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Publisher's Summary

John Humphrys hosts the quick-fire comedy show featuring 28 acts performing for one minute each.

28 Acts in 28 Minutes is a traditional variety show with a difference: the performers have just 60 seconds in which to entertain a live audience. Making the most of their minutes are a plethora of top-class talents, including Adam Buxton, Jason Manford, Nicholas Parsons, Sarah Millican, Richard Herring, Miles Jupp, Frankie Boyle, Isy Suttie, Tim Key, John Bishop, Tim Minchin, Jason Byrne, Stephen K Amos, Shappi Khorsandi, Stewart Lee, Marcus Brigstocke, Phil Cornwell and John Finnemore.

Featuring a mix of award-winning comedians and newcomers to the scene, there's something for everyone, from stand-up to sketches, satire, songs and poems - with a few surprises thrown in. And if you don't like any of the acts, well...another will be along in about 55 seconds.

Presiding over this comedy maelstrom is John Humphrys (the fierce one from the Today programme), who sits at the side of the stage with a stopwatch, ready to cut the microphone when the time is up.

So hurry up and get ready for the fastest show on air, delivered with a frenetic urgency that makes for a truly unique experience.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 21st June-5th July 2006 (Series 1), 25th August 2006 (Edinburgh Festival Special), 20th December 2007-3rd January 2008, 27th March 2008 (Series 2).

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"Hilarious...great fun." (Elisabeth Mahoney, The Guardian

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  • 04-15-21


This is poor comedy. I have not laughed once yet - admittedly I am only 1 hour in. Is this really a John Humphrys’ anthology? I am disappointed. I know he is the narrator, but does he really find this material funny?