HEADLINE-GUFFAWING weekly satire-lite hoedown. That HIGNFY-inspiring format in full: competing panel of ‘witty intellectuals’ of a journalistic (Bill Deedes, Ian Hislop, Francis Wheen) or comedic (Jeremy Hardy, Armando Iannucci, Andy Hamilton) bent are challenged to spot newsworthy happenings of the past seven days courtesy of a series of very awful puns indeed, with ‘points’ taking second billing to gags and rounds interspersed by sub-That’s Life! ‘humorous’ cuttings sent in by listeners, and all of it framed by Leroy Anderson’s The Typewriter (ie that thing that goes “diddleiddleiddleiddleiddleiddleiddlei diddleiddleiddleiddleiddleiddlei TING!”). Hosts have included Barry Norman, Barry Took, Simon Hoggart and Sandi Toksvig, while for years the show also acted as an unofficial “there’s only one way to find out – FIIIIGHT!” running battle of the satire rags between Punch and Private Eye courtesy of competing regulars Alan Coren and Richard Ingrams.Read More
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MILD CONTROVERSY-courting series of only very slightly ‘mock’ lectures examining “the vicissitudes of modern living” from the left-leaning BNP-angering comic, with novel psuedo Public Information Film-inflected old fashioned stylings ensuring that nobody ever asks him where the ‘jokes’ are a la Mark Thomas.Read More
BAFFLING EARLY C4 kids show (weren’t they all?) which featured a dining chair animated by Fluck and Law and voiced by JEREMY HARDY. Said furniture was actually an alien being (called N-3) who had somehow decided that dining chairs were the most intelligent form of life on Earth and so spent its time trying to communicate with the other dining chairs and failing, until it found a small boy and talked to him instead. It also talked to some glowing lights, one of whom may have been Richard Vernon.Read More