A notably slimmer Jason Manford hosted Parkinson’s Presents Symfunny No2 at London’s The Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday night and interspersed the music, comedy and quiz acts with his common-sense but utterly hilarious humour.
Channel 4’s recipe for Great British Bake Off success is still missing a couple of vital ingredients in the form of replacement hosts for Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, who originally fronted the show on BBC One. The broadcaster, who acquired the rights to the show from Love Productions for £75m in September, have reportedly been struggling to secure new presenters after the comedic duo walked away from the series last year.
Instead they were whisked out to the other side of the world, to Hills’ native Australia. Obviously there has to be some kind of point to this journey, otherwise we’re just watching three blokes lark about in Australia (cough). Meeting some toothless locals in a bar was a highlight as the boys awkwardly made friends with biker gang “The Heretics”- school bullies clad in leather, heavy drinking, and bearded. “Australia’s answer to Roy Chubby Brown” was wheeled out to provide some laughs, as fellow stand-up Josh watched on looking horrified (it’s a far cry from gags about Pret a Manger).