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I have often heard Stephen Fry accused of being pleased with himself for
being so clever. This implies that there is something intrinsically wrong
with being clever.
QI is a perfect vehicle for Fry and others to show how clever and witty they are. And why not?
You know, if I was as clever and witty as Stephen Fry. I would be pleased with myself too.
As for the complaints about the intelligence and wit being sullied by smut, remember that many of us LIKE smut. The difference between fans and opponents of smut, is that you are unlikely to hear comments on 'Points Of View' complaining about a paucity of dirty jokes. So keep the smut forthcoming please.
There should be enough facts in the world to keep this show going for a while yet.
Stephen Fry, as per usual, is involved in one of the funniest and most
entertaining shows on British Television. After Blackadder and the like
can one expect from him? This programme is not just funny it is indeed,
Quite Interesting(sorry for the pathetic pun).
If anybody has ever wondered what noises frogs make, how many wives Henry
VIII had, or the why Plato was called Plato, you must see this programme!
My friends and the whole of my college, after me watching it, know what snippits of information have been on the programme because i make sure that they are told the best bits. I advise any power-crazed factophile to watch this at the earliest opportunity (Thurs BBC2 10:00, BBC4 10:30)!
What word could sum up this programme? Wonderful? Fascinating?
Hilarious? All of the above.
As the QI Master, Stephen Fry is as brilliant as ever, and his banter with regular panelist Alan Davies is fabulous - their contrasts just work so well. The things that they talk about are genuinely interesting, and all of our family love it. It appeals to all tastes and senses of humour, as the variety of guests makes the dynamics of the show slightly different each week - and it never falters.
I hope that they make 26 series of this - we've just seen series 'C' and I hope they see it all the way through to 'Z'. Marvellous!
It's nice to have something a little more intelligent and interesting
as a quiz; it's educational and it's still hilarious - and sweary,
I really have a soft spot for Stephen Fry, I think he's adorable!
And not forgetting Alan Davies, bless him - I loved it when they his assigned buzzer for the Obvious Answer alarm. :)
The guest panellists are always great too. Panellists I would like to see in the future would include John Sergeant, Mark Thomas, and Eddie Izzard; and I'd love to see Jo Brand and Jeremy Hardy back again. I'd also like to *be* on the show, but obviously that's not going to happen. :)
QI is fantastic, I'd recommend it to anyone - and have done.
I really enjoy QI. It has what most 'quiz' show's lack. It never takes
itself seriously, the guests are always witty and have fun making the
Back in 2005 I was lucky to watch them record an episode at the London Studios. What a great night's entertainment. The stuff that they leave out is just as funny so although it takes them over 2 hours to record a show the time flies.
Stephen Fry is such a clever man , the best bits are always when the other guests take the pee out of Stephen for being too posh.
QI is one of the panel shows that are so everlastingly popular in Great
Britain, which such fabled programs as Have I Got News For You, 8 Out
Of 10 Cats and Never Mind the Buzzcocks previously gaining fame in the
QI - short for Quite Interesting - is hosted by the all-around intelligent Stephen Fry, who asks questions that are 'impossible to get right' to a panel of four, most of them comedians. One of his panelists, Alan Davies appears on every episode, while others rotate. Many, such as Bill Bailey, Rich Hall, Sean Lock, Phill Jupitus or Jo Brand make regular appearances, but none are ever-present as Davies is.
The goal of the quiz is to answer Fry's questions, but there's a catch. The answer needn't be correct, all it asks is that one is interesting along the way. Points are given for interesting answers, and points are taking away (usually to Alan) for answers that are both obvious and wrong. Such answers are accompanied by a klaxon and the wrong answer flashing on a screen behind the contestants.
Example - Fry: How many sheep were there on Noah's ark? - Most people would think the answer is two, but, as proved when Alan answers this and is klaxoned, the Bible states that in the case of clean animals, Noah would take them in sevens.
The questions aren't necessarily the main part of the quiz, however, as, more often than not, the panelists will go off on wild ramblings that have little to do with the original subject, often scoring them points for being interesting.
At the end of each episode is a quick-fire round called 'General Ignorance', where they ask questions that they know will provoke an obvious answer - once again, usually from Alan Davies.
The show has a truly intelligent feel to it, and, although the panelists aren't necessarily intelligent (Jo Brand) or interesting (Gyles Brandreth), they panel's banter and humorous routines are a great way to spend half an hour. My favourite by far is Rich Hall, and I hope you will enjoy him in the next season of QI, which starts next Friday on the BBC.
If you're a fan of useless facts, you'll love this show, and if you're a fan of panel shows, you'll adore it too.
Have you ever been watching a game show and thought, "what would it be
like if the host just lost control and the celebrity panel took over?"
Of course you have... we all have. Well, QI takes that premise and lets
the humor fly.
There are right answers which get a couple points, glaringly obvious and often actually wrong answers that get points ripped away, and the main point of the show: Quite Interesting tidbits that get lots of points.
Stephen Fry stumbles through the questions, obviously reading them off of a prompter that is too far away, and completely knows when to just sit back and when to drop his own QI bits in.
Unfortunately not available in the US, this British show is refreshing, wonderfully staged, and a delight to watch.
It is obvious that like another British 'game show,' "Have I Got News For You" this program is shot over a period of many hours and edited down to the best parts. But who cares!?!? The point is not who wins or loses (generally the ongoing panelist, Alan Davies) but how many laughs we get per half hour and how many things you can learn by watching.
Pray for DVDs full of this or at least having BBC America pick it up.
I love Stephen Fry and have never found him to be smug and up himself! He often has the p*ss taken out of him on QI and obviously enjoys it as much as we do. He is a real genius and his mimicry (particularly of Robert Robinson) is brilliant. He is always at pains to point out that he does not know everything and his "helper elves" are supplying him with the facts. Alan Davies plays the idiot to SF's brainiac wonderfully too and the programme works because of their relationship. Other panellists worthy of note have been Jo Brand, Andy Hamilton ,Sean Lock, Jimmy Carr, Rich Hall, Bill Bailey and just about every guest that has taken part. It must be quite daunting to be witty and funny among the talent that turns up time and again for this show. My wife and I watch QI as often as we can when it is on and still enjoy the ones we have already seen over and over again. I always feel I have been educated, amused and thoroughly entertained and informed. As a lover of trivia this programme suits me down to the ground- it's almost perfect in every way. I am always amazed at how quickly the 30 minutes go by and cannot wait for the next one. It should run and run for ever. Kudos to the one who devised this great piece of TV.
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This truly has to be one of the greatest Television Quiz shows ever
green-lighted by the BBC. Fry's Wit, Charm and Intellect are all
apparent in this show which seems to be the perfect vehicle for him.
The show is a refreshing change from the recent onslaught of reality shows that are dumbing down television, this show is very intellectual, but still focuses on what is interesting, not correct.
At half an hour though, its too short, and leaves the viewer begging for the next episode and yet more gratuitous abuse of Alan Davis and more interesting, if not completely accurate facts.
A well researched, Highly witty circus of amusement, long may it continue...
Back in the 60s this genre was handled best on the radio by I'm Sorry
I'll Read That Again. There have been several TV attempts to revive
that format and this one gets it absolutely right. The best description
I have seen is like a really fun dinner party. The quiz part is still
central, the questions are real, the answers are real, the points
scored are real, but the time is largely taken up by the banter
triggered by the questions.
The questions frequently have obvious, "everyone knows", wrong answers which receive a klaxon and a big forfeit and triggering this is occasionally the point of the question.
You're sitting down for an evening with 5 really smart, really quick witted, really comical people playing the pub quiz from hell and you're along for the ride. Wonderful, and archetypally British, entertainment.
Some adult humour, some disrespectful humour, some irreverent humour, lots of good natured teasing, and you still learn something. Great.
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