Jimmy Carr and Katherine Ryan are bringing their witty banter to Channel 4 for January’s Big Fat Quiz of everything—and will be joined by a star-studded lineup.
The hotly-anticipated special will also feature funnymen Rob Beckett and Nish Kumar, Strictly star Oti Mabuse, multi-talented Rob Brydon, and comedian extraordinaire Roisin Conaty.
Jimmy will host the evening of trivia and laughs, airing at 9pm on Thursday January 7.
The quiz special is set to air two weeks after the Big Fat Quiz of the Year, which drops on December 26 and stirred controversy for its lack of female comedians.
Roisin won the Best Newcomer Award in 2010 with her stand-up before popping up regularly on comedy classics including 8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown, Would I Lie to You and Hypothetical.
She is one of two female comedians on the panel, joining fellow stand-up comedian Katherine, whose Netflix series The Duchess was a hit with fans in September.
Why were people upset about Big Fat Quiz of the Year?
This year’s Boxing Day special was met with controversy when comedian and IT Crowd star Rachel Parris pointed out that while the cast featured two women, neither was a comedian.
But Rachel noticed the lack of female comedians on the popular annual television event, and took to Twitter to ask Channel 4 why some of the country’s funniest women weren’t featured.
In a since-deleted tweet she wrote: ‘I’d love to know who booked this and actually sit down and have a polite conversation with them to understand why they do this, what they think about women and how they got their job.’
She added: The practise of casting comedy shows with only male comedians plus other famous women who are not comedians is unbelievably infuriating. It’s a comedy show, @Channel4, do you not know any female comedians?
‘Absolutely nothing against Stacey and Maya, I think they’re great, and great at what they do, it’s just a really specific issue here; pro male comics and not any pro female comics and it happens very often. Sub in Millican, Pascoe and Philip Schofield.’
Her sentiments were echoed by fellow comedian Fern Brady, stand-up Angela Barnes and funnyman Ken Chang.
When contacted by Metro.co.uk, a spokesperson for the show said: ‘From the very outset, both The Big Fat Quiz of the Year and The Big Fat Quiz of Everything have featured a brilliant line up of male and female talent.’
The Big Fat Quiz of Everything airs on Channel 4 on January 7 at 9pm.
Credit: Original article published here.