Circus tent folds on ABC Sideshow
The Saturday evening comedy show, a revival of The Big Gig, has languished in its two Saturday timeslots of 7:30pm and 9:30pm. It dropped from 615,000 to about 410,000 viewers with the timeslot change. But at 7:30pm the show’s comic edge was hamstrung by classification limitations.
The show is hosted by comedian Paul McDermott produced by GNW TV which had formerly produced The Glass House and Good News Week.
Co-host Claire Hooper commented on the show’s demise saying, “I think it’s just been amazing for the industry for up and coming comics (and) circus and burlesque acts to get their stuff on TV.”
It’s unfortunate the show didn’t get an outing on the ABC’s Wednesday comedy centrepiece.
“We tried two slots for it and the audience wasn’t there. It’s had a good year (but) for next year we’re not having The Sideshow,” said an ABC spokesperson.
The final ep airs December 1.
Source: The Age.