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Encyclopedia > The 11 O'Clock Show

The 11 O'Clock Show was a satirical late-night UK television comedy program on Channel 4, which featured topical sketches and commentary on news items. It ran for a number of years in the late 1990s, most notably while hosted by Iain Lee and Daisy Donovan. The program is perhaps most famous for launching the careers of Ricky Gervais (The Office) and Sacha Baron Cohen (Ali G, Borat). Satire is a literary technique of writing or art which principally ridicules its subject (individuals, organizations, states) often as an intended means of provoking or preventing change. ... Television comedy had a presence from the earliest days of broadcasting. ... Channel 4 is a public-service television broadcaster in the United Kingdom (see British television). ... Germans dancing on the Berlin Wall in late 1989, the symbol of the cold war divide falls down as the world unites in the 1990s. ... Iain Lee promotional photograph Iain Lee (born 9 June 1973) is an English comedian, radio and television presenter. ... Daisy Donovan is a British presenter and actress. ... Ricky Dene Gervais (pronounced IPA: ), born June 25, 1961, is an Emmy, Golden Globe and three-time BAFTA winning English comic writer and performer from Reading, Berkshire, England. ... The Office is a British television comedy series, created, written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, and first aired in the UK on BBC Two on July 9, 2001. ... Sacha Noam Baron Cohen[1] (born October 13, 1971) is an English comedian and actor notable for his successful and controversial comic characters, including Ali G (a journalist from West Staines, England), Borat (a Kazakh reporter) and Bruno (a flamboyantly gay Austrian fashion reporter). ... Ali G, delivering the Class Day speech to the Harvard class of 2004. ... Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat Borat Sagdiyev (Cyrillic: Борат Сагдиев) is a fictional character of a Kazakh journalist invented and portrayed by the British comedian provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen for Da Ali G Show, an unstaged and unscripted show in which Borat interviews people who believe that he is a real Kazakh...


Hosts and Presenters

The 11 O'Clock Show underwent a number of line-up changes during its run. There are numerous cases of external segment reporters becoming studio hosts, and vice versa. Notable presenters/cast members included:

Iain Lee promotional photograph Iain Lee (born 9 June 1973) is an English comedian, radio and television presenter. ... Daisy Donovan is a British presenter and actress. ... Mackenzie Crook (born September 29, 1971) is an English actor best known for playing Gareth Keenan in The Office. ... Sacha Noam Baron Cohen[1] (born October 13, 1971) is an English comedian and actor notable for his successful and controversial comic characters, including Ali G (a journalist from West Staines, England), Borat (a Kazakh reporter) and Bruno (a flamboyantly gay Austrian fashion reporter). ... Ricky Dene Gervais (pronounced IPA: ), born June 25, 1961, is an Emmy, Golden Globe and three-time BAFTA winning English comic writer and performer from Reading, Berkshire, England. ... Sarah Alexander, as Dr. Angela Hunter in Green Wing. ... Rich Hall (born 1954 in Waxhaw, North Carolina) is an American comedian and writer. ... Will Smith (born 1971 Jersey) is a British comedian and comedy writer. ... Tommy Vance, born Richard Anthony Crispian Francis Prew Hope-Weston (July 11, 1941 – March 6, 2005) was a British pop radio broadcaster, born in Eynsham, Oxfordshire. ... Ricky Grover is a British actor. ... James Anthony Patrick Jimmy Carr (born September 15, 1972) is an Irish comedian known for his dry, satirical humour. ...

Greater Success

The 11 O'Clock Show introduced a number of performers who have gone on to much greater success.


 
 

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