Talk about groupthink. I tuned in to the repeat of The News Quiz on BBC Radio 4 this lunchtime. Presided over by Sandi Toksvig – who herself is quite leftist albeit with a lesbian twist – Jeremy Hardy and Andy Hamilton provided all the appropriate “jokes.” So, there was much praise for Rowan Williams, much castigation for George Papandreou and the predictable attacks on capitalism. (Do these comrades not get paid for their appearances?) This programme is an extended 30minute left wing whinge with very little remnants of humour. Pity, once upon a time I used to like this programme but it’s now part of the hive, better ignored. Next week, the NOW show returns..aaaargghh!
THE NEWS QUIZ
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What a stale Danish pastry, this sensible shoemarm is!
Been in the canteen under the see through dome way too long…no tongs and no one would willingly buy it…let alone put it into their mouth.
Therefore…just the kind of Heritage project that the BBCs patron of lost causes loves to stick a little EU flag into and tell us is still fresh, exciting and relevant.
Even they don`t use the word funny however…maybe she can go to the Dudley Hippodrome following the Lenny Henry escape chute for tragic farce gone bitter and sour!
I want my Danish Referendum to send her back to that gay resort , as set up by Tatchells pal in Last Word that I heard bits of the other day.
A Danish Porker that condemns itself every week, so we do`nt have to…but why we pay for its upkeep is a mystery to all but the BBC luvvies.
Give the license fee to some real worthy cause…not keeping Sandi in tweeds for ever…the Donkey Sanctuary nr Sidmouth is a true case of caring for clapped out creatures of habit…so that`s where MY £145 is going next time!
Superb ! You are on cracking form these days and much funnier than the clapped out BBC Leftie “comedian” clones !
I heard about five seconds of last week’s show (by accident of course), just long enough to hear Sandi Toksvig announce: “Jeremy and Hugo have got two points”. Jeremy and Hugo, you really can’t make this stuff up. The BBC is so right-on it’s beyond parody. I expect Sandi, Jeremy and Hugo were straight off to their nice warm tent outside St Paul’s as soon as the show ended.
Er, I think you mean nice warm wine bar.
You`re onto something here Robin!
It`s this points thing in all their so-called “comedies and quiz shows”.
These ponts that they give out…is there ANY uniformity or ANY scheme to ensure consistency of purpose in any of it.
OFSTED or any NHS Care Quality Commission would never get away with the unfunny, quixotic and (to be frank) “inconsistent, subjective and patchy” issuing of said points!
I don`t believe for a minute that Fry, Toksvig or the others have ever attended a “standardising meeting” to ensure consistent quality control across all comedy domains.
It`s my BBC…points are easier to get than ever these days…and I want proof that Paul Merton is indeed funnier than Ted Rodgers used to be.
That we all know that he`s not even funnier than Arthur Askey OR Hope and Keen might be a given…but(unlike global warming) I demand evidence for this assertion.
I only put on the News Quiz when my parents don’t come for a Saturday dinner visit, they now prefer I put on a recording of Count Arthur Strong. My parents are Grammar school educated old working class Labour who then voted Liberal but now say they are going to vote UKIP, but would never vote Tory. They think Labour has been taken over by middle class morons. I remember last week there was a frosty reception from the panel when
Sandi Toksvig said she supported a referendum, so it is no surprise the panel is struggling to find jokes now that their left wing bias makes them just as allergic to referendums as the EU elite.
Sandie Toxic. Jeremy (don’t even think about kissing me) Hardy.
Andy Hamilton can be quite amusing sometimes – he’s not yet totally damaged goods. However, I saw his tv prog about satan and couldn’t help thinking that it was yet another bbc propaganda piece, intended to equate islam with Judaism and Christianity. The programme’s purpose was not to explain satan but rather to give us a subtle happy feeling towards satan’s religion. No mention of any devils associated with Hinduism, or Sikhism, or Buddhism or any other religion. So, one black mark Andy for participating in the prog. I hope you redeem yourself sometime soon. I no longer listen to the News Quiz because it’s crap.
In such a world of dumbing down, Hamiltons show was not as crass as I was expecting.
That said, it was trite and scripturally weak…but those he spoke to were also dim in this aspect, so he`s not the worst.
Seems to me that the likes of Giles Fraser have been doing a Lord Chancellors job of redacting bible bits about Satan…especially those bits that seem to have mattered to the writers of the Gospels.
Jesus seemed unashamed of “naming and shaming” Satan and his influence throughout…although he didn`t use the phrase “demon eyes”, he may well have left that phrase in when Blair was getting elected!
What would Jesus do eh?…he might have been that rarest of things…a moral advertising executive!
Stopped listening ages ago when I thought that I had tuned in to a children’s training program, full of manic giggling and directionless unfunny rants at everything and nothing.
Is ‘News Quiz’ supporting satirical ‘Charlie Hebdo’ and condemning Islamic firebombers against freedom?
At least the Now show is quite funny at times
Saw Jeremy Hardy at Greenwich Theatre once. An attack of dysentery would have been funnier.
Not sure who Andy Hamilton is, and care less.
Yes dysentry is funnier than Jeremy Hardy
Sadly I was stuck in the car and listened to the entire show. Its actually gone well beyond unfunny or bias as the entire feel of the show is now just rather sad. I remember listening to it when Barry Took was the moderator and laughing out loud at Alan Corens comments. Now its just a pension for assorted middle aged SWP’ies and somewhere to put Ms Toksvig who sadly ticks to many PC boxes for the Beed to ever sack her.
Incidentally and I have mentioned this before but does anyone else remember just before the election Ms Toksvig was a big Liberal Democrat ? Every other week there was a mention of “her” party and “her” leader the great Nick Clegg. This all seems to have gone down the memory hole now.