''The Now Show'' is a British satirical radio show on BBC Radio 4, starring Hugh Dennis and Steve Punt (previously of ''Radio/TheMaryWhitehouseExperience'') as well as Marcus Brigstocke, Music/MitchBenn, Laura Shavin, the very short Jon Holmes, and occasional special guests. In recent series, the "guest Marcus Brigstockes" appear more often than Marcus Brigstocke, who has other commitments.

Known for heavy use of {{Running Gag}}s: Wiki/TheOtherWiki used to have a long list of them, and may still do.

When Radio 2 had a Saturday comedy slot, Punt and Dennis (and often the same guests) had another show in that slot, ''It's Been A Bad Week'', which was about weird news stories from around the world. Each week the stories' protagonists competed for who's had the worst week, thus winning "[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment The Worst Week Of The Week Award, Awarded Weekly On A Week-By-Week Basis]]".

!!''The Now Show'' provides examples of:
* BitingTheHandHumor: Practically OnceAnEpisode, towards Creator/TheBBC, Radio 4 in particular, and Radio 4 listeners.
* CurseCutShort
* DanBrowned: The original definition is mentioned in ''The Now Show Book of World Records'', where Dennis talks about how he noticed loads of errors in the part of ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' set in the BBC and wonders how much of the rest must have been wrong.
* DickDastardlyStopsToCheat: Mentioned in the ''Book of World Records'' under "Most Incompetent Cartoon Villain".
* DeadpanSnarker: Most of the cast.
* EpunymousTitle: The basis of the "Worst TV Sitcom Premise" section of the ''Book of World Records'':
-->''Rhythm is a Dancer'': Maggie Rhythm is a dancer. [[HilarityEnsues With hilarious consequences.]]
* HurricaneOfPuns
* HypocriticalHumor
* IncrediblyLamePun
* LampshadeHanging
* LeastRhymableWord
* LiveEpisode: During the 2012 Olympics, they broadcast live three nights a week and ran out of time nearly every time.
* LongRunners: On air for over a decade
* MediumAwareness
* NoFourthWall
* TheOneThingIDontHateAboutYou: Paul Sinha's "defence" of Jeremy Clarkson in 2011 over claims that the latter had called for public sector workers to be shot was 90% insulting Jeremy Clarkson, with the remainder split between insulting the show it appeared on, insulting the press for misreporting his joke, and explaining the joke. [[note]]The BBC has a policy that political views should be balanced with opposing views. Clarkson mostly supported the public sector strikes, so he then invoked this policy and suggested they be shot.[[/note]]
* PlugNPlayTechnology: referenced with regard to ''Film/IndependenceDay'' under "Coolest Spaceship of All Time" in ''The Book''.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: Called "the nutter's den" in ''The Book'''s "Biggest TV Detective Cliche".
* RunningGag: Too many to list, to the point of being lampshaded: "Non-regular listeners are now baffled."
* ShoutOut: Not least to ''Radio/TheGoonShow''. At one point, when the England cricketer Andrew Flintoff had been in the news for falling off a pedalo:
-->'''Little Jim:''' He's fallen in the wa-ter.
-->'''Hugh Dennis:''' Yes, we'll steal anyone's [[CatchPhrase catchphrases]], we don't care.
** One episode had a whole skit reinventing the Iraq War as a ''Goons'' episode, under the title ''The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoff_Hoon Hoon]] Show''.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''The Mary Whitehouse Experience'', as above.
** Spiritual Thing-That's-On-In-The-Off-Season: ''It's Been A Bad Week'' on Radio 2, a topical satire show hosted by Punt and Dennis, with Mitch doing the songs, but which was otherwise a completely different show with a different format.
* TakeThat
* TakeThatAudience: Regular jibes at the live audience and listeners being the stereotypical idea of Radio 4 listeners.
-->"Where else would 'over 40' be classified as 'young'? [{{Beat}}] This is Radio 4."
* WrongInsultOffence: Following an incident when a football supporter threw a banana at a black player, black comedian Nathan Caton did a monologue complaining about ''lazy'' racism. "I mean, if you threw a bottle of Reggae Reggae Sauce or a Nando's menu, I'd be offended, but I'd think you did some research!"

!!''It's Been A Bad Week'' provides examples of:
* AwesomeMcCoolname: An item on amusing names in an 18th century Cornish county register ends with 'Abraham Thunderwolf'.
* ButtMonkey: When William Hague was Conservative leader, he would often be cited as having had an even worse week than whoever had actually won "The Worst Week Of The Week Award, Awarded Weekly On A Week-By-Week Basis". This was largely just so [[Series/DeadRingers Jon Culshaw]] [[TheCastShowOff could show off his Hague impression]].
* TheCastShowOff: Mitch Benn coming up with musical numbers about bad week stories, and Jon Culshaw's impressions.
* CatchPhrase: Sue Perkins' "Section [One, Two, etc.]" and "The Worst Week Of The Week Award, Awarded Weekly On A Week-By-Week Basis", both read out in a distinctive monotone after a beat.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "The Worst Week Of The Week Award, Awarded Weekly On A Week-By-Week Basis"
* TheGhost: "Van Man", the sound effects guy, who only communicates through sound effects [[spoiler:and doesn't, strictly, exist]].
* NewYearHasCome: Every year in December an annual special looks at all the winning stories from the last year's series and then has ''those'' compete for the ultimate title--"The Worst Week Of The Year Award, Awarded Yearly On An Annual Basis".
* OnlyInAmerica: Though not applied in a blanket way. Usually only invoked if the story involves something particularly associated with the US like a burglary involving the use of guns.
* OnlyInFlorida: Invoked often, as well as its European equivalent, Only In Germany.
* SpinOff: Though one which takes place in between series of its precursor with the same cast.