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100 TV Shows-#33-QI


I definitely got to this one via fandom. I think I first heard about it in a Hugh/Stephen RPS fic and I started seeing Icons that referenced quotes such as "Ram it up his arse" and "Prone to interference by Minicabs." The lovely michelleann68 brought some disks to watch when she came to visit and then the fabulous drunken_hedghog was kind enough to actually send the whole series to date on disc at the time of my husbands first Motorcycle Accident/Broken leg. Eventually I ended up downloading EVERY SINGLE EPISODE, including new seasons, 7, 8, 9 etc, as they came up. We now watch them over and over and over and over. Of all the UK panel shows, (HIGNFY, Buzzcocks, Mock the Week, 8 out of 10 Cats, WILTY etc.) it's the only one he has become utterly devoted to. Even to the point where I'm slightly bored with certain episodes and even have a couple I can't stand, he just insists that we keep watching them over and over and over. He DOES like WILTY, but due to the nature of the show, generally isn't interested watching the episodes more than once.

Having pretty much memorized them, I now watch mostly for the inter-personal dynamics and to try and decide who's actually being themselves and who is just playing persona. I will keep BEGGING for someone to write a Jo-Mance where one of the guys (preferably Jimmy) falls head over heels and pursues her with love and sex in mind.

I still wish that more of the women had made it through more than one episode, and I do share my husbands semi-crush on Ronnie Ancona. It's funny to watch most of the one-timer men come and go and try and peg the moment where you knew they were never coming back, or just analyze the lack of QI-ness, or realize on his second go-round, how Rory McGrath was being just to smart for his own good.

As much as I love David Tennant, I happen to LOATHE his episode, mostly because that whole "Osmond" bit that Bill and Lee and Alan go into just lasts to damn long and wasn't funny to begin with. Not crazy about the Christmas episode with Daniel Radcliffe either, again, because of Lee Mack...who oddly enough, I have come to LOVE on Would I Lie To You.

Of the regulars (not including Alan since he has some different category) I love Jimmy Carr, although Hubby is all about David Mitchell. Together, I love it when they decide that handicapped access is a Dalek conspiracy.

Lately though...Ross Noble! How much do I love Ross Noble...especially when Dr. Brian Cox was on? I want the two of them to have some kind of show together. And of the "special guests" I would really love to see Dr. Cox on again. BRIAN BLESSED...not so much.



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Jul. 10th, 2012 02:58 am (UTC)
I have to side with your hubby, David Mitchell is my favorite. Although I do love Jimmy Carr, Jo, Phil, Sue, Sandi and most of the others.

I was introduced to QI via THE BEST CLIP IN THE WORLD

Jul. 10th, 2012 03:07 am (UTC)
That's my favorite too, although I also adore the "Pink Polenta" and Sue Perkins taking the piss out of Barrowman. (Not to mention Peter Cushing and of course John Sessions doing his Alan Rickman imitation.)
Jul. 10th, 2012 03:09 am (UTC)
Oh lord, the octopus that's defense is that it *sparkles*. :) Can't go wrong with that one.
Jul. 10th, 2012 07:16 am (UTC)
I wish they wouldn't have people on who aren't funny. This isn't HIGNFY, you can't get away with it. No Lee Mack, no Gyles Brandreth (ewwwwwwww), even Brian Blessed didn't suit the show I think, highly entertaining as he is elsewhere. The worst was an ep where a guy called John Hodgeman was on as an 'extra', and then barely said a word. It looked like his agent had bullied the BBC or QI productions into letting his client on the show and then he sat there like a ventriloquist's dummy.
Jul. 10th, 2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
Gyles is beyond annoying in his first appearance (STFU about Gerber already) and although he's skeevy as hell when he's holding Sue Perkins hand, I kind of love it for her reactions. Also in the first ep, he seems quite hirsute and then is virtually bald in the second one, so I assume he had a massive combover going on the first time around.

I love Lee on WILTY, so I think the problem with him on QI is that his persona is fitted around being stupid, so as smart as he may or may not actually be, playing the persona just doesn't work in that enviroment. Johnny Vegas is equally problematic for basically the same reason, but Stephen seems to have an affection for him that off-sets that.

Brian Blessed had to be a gimmick (along the lines of David Tennant and Daniel Radcliffe), but given all the references to him and Stephen's impression, I assume they wanted him to do it, or he wanted to come on and show his good nature.

We'll have to agree to disagree on John Hodgeman. He's a regular on the Daily Show and can be unbelievably hilarious with the deadpan. Putting him in the panel without his own spot was silly, but I think he'd be fabulous given another chance and his own mushroomoid.

Jul. 10th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
I've never seen John Hodgeman on anything else, I'd never heard of him before his QI appearance. Maybe he was funnier on the actual show and he was edited out, so they could fulfil some minimum requirements of actually having him on the show while still making a point that it wasn't the BBC's or QI productions' idea, IDK.

Gyles Brandreth is creepy anyway. He was creepy when he was first famous when Channel 4 started and he wore bizarre knitwear on Countdown (think the Fry & Laurie sketch where Steve Steen wears a jumper that says "TWAT"). He was then more tolerable when he was an MP because he was locked away in a room full of other Conservative bores, once we found out he wasn't wearing the TWAT-jumpers in the House of Commons we didn't want to know any more and it was so nice not having to put up with him on our TV screens for a while.

I'd forgotten about Johnny Vegas. He's one of those comedians who really needs the right setting to get the best out of him for me, as with Sean Lock's appearances it's who he's put on the panel with that can make or break his episodes.

I take it Lee Mack's "sitcom" Not Going Out hasn't made it stateside? It's awful. I think it's still in production (or at least episodes were made in the past year or two) but the "humour" is taken straight from a bad 1970s or 1980s sitcom, the first clip of it I saw was of him OMG-ing because the women who'd just moved into the apartment block might be lesbians - cue the "jokes" about vibrators and Martina Navratilova.
Jul. 10th, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
Context for a lot of these folks is definitely a problem for us State-siders. I've spent a lot of time on Wiki, trying to figure out who the hell some of them are and WHY they'd be on the show in the first place. (Gyles, included.)

There's also the issue of person VS persona, so I'm never sure if the panelists are being themselvse (I tend to think of David, Bill, Phil, and Sandi in this category) or playing their persona, which I think is more the case with Johnny V, Lee, Sean, Jo Brand and Jimmy. But that's still guess and conjecture.

I imagine I'd loathe Lee in that sit-com (no, it's not even known here) BUT I do like him on WILTY, especially his dynamic with David, where it's sort of Yob VS Posh and I know they're both "acting" but it still feels real.

Strangely enough I only found out about Jimmy Carr's tax issues from a fanfic, and then I HAD to watch the 8 Out of Ten Cats episode where it was addressed.

Edited at 2012-07-10 05:30 pm (UTC)
Jul. 10th, 2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
It only really took off as a story here after Cameron poked his nose in & said it was disgusting, then when the newspapers started questioning Gary Barlow's tax situation & Cameron said people's tax affairs are their own private business. I guess it depends who you vote for, Barlow is known for his support for the Conservatives.
Jul. 10th, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
Barlow is known for his support for the Conservatives.

I wonder how Robbie feels about that? Of course almost anybody might tilt Tory when they have enough $$$$, but I like to think of Robbie as being on "my side."

Also, since Gary wrote a song for John Barrowman, which I've started to do at Karaoke...I have to keep seeing his name on the "title" card.

Oh Well!

Cameron is SUCH a twat, especially since as he was ragging on Jimmy, he had that whole "leaving the kid in a pub" thing hanging over him. As Bugs Bunny would say, "What a marroon!"

Jul. 10th, 2012 01:13 pm (UTC)
I had waited and considered and doubted, and now placed an order for the first series (it's less than ten Euros including postage). Thank you for giving me the final nudge!
Jul. 10th, 2012 04:00 pm (UTC)
Please keep in mind that it took the show awhile to find it's footing. So even though Hugh is in the first episode, (looking so young and adorable) he doesn't really shine, simply because the format really favors those who are a bit more "pushy," which doesn't seem to suit Hugh's temperament at all. Also the first few seasons where the "forfeits" are on cards, rather than just on a screen can seem very amateurish.

Edited at 2012-07-10 10:10 pm (UTC)
Jul. 10th, 2012 11:07 pm (UTC)
I'm not into this for Hugh (much as I like him). Mostly I want intelligent TV, which in Italy can be achieved either by buying DVDs or by getting a satellite dish (I'm planning on doing the latter next fall).
Jul. 10th, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
It is definitely a rare example of Intelligent Television where I've actually learned things I would never know otherwise...like the cult of watching "Dinner For One" on New Years Eve in Germany.
Jul. 10th, 2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
*****QI Series J Spoiler Alert!*****

I'm sure I saw a tweet during Series J filming which said Prof Brian Cox will be a Series J panelist. Ditto for John Sessions ♥
Jul. 10th, 2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! THANK YOU! You can spoil me with that kind of news anytime. :)
Jul. 10th, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
I think Hugh was just not relaxed when he was on and that's why he didn't say much. If he comes back and does more now that he's not on House he might do a lot better.
Jul. 10th, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
Well he did manage to get a reference to his genitals in there, so that was good. The format suits some personalities better than others...Even Eddie Izzard could barely get a word in edgewise and that's saying something.
Jul. 11th, 2012 12:12 am (UTC)
Hugh's genitals are ALWAYS good, heh heh.
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