The comedian says he's expecting a thought-provoking, informative and hilarious "right old ding-dong".
SBS Guide

3 Feb 2021 - 2:38 PM  UPDATED 3 Feb 2021 - 3:48 PM

Legendary British comedian Bill Bailey will host a trans-Tasman battle between Australian and New Zealand comedians in new show Patriot Brains. The comic genius will use his wit, wisdom and impartial residency to help determine once and for all who’s the best – Kiwis or Aussies?

The fast-paced comedy panel show, coming to SBS VICELAND later this year and also screening on New Zealand’s TVNZ 2, will see each country’s greatest comedians pitted against each other to find out who knows their country best, with our host the only thing keeping them apart. 

Fans of comedy game show 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown will recognise Bailey as a contestant on the popular panel show that combines letters, numbers and laughs.

Last in Aotearoa in 2018, the British Comedy Award winner is a man of many unrivalled talents. A brilliant comedian, actor and musician, Bailey wowed UK audiences while competing in the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, taking out the glitterball and being crowned the winner in December 2020.  New Zealand fans will have the chance to see Bill in action while he tours the country with his new comedy show En Route to Normal.

Bill said of his new hosting gig, “I am very much looking forward to hosting Patriot Brains, and a chance to referee a spirited international debate between two rival countries, which could end up as a right old ding-dong. A ding-dong which I hope to be thought-provoking, informative and hilarious.”

The fierce rivalry between New Zealand and Australia will be put to the test across a multitude of disciplines. Each week, one team will prove they know the most about their own country, and the other will be named and shamed as the most uneducated patriots in this trans-Tasman battle.

Who has the best road movie? Who’s got the most confusing outdated law still in effect? And just which country has the better Prime Minister?

From the makers of 7 Days, Patriot Brains will deliver comedy that is interesting, fast and hilarious!

Patriot Brains is produced by The Downlow Concept and made with the support of NZ On Air.

Patriot Brains will screen on SBS Viceland in 2021.  Watch 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown 7.35pm weeknights on SBS VICELAND. 

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