Stephens Fry (E series)
Stephens Fry (E series)
I’m in this and very excited.
This Saturday, February 11th! 7pm! UCBeast! The Fascinator!
Super-duper excited to be part of Katey Healy-Wurzburg’s British-style comedy quiz show!
Aw man! I love everything about this, especially the KHW art!
I’m going to be in Boston this weekend so I can’t go to this, but I’m reblogging this anyway because you definitely should. It’s just like QI! It’s fun!
Stephen: That is probably true.
Jimmy: Probably true?
If QI is the best television programme ever made (a claim I’m sometimes tempted to make), why doesn’t the whole world watch it? Why hasn’t every country at least adapted it—as the world has done with so many less interesting shows (does the planet really need any more versions of X Factor?)? There’s a bit of debate on this topic. The show has been sold to channels in Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, and Africa, and a Dutch version was made in 2009. However, it’s still not been seen on American television, not even on BBC America.
On 9 August 2009, TV Squad reported that John Hodgman, who appeared as a bonus guest in Series G, was furious with BBC America’s choice not to broadcast the show, implying that the channel thinks the show is too intelligent for an American audience. Two days later John Lloyd explained to TV Squad that part of the issue was cost, as the pictures used on the show are only cleared for use in the UK; although he admitted that then-president of BBC America, Garth Ancier, “is convinced that Americans ‘won’t get it.’ We disagree (of course!).”
Recently, John Mitchinson, head of QI research, said the fact that QI is “genre-busting” is the problem: “It’s much more to do with the difference between US and UK panel shows. QI doesn’t fit into any US channel’s remit.” This is a shame for American television and viewers. If smart, funny entertainment doesn’t meet a channel’s needs, what does that say about the execs’ opinions of the American viewing public?
This. All of this. QI on BBC America would be the best thing ever. And if they ever decide to ‘remake’ QI instead of just broadcasting the UK eps in America, John Hodgman would be a fantastic host.
(I’d also like to thank Katey for doing her part in bringing QI to America with her UCB show The Fascinator, which was very good and also quite interesting.)
“I think we all agree that nobody in this universe understands QI’s scoring system”
…yeah, that was basically my reaction too.
Awesome behind the scenes of the day: The Making of QI
If you’re a fan of the British quiz-comedy-science show, QI, you’ll get a kick out of this hourlong special that aired over the weekend on the making of QI, from its humble origins to the awesome show we all know and love today.
Submitted by Delsyd
I want to move to London and work on QI. Can someone make that happen for me, please?
“Part of the reason that panel shows have become so popular in Britain is that the topical panel shows are the primary source of satire. Late night talk shows don’t exist in Britain (their chat shows are weekly, instead of daily), and as such, panel shows are the place where Brits turn for a funny look at current events. One such example is BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz, which airs at 6:30 on Friday evening, and offers a somewhat genial comedic look at the week’s news. The even more popular TV version, Have I Got News For You(HIGNFY), has become the beloved elder of the television panel shows. Other topical shows have popped up in it’s shadow, including it’s younger, swearier BBC Two cousin Mock the Week, and the survey based 8 Out of 10 Cats on competitor Channel 4.”
Oh how I wish BBC America would air these. Or that American audiences were receptive to them. *sighs*