the public get the chance to text Jack with jokes, comments and abuse.

Directors: Paul Wheeler
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Dane Baptiste, Desiree Burch, Chris McCausland
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7.89
19 votes

#22 - Dane Baptiste, Desiree Burch, Chris McCausland

Season 13 - Episode 5 - Aired 1/4/2018

This episode is hosted by the fantastic Dane Baptiste as he introduces New York-born comic Desiree Burch and Liverpool funnyman Chris McCausland to the stage.

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Dara O'Briain, Nina Conti and Danny Bhoy
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7.86
14 votes

#23 - Dara O'Briain, Nina Conti and Danny Bhoy

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/17/2012

This opening episode from the world-famous Hammersmith Apollo features the brilliant Dara O Briain as host. Dara introduces ventriloquist extraordinaire Nina Conti and the irrepressible Danny Bhoy to the stage.

Directors: Paul Wheeler
Nish Kumar, Luisa Omielan, David O'Doherty
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7.86
21 votes

#24 - Nish Kumar, Luisa Omielan, David O'Doherty

Season 13 - Episode 2 - Aired 12/7/2017

The talented Nish Kumar is your host for this episode of the award-winning Live at the Apollo as he introduces Luisa Omielan and David O'Doherty to the famous Apollo stage.

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Ed  Byrne, Angela Barnes, Geoff Norcott
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7.83
18 votes

#25 - Ed Byrne, Angela Barnes, Geoff Norcott

Season 13 - Episode 6 - Aired 1/11/2018

Irish comedy star Ed Byrne hosts this episode, introducing the fantastic Angela Barnes and the wonderful Geoff Norcott to the world-famous Apollo stage.

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