Balls of Steel

8:30pm Friday, September 10 on C4

Daring to push the boundaries of good taste to entertain, a host introduces brand new comedic talent and challenges them to attempt a multitude of daring, and sometimes dangerous tasks in order to find out who has the biggest ‘Balls of Steel’.

Tonight: The Big Gay Following stalks the celebrity red carpets with his familiar catchphrase; and the Bunny Boiler lures innocent couples into a tarot card reading.

8:30pm Friday, September 3 on C4

Daring to push the boundaries of good taste to entertain, a host introduces brand new comedic talent and challenges them to attempt a multitude of daring, and sometimes dangerous tasks in order to find out who has the biggest ‘Balls of Steel’.

Tonight: Neg tries out a new urban sport called Burger Bowling; and Olivia Lee jets off to LA where she interviews J-Lo, Pierce Brosnan and Hightower from Police Academy.

8:30pm Friday, August 27 on C4

Daring to push the boundaries of good taste to entertain, a host introduces brand new comedic talent and challenges them to attempt a multitude of daring, and sometimes dangerous tasks in order to find out who has the biggest ‘Balls of Steel’.

Tonight: The Annoying Devil gets his message across in a very public way and Olivia Lee gets her own message across to Big Ron Atkinson at a charity golf tournament.

8:30pm Friday, August 20 on C4

Daring to push the boundaries of good taste to entertain, a host introduces brand new comedic talent and challenges them to attempt a multitude of daring, and sometimes dangerous tasks in order to find out who has the biggest ‘Balls of Steel’.

Tonight: An inappropriate Olivia Lee interviews celebrities at a charity football match; the Bunny Boiler gets up to her usual tricks over coffee; and Big Gay Following propositions anyone who crosses his path.

8:30pm Friday, August 13 on C4

Daring to push the boundaries of good taste to entertain, a host introduces brand new comedic talent and challenges them to attempt a multitude of daring, and sometimes dangerous tasks in order to find out who has the biggest ‘Balls of Steel’.

Tonight: Alex Zane plays matchmaker in his ‘Sex Contract Game’ while Thaila Zucchi, the Bunny Boiler, does the opposite when she preys on men in front of their girlfriends in the park.

8:30pm Friday, July 30 on C4

Daring to push the boundaries of good taste to entertain, a host introduces brand new comedic talent and challenges them to attempt a multitude of daring, and sometimes dangerous tasks in order to find out who has the biggest ‘Balls of Steel’.

Tonight: Neg introduces the art of urban sprinting, the Bunny Boiler takes a trip to Brighton, and the Annoying Devil hands out some very special umbrellas.

8:30pm Friday, July 23 on C4

Daring to push the boundaries of good taste to entertain, a host introduces brand new comedic talent and challenges them to attempt a multitude of daring, and sometimes dangerous tasks in order to find out who has the biggest ‘Balls of Steel’.

Tonight: Militant Black Guy and Big Gay Following take to the streets and the Annoying Devil goes for a spin in his Devil Car.

8:30pm Friday, July 16 on C4

Daring to push the boundaries of good taste to entertain, C4’s brand new series Balls of Steel premieres its first season on Friday, July 16th at 8:30pm on 3.

Hosted by comedian Mark Dolan, Balls of Steel sees brand new comedic talents attempting a multitude of daring, and sometimes dangerous tasks in order to find out who has the biggest ‘Balls of Steel’.

“It involves 12 new comedy acts all doing different styles of comedy, some of it in the studio, some out and about on the street,” explains host Mark Dolan.

“But there’s one thing that all the performers have in common: In order to do what they’ve done, they have to have balls of steel,” he continues. “They have to be ludicrously brave, foolhardy, and have to show some contempt for their physical safety.” The extensive and varied range of acts, all bring their own unique brand of humour to the show, and Dolan believes that by the end of the series, they will all be names to conjure with.

“The great thing is, if you’ve not enjoyed one bit, you needn’t worry, because there’ll be another completely contrasting thing along in just a moment.” The show’s physical danger tends to come from the people (both celebrities and members of the public) who are variously mocked, infuriated, lampooned or tricked in a series of recordings that take the hidden camera genre and revolutionise it.

“Almost everybody has suffered physical retribution for what they’ve been doing,” Dolan explains. “In that way, the sketches themselves always seem to have these little moments of justice in them.” Like? “Like The Annoying Devil who went to a golf course with a whole bucket of extra balls. There are some men having a really serious tournament, and just getting to the putting at the end, and he just chucks all the extra balls on the putting green.” “Now, you’d have thought a golf environment was a completely safe environment in which to do outrageous comedy, but in fact no. A Pringle-wearing retired madman started running towards The Annoying Devil and chucked this very heavy golf club at him. It whacked him on the back of the head.” If this all sounds like your type of humour, make sure not to miss the season premiere of Balls of Steel, screening on Friday, July 16th at 8:30pm on 3.

Who knew New Zealand television could be such fun and games?
From a complaint to the television watchdog, the Broadcast Standards Authority:

“In a segment of Balls of Steel called “Pain Men”, two men devise various methods of inflicting pain on each other. In this programme, one of the men applied an electric belt sander twice to the other man’s bare buttocks. The injured man then had a nail hammered through the skin between his thumb and forefinger and into a block of wood. A viewer complained that the programme set a dangerous and stupid example, and breached standards of good taste and decency, law and order, and children’s interests.”

If it’s good enough for Jesus it should be good enough for those jackasses, no?


The below shows are finishing on TV2, Friday 29 June:

-Supernatural
-Balls of Steel
-Smallville