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Adam and Joe are a British comedy duo comprising of Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish. They currently present Adam and Joe on BBC 6 Music and are equally notable for presenting The Adam and Joe Show on Channel 4 from 1996 to 2001.



Adam and Joe began working on comedy material during their time at Westminster School together, where they created numerous amateur films along with their friend Louis Theroux, some of which they submitted to Channel 4's home video showcase Takeover TV in 1994. Their submissions led to Adam hosting that show in 1995.

They hosted The Adam and Joe Show on Channel 4 from 1996 - 2001.

They won the Royal Television Society Best Newcomers Award in 1998, published The Adam and Joe Book in 1999, and presented BBC Three's coverage of the Glastonbury Festival in 2000 and 2002. Other spin-off projects included Adam & Joe's Fourmative Years in 1998 and Adam and Joe's American Animation Adventure in 2001.

They directed pop promos for Frank Black and Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, as well as appearing in two Surf washing powder commercials, in which they comically brutalised Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Keith Harris and Orville.[1]

In 2003, Buxton and Cornish presented Adam and Joe Go Tokyo, a Tokyo-based magazine show covering Japanese pop culture for BBC Three and BBC One. The same year they began hosting a show on UK radio station Xfm, filling in for Ricky Gervais on Saturday afternoons. When Gervais left the station they took over permanently, and continued to present the Saturday morning show, until Summer 2006. The best parts of these shows were condensed into a series of 20 podcasts.

Bizarrely, their only TV show to be regularly repeated is their 2001 E4 series Shock Video, in which the duo provide an often totally irrelevant comic commentary on soft-core porn clips from around the world. It is currently screening on Bravo in the UK.

They are sometimes involved with The Idler, a biannual literary magazine.

From August 2006 until October 2007, they hosted the monthly "Coca-Cola New Music Podcast", which showcased unsigned bands from around Europe, presented in a similar style to their Xfm shows.


Adam and Joe started presenting the BBC 6 Music Saturday morning show in October 2007.

Features on the show include 'Song Wars', where they both compose original compositions based on a common theme, such as public transport. Listeners then vote for which song they think is the best.

'Text the Nation' is another regular feature where listeners send in anecdotes or concepts based on a theme or question set by Adam and Joe. Recent examples of themes have included 'Childhood Misconceptions' and 'Horror Film Ideas'.

The ‘Text the Nation’ feature was also instrumental in the uncovering and then subsequent popularisation of the Stephen! call and response.

Their show won a Broadcasting Press Guild Award in 2008 for best radio programme of the year.[2]

By way of their BBC 6 Music show, they are currently considering the execution of an arguably charming, yet awfully unhealthy dog, known as 'Boggins'- and have left the dogs life dependent on public response. From January 2010, the show will be put on hold while Joe Cornish is away directing a film.


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