issing live comedy? Of course there’s nothing that can replicate the feeling of sitting in a small, sweaty room, weak with laughing, among people who feel the same (damn that Covid-19, no sense of humour) - but a small glimmer of light has appeared. Today Soho Theatre, one of the UK’s best-respected comedy venues with a history of nurturing major talents at the start of their careers, has announced a three-series deal with Amazon Prime Video.
Starting on 3 December, series one will feature 11 existing shows from the last five years, from Soho Theatre’s on-demand digital platform, including Shappi Khorsandi: Live in Soho, Dane Baptiste’s D.A.N.E: Discussions About Nothing and Everything, Jen Brister: Meaningless, Nish Kumar: Ruminations on the Nature of Subjectivity, Panti Bliss: High Heels in Low Places and more. 20 new shows to be announced will be filmed for series’ two and three in 2021.
Amazon already carries a huge number of standup sets, by comedians from Joe Lycett to Romesh Ranganathan, Sarah Millican to Stewart Lee, but this is the first time it has partnered with a smaller scale UK venue on a deal like this. It’s not the first time it has dabbled in theatre though. Prime Video previously worked with Soho Theatre back in April to bring the critically acclaimed filmed original production of Fleabag to screens, to raise funds for several UK based charities combatting the pandemic and supporting those affected by it. The company also donated £500,000 to the Theatre Community Fund, established by Olivia Colman, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Francesca Moody to provide hardship grants to theatre workers and freelancers across the UK.
Mark Godfrey, Executive Director, and David Luff, Creative Director at Soho Theatre said: “We’re thrilled to sign this three-series deal with Amazon Prime Video. It’s part of our commitment to connect the work of the brilliant performers on our Soho stages to much wider audiences."