Comedian Tim McGarry compared The Blame Game’s virtual shows to dancing with your sister.
The full program returns to television this week after two seasons of video calling.
While the presenter is proud of what the team has been able to accomplish, he can’t wait to get back in front of a live audience.
Tim said, “What we were able to do during the lockdown was great and we were excited to air the show, but it’s just not the same with no audiences at all.
“I don’t think we’re at full capacity yet, but it’s just good to have human beings in the same room, which you really need for comedy.
“There is no energy without people. When you have an audience, you can build momentum and sink the jokes. Laughter is contagious.
“The Spanish football manager, I think, described football without supporters as dancing with his sister. Comedy without an audience is similar.
“Fortunately the politicians have been very good at keeping us up to date with the news, so we have the protocol, the DUP leaders and all that. It’s a shame we weren’t there earlier in the year.
Actress and comedian Diona Doherty joins the panel this season alongside series regulars Colin Murphy and Neil Delamere.
Tim said the Derry Girls and Soft Border Patrol star, whom he knows from his work with Hole in the Wall Gang and on Give My Head Peace, would refresh things.
“I am delighted to welcome him to the show. I think she will do a great job. She’s from Derry and, you know, they’re very strange people over there. They have a different view of the world, ”he joked.
“They think Copernicus was wrong and that Derry is actually the center of the universe, so I think she will bring that perspective.
“She’s also going to lighten up the men and give us a try. She’s slightly younger than us, so there’s a whole new energy there too.
“We have a few special guests lined up. I love having them because you get a really different perspective. They add tremendously to the show. When they get into the mood it goes really well so we look forward to a good variety of guests.
– The Blame Game returns to BBC One NI on Friday at 10:35 p.m.