The BEST Episodes of Live at the Apollo

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 22, 2020

Network: BBC Two

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.

Stephen K Amos, Jon Richardson, Micky Flanagan

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

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 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.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers: Jon Richardson, Micky Flanagan, Stephen K. Amos
Jack Dee & Omid Djalili

#2 - Jack Dee & Omid Djalili

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 4, 2004

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

star 9.87
30 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers: Jack Dee, Omid Djalili
Jack Dee & Dara O'Briain

#3 - Jack Dee & Dara O'Briain

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 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.

star 9.00
31 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers: Dara O'Briain, Jack Dee
Jack Dee & Keith Barret

#4 - Jack Dee & Keith Barret

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 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.

star 9.00
28 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers: Jack Dee, Rob Brydon
Jack Dee & Ross Noble

#5 - Jack Dee & Ross Noble

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 27, 2004

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

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers: Jack Dee, Ross Noble
Jimmy Carr & Alan Carr

#6 - Jimmy Carr & Alan Carr

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 19, 2007

Jimmy Carr hosts, with his special guest Alan Carr. In this show recorded in front of a packed house at the famous Hammersmith Apollo Jimmy and Alan point the finger at bullies, estate agents, phone sex lines and bread making machines.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers: Alan Carr, Jimmy Carr
Alistair McGowan, Kevin Bridges and Reginald D Hunter

#7 - Alistair McGowan, Kevin Bridges and Reginald D Hunter

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 1, 2010

Alistair McGowan introduces guest appearances from Scotland's young comedy prodigy Kevin Bridges and the acclaimed Reginald D Hunter.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers: Alistair McGowan, Kevin Bridges, Reginald D. Hunter
Eddie Izzard, Trevor Noah, Josh Widdicombe

#8 - Eddie Izzard, Trevor Noah, Josh Widdicombe

Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 22, 2013

star 8.19
32 votes
Sara Pascoe, Larry Dean, Gary Delaney

#9 - Sara Pascoe, Larry Dean, Gary Delaney

Season 13 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 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.

star 8.14
14 votes
Jack Dee & Ardal O'Hanlon

#10 - Jack Dee & Ardal O'Hanlon

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 13, 2004

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

star 8.13
31 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers: Ardal O'Hanlon, Jack Dee
Nish Kumar, Luisa Omielan, David O'Doherty

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

Season 13 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 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.

star 8.06
18 votes
Jack Dee

#12 - Jack Dee

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 11, 2004

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

star 8.00
31 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers: Jack Dee
Jack Dee & Lee Mack

#13 - Jack Dee & Lee Mack

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 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.

star 8.00
28 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers: Jack Dee, Lee Mack
Jack Dee

#14 - Jack Dee

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 26, 2005

Jack Dee's solo show of the series.

star 8.00
28 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers: Jack Dee
Jo Brand & Michael McIntyre

#15 - Jo Brand & Michael McIntyre

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 26, 2007

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

star 8.00
55 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers: Jo Brand, Michael McIntyre
Dara O'Briain, Nina Conti and Danny Bhoy

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

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 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.

star 8.00
16 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers: Danny Bhoy, Dara O'Briain, Nina Conti
Lee Mack, Rich Hall, Danny Bhoy

#17 - Lee Mack, Rich Hall, Danny Bhoy

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 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.

star 7.98
63 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers: Danny Bhoy, Lee Mack, Rich Hall
Sean Lock, Ed Byrne, Lee Nelson

#18 - Sean Lock, Ed Byrne, Lee Nelson

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 11, 2011

This episode from the world famous Hammersmith Apollo features Sean Lock as host. Special guests are the inimitable Ed Byrne and the well good Lee Nelson.

star 7.97
33 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers: Ed Byrne, Lee Nelson, Sean Lock
Rob Brydon, Sarah Millican and Jason Byrne

#19 - Rob Brydon, Sarah Millican and Jason Byrne

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 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.

star 7.95
65 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers: Jason Byrne, Rob Brydon, Sarah Millican
Dane Baptiste, Desiree Burch, Chris McCausland

#20 - Dane Baptiste, Desiree Burch, Chris McCausland

Season 13 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 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.

star 7.88
17 votes
Ed  Byrne, Angela Barnes, Geoff Norcott

#21 - Ed Byrne, Angela Barnes, Geoff Norcott

Season 13 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 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.

star 7.88
16 votes
Greg Davies, Hal Cruttenden and Simon Evans

#22 - Greg Davies, Hal Cruttenden and Simon Evans

Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 4, 2013

Greg Davies presents stand-up from the world-famous Hammersmith Apollo, introducing sets from Hal Cruttenden and Simon Evans.

star 7.82
11 votes
Micky Flanagan, Seann Walsh, Jason Byrne

#23 - Micky Flanagan, Seann Walsh, Jason Byrne

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 4, 2011

Micky Flanagan introduces one of comedy's rising stars, Seann Walsh; and Irish favourite Jason Byrne.

star 7.75
8 votes
Directors: Paul Wheeler
Writers: Jason Byrne, Micky Flanagan, Seann Walsh
Dara O Briain, Felicity Ward, Mo Gilligan

#24 - Dara O Briain, Felicity Ward, Mo Gilligan

Season 14 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 22, 2018

Stand-up comedy from the Hammersmith Apollo. Dara O Briain introduces the wonderful Australian comic Felicity Ward and the sensational Mo Gilligan to the stage.

star 7.69
16 votes
Henning Wehn, Lucy Porter, Guz Khan

#25 - Henning Wehn, Lucy Porter, Guz Khan

Season 13 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 31, 2017

This episode is hosted by the eccentric Henning Wehn as he introduces to the stage the delightful Lucy Porter and the hilarious Guz Khan.

star 7.65
17 votes