The Island: Comedy game show release date on Dave, who are the contestants, and how does it work?


Tom Allen’s show sees comedians creatively planning their perfect dream, desert islands

Tom Allen hosts a new show about Dave

What is The Island about?

Comedian Tom Allen hosts a new comedy game show, The Island, which will air on Dave.

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The eight-part series was conceived by comedians Ed Gamble, James Acaster, Lloyd Langford and John Robins, who all serve as executive producers.

It will see four comedians come up with their ideas for their personal dream, a desert island. Participants will appear each week, as they develop and craft their plans for their island.

There will also be regular co-hosts who will act as reporters each week, to help test out any interesting ideas on offer.

Comedian, writer and producer Kemah Bob will take on the role of one of the co-hosts. She is known for her appearances on “Stand Up For Live Comedy” (BBC One), “Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club” (ITV) and “Don’t Hate The Playaz” (ITV).

Another co-host journalist working alongside Tom Allen will be comedian and actor, Jason Forbes, who is best known for his work on the CITV series ‘Horrible Science’ and ‘The Mash Report’ on BBC Two.

Who is the host Tom Allen?

Show host Tom Allen started stand-up comedy at the age of 22 and won both So You Think You’re Funny in Edinburgh and the BBC New Comedy Awards.

Since then he has appeared on a host of TV shows including TNT Show (Channel4), The Great British Bake off: An Extra Slice (BBCTwo) and even The Apprentice: You’re Fired! (BBCTwo).

Allen is no stranger to working closely with top stand-up artists in the country, and this show is no exception.

Who are the competitors?

The four regular contestants taking part in The Island are Sara Pascoe, Johnny Vegas, Ninia Benjamin and Ahir Shah.

Sara Pascoe is a comedian and actress from Essex, who burst onto the scene with Sara Pascoe against her ego at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010.

She quickly became a regular on TV shows such as 8 of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4), QI (BBC) and Taskmaster on the Dave Channel.

Johnny Vegas, is an actor, writer and comedian who has successfully made people laugh for over 25 years.

Vegas gained a wider following in the early 2000s when he became a regular on the panel, Shooting Stars.

He then appeared in the ITV comedy sitcom benidormfollowed by appearances on various other panel shows, such as 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4) and QI (BBC).

Johnny Vegas

Ninia Benjamin is an actress and stand-up comedian, who starred in the BBC3 comedy show, 3-Non-Blondes.

She also attended the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and provided the voice-overs for several characters on the BBC children’s program Tinga Tinga Tales.

Ahir Shah is a comedian known for his sharp and intelligent wit. He has been nominated for several awards and has many live shows to his name. Besides that, he also makes regular appearances on comedy shows, such as The Mash Report and Have I Got News For You.

When does The Island start on TV?

Season 1, Episode 1 of The Island begins March 23 on the Dave Channel at 10 p.m.

It will then continue its run every Wednesday for the next seven weeks.

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