Pointless’ Mark Humphries to present comedy segment for ABC’s 7:30

Former presenter of SBS’ The Feed and host of Ten’s Pointless, Mark Humphries, will produce sketches for ABC news and current affairs show, 7:30.

Humphries will work with co-writer Evan Williams to produce fortnightly comedy sketches for the show, which is hosted by Leigh Sales.

The sketches will run fortnightly from this Thursday, October 4. Humphries took to Twitter to share the news: “Excited to announce that @evanwilliams and I will be making fortnightly sketches for @abc730.”

ABC’s announcement was coupled with a short video, which saw insiders allege Sales was not funny. The video said that in light of the “allegations”, 7:30 would add Humphries as a contributor to the show.

Williams said the new activity would be “really, really fun”.

Executive producer Justin Stevens said he hoped the segment would provide some “light relief”.

“7.30 has a rich tradition of satire with Clarke and Dawe’s long running and much loved Thursday night segments,” Stevens said.

“We are huge fans of Mark Humphries and Evan Williams’ work and they’ve shown they can satirise all sides of politics. We cover politics very seriously throughout the week on 7.30 and this will hopefully give the audience some light relief at the end of each fortnight.”

The addition of a comedy segment to 7:30 follows a number of changes to the ABC’s comedy and satirical programming. Almost two months ago, the ABC axed comedy and entertainment program Tonightly with Tom Ballard, arguing it needed a “fresh approach”.

Three weeks ago, ABC revealed a new weekly panel show, Tomorrow Tonight, with Charlie Pickering and Annabel Crabb.

Today’s announcement comes a week after the sacking of ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie, which was followed by the resignation of chairman Justin Milne. ABC’s director of entertainment and specialist, David Anderson, has been appointed acting managing director, while Kirsten Ferguson has been nominated ABC’s acting chairperson.


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