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Posted: 10 October 2011 06:29 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I was steered to a BBC comedy called “QI” (for Quite Interesting).  Hosted by Stephen Fry, it is very hard to describe in a few words, but it is fast-paced, literate, funny, and could never be shown on network TV in North America.

It’s structured somewhat like a quiz show, with Fry acting as the quizmaster.  The contestants are British stand-up comics, literati, and general celebrity types.  Fry asks a question (from science, literature, history, etc.) and the contestants get points for giving interesting answers, right or wrong.  They are heavily penalized for giving boring or expected answers.

I found it on YoTube, and it’s given me hours of laughter.

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Posted: 10 October 2011 10:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Yeah, QI has been on for a few years now. Very amusing. Fry is gloriously funny, while at the same time speaking in that silken accent that us Americans swoon over.

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Posted: 11 October 2011 04:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I’m not a fan. Stephen Fry is supposedly a brilliant mind, reduced to presenting a quiz show with sub-B grade “celebs”.

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Posted: 11 October 2011 06:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I enjoy the show.  There have been a few occasions where they’ve referred to hoax-related stuff that’s been recorded round here, so it’s always nice to be one up on the celebs, as such.

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Posted: 11 October 2011 07:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Mr R - 11 October 2011 04:43 AM

I’m not a fan. Stephen Fry is supposedly a brilliant mind, reduced to presenting a quiz show with sub-B grade “celebs”.

From what i understand, he’s doing it *for fun*, in between more dignified work.

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Posted: 18 October 2011 03:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Mind you, Fry started his career as half of the comedy duo Fry and Laurie, with Hugh Laurie, better known by the American public as ‘House, md’.

Yes, he too is British.

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Posted: 19 October 2011 09:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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They also appeared on Black Adder (well, mostly Laurie), and a few other shows of the time.

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Posted: 19 October 2011 09:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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” ... he’s doing it *for fun*, in between more dignified work…

Ah yes. The dignified works of the master of ithe classics.

 

 

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Posted: 19 October 2011 11:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Stephen Fry has an impressive intellect, although, according to Mark Carwardine in the book Last Chance To See, he insists he merely has a very good memory. Either way, Stephen Fry is rarely ‘snobbish’, although he has his moments. I find QI an oasis of entertainment, both funny and thought provoking, in a largely desolate TV schedule.grin

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