Jay Pond-Jones

Redchurch Street Studio
This is how 5 x 5 works.

Five new comedians each get the chance to perform a five-minute set. Hosts of the show have included Russell Hicks, Suzi Ruffell, Kane Brown, and Thanyia Moore.

What adds a unique twist to the evening is that the headline host comedian exclusively engages in crowd work, creating a dynamic narrative arc involving the audience throughout the show. This interaction with the crowd has become a standout feature, drawing audience members who are keen to secure front-row seats to be a part of it.

Earning a spot on 5 x 5 is not just about recognition for comedians; it's about fostering a supportive community and helping each other grow. For example, as a direct result of his 5 x 5 appearance, Dane Buckley has gone on to support both Tom Allen and Rosie Jones on tour, while Chantel Nash has achieved the status of a finalist in the BBC's New Comedian of the Year competition, thanks to the collective effort of everyone involved.