Producer/Presenter/Editor (Jan-Mar 2019 and Nov 2013-Feb 2014): 10 x 30’ weekly comedy news panel show, with Firebrand Productions, edited on Hindenburg for Newstalk FM, Dublin, tx Jan-Mar 2019 and Dec 2013-Feb-2014
You Couldn’t Make It Up is a unique comedy news panel show format.
In each show two teams of comedians are let loose on all the week’s news, whether major or minor, serious or less so, to analyse, debate and/or ridicule it as they see fit.
For the last act both teams are assigned characters, quotes and scenarios plucked from the opening rounds which they then had to incorporate into a pair of irreverent sketches to perform as the climax to the show.
Series 2’s 10-week run on Newstalk was recorded in front of a live audience on Thursday evenings in January-March 2019 in Tramline in Dublin city centre. Free tickets were available via the show’s Eventbrite page.
Series 1 between December 2013 and February 2014 was recorded in DCU’s Helix Theatre.
More You Couldn’t Make It Up pictures can be found on the show’s Facebook page.
You Couldn’t Make it Up started life as What’s The Story?, a one-off broadcast-pilot comedy news panel show we made for RTÉ Radio 1 that went out in January 2102, having piloted it extensively off-air throughout 2011.
Radio 1 eventually passed on the format and it was subsequently picked up by Newstalk as You Couldn’t Make It Up.
For more, see:
You Couldn’t Make It Up: Its Long and Winding Road – Off Message 55 – the intriguingly stubborn story of how it took five long years to get a second series of You Couldn’t Make It Up back on air.
It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Off Message 16 – The festive season is a particularly weird period in TV and radio land. You Couldn’t Make It Up in December 2013 was no exception.