‘Late Night Mash’ Returns To Dave With Rachel Parris As Host

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20 May 22

‘Late Night Mash’ Returns To Dave With Rachel Parris As Host

Satirical topical comedy series Late Night Mash is set to return for a 2nd Season on Dave later this year with Rachel Parris taking over as host it has been announced.

‘Late Night Mash’ is a continuation of the BBC Two show ‘The Mash Report’, which aired four series on the channel before being reborn on Dave. Recorded the day before broadcast, the comedy delivers topical insights and satirical news reports from the dystopian parallel universe we affectionately call “modern Britain”. The series was originally hosted by Nish Kumar, but he announced at the end of the last season he was leaving to “spend more time with my emotional problems.”

“‘m very excited and honoured to be taking the helm of Late Night Mash, a show I would honestly describe as ‘funny’,” commented new host Rachel Parris. “I’m excited partly because of the significance of being a female host on a satirical show on British TV, and partly because after five years, it’ll be nice to have a sit-down. I’ll really miss working with my good friend Nish and giving him words of encouragement. I think he did really well and it will stand him in good stead to start his comedy career. Mash, like a proverbial rash, keeps coming back just when you think we’re gone, and I’m proud to represent that irritation. Mash forever!”

Parris previously performed segments on the show, usually explaining specific issues, while hilariously patronising Kumar like a parent placating a small child in the process. The series also features Ellie Taylor and Steve N Allen as two (often bickering) newsreaders, with conservative comedian Geoff Norcott ofter making appearances.

“The first series of Late Night Mash was our second biggest launch of 2021, so we know Dave viewers love the combination of topicality and irreverent humour that it provides,” said Cherie Cunningham, Dave channel director. “We’re absolutely thrilled that Rachel Parris will be stepping behind the host’s desk to bring more Mash to our screens.”

One new addition for season two will see Parris joined each week by a special guest, as the Late Night Mash team to react to the week’s events, with each episode recorded the day before transmission to be as incisive and up-to-date as possible. Comprised of eight brand new episodes and a ninth compiling the best moments from the series, Late Night Mash is produced by Zeppotron and made with The Daily Mash website.

“We’re really excited to be bringing Late Night Mash back again to Dave, and who better to captain the ship than the force of nature that is Rachel Parris,” adds Mark Iddon, commissioning editor UKTV. “We know she will make the show her own alongside the rest of the ever-brilliant Mash ensemble. With each episode recorded so close to transmission and reacting to events as they occur, the addition of a special guest each week will make this new series even more unpredictable.”

‘Late Night Mash’ is commissioned for UKTV by Mark Iddon, commissioning editor, and Iain Coyle, head of comedy entertainment, and ordered by Cherie Cunningham, Dave channel director. Richard Watsham is director of commissioning for UKTV and Steve North is genre general manager, comedy and entertainment. Executive producers for Zeppotron are Ruth Phillips and Peter Holmes. Executive producer of ‘Late Night Mash’ is Chris Stott.

Late Night Mash‘ Season 2 will air later in 2022 on UKTV’s Dave. If you want to keep track of this or any other show, you can add them via our Never Miss system, and you’ll be notified when it gets a UK premiere date.