Comedian and BBC Radio Kent presenter Steve N Allen will appear in new BBC Two comedy The Mash Report
PUBLISHED: 09:30 14 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:30 14 July 2017
The comedian currently lives in Gravesend
Listeners to BBC Radio Kent will be able to put a face to name next week when Steve N Allen appears in satirical news show The Mash Report.
Starting on Thursday, July 20, the show, written by satirical website The Daily Mash, was commissioned by the BBC in March for 10 half-hour long episodes.
It will combine host Nish Kumar with roving reporters and a newsdesk team, all delivering their own brand of comedy lampooning the week’s events.
A piece capturing the woes of a middle-class family who travelled on board a Megabus has already been doing the rounds on Twitter, inspired by The Daily Mash article on the same topic written three years ago.
The Gravesend comedian will be sat behind the newsdesk offering his own take on the week’s news for the show, which is filmed before a live audience the night before it is broadcast.
“The idea is to keep it as topical as possible,” said Mr Allen.
“It’s quite an original concept which works great for our times as there’s so much going on in the world at the moment.
“When we filmed the pilot it was in front of around 300 people, they gave us Graham Norton’s studio which I think is one of the biggest they can offer, and it went down really well.
“I was picked up for the show after I performed some topical comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe, which really shows the benefits performing there can bring.”
Mr Allen, who has become a familiar voice on both Radio Kent and Time FM, said he was “nervous and excited” to appear on television.
“Normally I hate watching myself back on things, but where it’s all recorded live and aired the next day, I need to see what I need to do for the next week.
“I don’t mind hearing myself back on the radio, but I don’t even like seeing myself on CCTV cameras in the shop, I’ll just have to stomach myself and watch the first episode.”
The Mash Report airs for four weeks starting on Thursday, July 20 at 10pm and is then set to return in the winter.