Roast Battle

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Roast Battle
Roast Battle.jpg
Promotional image for the show
Genre Comedy
Satire
Stand-up
Created byBrian Moses
Jeff Ross
Written byAiden Spackman
Christine Rose
Dan Swimer
Dominic English
Geoff Norcott
James Farmer
Jesse Joyce
Directed byLiz Clare
Presented by Jimmy Carr
Starring Katherine Ryan
Russell Brand (series 1)
Jonathan Ross (series 2–3)
Brian Moses
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes22
Production
Executive producersBrian Moses
Emma Clarke
Gabe Turner
Jeff Ross
Jill Offman
Jimmy Carr
Louise Holmes
Suzi Aplin
ProducerMia Cross
EditorsAndy Kinnear
Jason Boxall
Philip Lepherd
Release
Original network Comedy Central
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release15 January 2018 (2018-01-15) 
present
Chronology
Related shows Comedy Central Roasts
Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle
External links
Website

Roast Battle is a British roast comedy show that is broadcast on Comedy Central. [1] The show is hosted by Jimmy Carr and features comedians facing each other in roast battles. [1]

Contents

The show was created by American comedians Jeff Ross and Brian Moses and is based on their Comedy Central series Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle on which Carr has appeared as a contestant. [2]

Concept, format and production

Roast Battle is based on Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle , an American television series created by comedians Jeff Ross and Brian Moses that first aired on Comedy Central in 2016. [2] [3] The American series is based on a live show created by Moses and fellow comedian Rell Battle that runs at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles in the comedy club's Belly Room. [2] [3] Jimmy Carr participated as a contestant in Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle's first season. [1] [2]

Roast Battle premiered on Comedy Central in the UK and Ireland in 2018. [1] The show is hosted by Carr and Moses acts as the announcer and the referee of each battle. [1] The winner of each battle is determined by a panel of judges, including Carr. [1] [4] In the series' first season Katherine Ryan and Russell Brand served as judges. [1] The second and third seasons featured Ryan and Jonathan Ross on the judges panel. [5] [6] The fourth season's judges panel featured Ryan alongside a different guest judge each episode. [4] [6] These guest judges included Richard Ayoade, Big Narstie, Sara Pascoe, Noel Fielding and Joe Lycett. [4] [6]

The show is recorded at the Electric Brixton nightclub in London and is co-produced by James Corden’s production company Fulwell 73 and Carr's production company Ideasatron. [4] [7]

Reception

Roast Battle became Comedy Central's highest-rated UK commission. [4] [8] [9]

In December 2018, a complaint was upheld by Ofcom after a trailer for the programme featured an anti-Semitic joke delivered by Jimmy Carr towards Tom Rosenthal, the latter of whom is of Jewish descent. [10]

Transmissions

SeriesJudgesStart dateEnd dateEpisodes
1Jimmy Carr
Katherine Ryan
Russell Brand
15 January 201819 January 20186
2Jimmy Carr
Katherine Ryan
Jonathan Ross
1 October 20185 October 20185
SpecialJimmy Carr
Katherine Ryan
Jonathan Ross
10 December 20181
3Jimmy Carr
Katherine Ryan
Jonathan Ross
14 January 201918 January 20195
4Jimmy Carr
Katherine Ryan
Guest judges
20 January 202017 February 20205

Episodes

The winner of each roast battle is in bold.

Series 1

EpisodeFirst broadcastBattle 1Battle 2
1x0115 January 2018 Tom Allen vs Suzi Ruffell Phil Wang vs Ed Gamble
1x0216 January 2018 Daniel Sloss vs Desiree Burch Joe Lycett vs Nick Helm
1x0317 January 2018 Bobby Mair vs Harriet Kemsley Dane Baptiste vs Tez Ilyas
1x0418 January 2018 Sofie Hagen vs Larry Dean Alex Brooker vs Matt Forde
1x0519 January 2018 Joel Dommett vs Iain Stirling Fin Taylor vs Paul Chowdhry
1x0619 January 2018 Jayde Adams vs Alex Edelman Mark Steel vs Elliot Steel

Series 2

EpisodeFirst broadcastBattle 1Battle 2
2x011 October 2018 Fern Brady vs Ivo Graham Chris Ramsey vs Tom Rosenthal
2x022 October 2018Alfie Brown vs Jessie Cave Daniel Sloss vs Phil Wang
2x033 October 2018 Catherine Bohart vs Sarah Keyworth Andrew Maxwell vs Mark Watson
2x044 October 2018Stephen Bailey vs Darren Harriott Matt Richardson vs Angela Barnes
2x055 October 2018 Naz Osmanoglu vs Rose Matafeo Alex Brooker vs Rosie Jones

Specials

EpisodeFirst broadcastBattle 1Battle 2Play-offFinal
Christmas special10 December 2018Bobby Mair vs Ed GambleSuzi Ruffell vs Desiree BirchBobby Mair vs Desiree BirchSuzi Ruffell vs Ed Gamble

Series 3

EpisodeFirst broadcastBattle 1Battle 2
3x0114 January 2019Tom Ward vs Darren HarriottTom Allen vs Larry Dean
3x0215 January 2019 Kiri Pritchard-McLean vs Brennan ReeceAlex Edelman vs Joel Dommett
3x0316 January 2019 Tom Houghton vs Lauren Pattison Simon Brodkin vs Dane Baptiste
3x0417 January 2019 Nigel Ng vs Tom Lucy Johnny Vegas vs Phil Ellis
3x0518 January 2019 Rhys James vs Lloyd Griffith Rhys Nicholson vs Felicity Ward

Series 4

EpisodeFirst broadcastGuest judgeBattle 1Battle 2
4x0120 January 2020 Noel Fielding Laura Lexx vs Tom LivingstoneBaga Chipz & The Vivienne vs Glamrou & Crystal
4x0227 January 2020 Big Narstie Joe Sutherland vs Sophie Duker Jamie Laing vs Ivo Graham
4x033 February 2020 Richard Ayoade Ed Night vs Huge Davies Richard Herring vs Sara Barron
4x0410 February 2020 Joe Lycett Adam Rowe vs Maisie Adam Fern Brady vs Phil Wang
4x0517 February 2020 Sara Pascoe Dane Baptiste vs Jordan Stephens Lou Sanders vs Luke McQueen

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