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Comedy Central’s cult stand-up series, The Alternative Comedy Experience, is returning this July with 13 brand new episodes, featuring a host of fresh and established acts from the ever popular stand up circuit, curated once again by Stewart Lee.

The Alternative Comedy Experience takes an entirely original look at the celebrated, grass-roots stand-up scene, going both in front of and behind the curtain to see performances from some of the best cult comedy acts around, unlike any other live stand-up show on our screens.

“I am delighted that Comedy Central have had the vision to bring back the connoisseurs’ stand-up comedy show of choice.” – Stewart Lee

The range of comedy talent appearing in the second series reflects an ever-changing scene, including a significant number of female comedians, making up almost half the bill, making it one of the most female friendly stand-up shows ever made. Returning for series two are favourites Bridget Christie, Tony Law, Isy Suttie, David Kay, Simon Munnery, Maeve Higgins, Josie Long, David O Doherty, Paul Foot and Henning Wehn and many others alongside new names such as Kevin Eldon, Michael Legge, Helen Arney, Ginger & Black, Nish Kumar, Helen Keen, Liam Mullone, Grainne MaGuire, Susan Calman and John Hegley.

Once again the acts are curated by the inimitable comedian Stewart Lee and Comedy Central. Together they have selected an array of diverse, interesting and innovative comedians to create a fast-moving, distinctive show, guaranteed to be unpredictable, original and hilarious in equal measure. A mix of award-winning acts share the stage alongside a buffet of breakthrough talent, some of whom are making their first ever appearance on a TV stand up show.

Filmed at Edinburgh’s iconic The Stand Comedy Club in front of a live audience of paying punters, The Alternative Comedy Experience follows the same popular format as the original season, which sees short clips of each act stripped across the series.

Stewart Lee chats to the acts backstage to add context and uncover the inspiration behind their unique stand-up acts, interspersed with clips of their specially filmed live performances.

The Alternative Comedy Experience returns to Comedy Central in mid July.

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