24 Nov 2016
British comedy legend Jimmy Carr returns to host classic couples gameshow
Comedy Central UK has commissioned Talkback to produce two new series of successful noughties gameshow, Your Face or Mine, the cult-classic, couples-based comedy format in which your face can win you cash.
One of the country’s best-loved comedians, Jimmy Carr, who presented the original version of Your Face or Mine on E4 and Channel 4 from 2002, is confirmed to return as host of the Comedy Central series.
The 22 x 30-minute show has been commissioned by Louise Holmes, VP of Programming, Comedy Central UK and will be Executive Produced by Leon Wilson and Ed Sleeman for Talkback. The series will be shot in front of a live audience in early 2017.
Over a series of revelation-filled rounds, couples are forced to compare their looks with other people’s – and ultimately with each other’s – in this relationship-testing game. The series is slated to air in spring 2017.
Jill Offman, Managing Director, Comedy Central UK added:“Your Face or Mine is a great lens through which to take a not-so-serious look at our image-obsessed culture in the age of Tinder and non-stop selfies. We’re delighted Jimmy has agreed to hook up with Comedy Central; we know our audience will ‘super-like’ his return with this classic gameshow format.”
Jimmy Carr commented:"I’m delighted to be bringing back Your Face or Mine to Comedy Central. In an age when people are forever judging individuals on how they look, placing attractiveness on a pedestal above intelligence, and forcing others to fit societal norms of beauty, why not make them do all of those things, to their loved ones, on national television and for money?”
Leon Wilson, Managing Director, Talkback said: “We’re bringing this hugely popular and much loved gameshow bang up-to-date for the Tinder generation! It’s a devilish format perfectly suited to today’s swipe–right, swipe-left society, and we’re delighted that Jimmy will be guiding us through it.”
The commission of Your Face or Mine is part of a broader push by Comedy Central to diversify its British comedy offering and increase the volume of non-scripted comedy it broadcasts. Original commissions that have aired on Comedy Central UK in 2016 include a second series of Drunk History (Tiger Aspect), Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central and Russell Howard and Mum: USA Road Trip (both Avalon Television). Most recently, Comedy Central announced that it has commissioned Avalon Television to produce The Chris Ramsey Show which is set to broadcast in early 2017.