Well, Dara’s here. Now it’s REALLY a party.
It’s weird, because we’ll be witnessing young, haired, pre-MTW Dara O’Briain today, which is very new. This is 2001-era Dara.
Ben Adams is from A1, which is a Boy Band, not, as I originally thought, a popular steak sauce. Claire Sweeney is best known for being on Brookside (cue Tony Slattery yelling “EEEHHHH NOO! NOO!”). Chris McCormack played guitar with Three Colours Red.
Mark, on Meat Loaf in the Anything for Love video: “It is amazing that they took some trouble to make him look ugly…you know, just a camera would have done.”
Dara’s started tonight with a string of jokes about the Meat Loaf video, and not all of them are hitting with the audience, sadly.
Chris, on Meat Loaf and Chris DeBurgh: “Did Meat Loaf shag his staff?”
Mark: “No, unless you want to start a rumor, so YES.”
Ben aides Sean on a joke about how wealthy Ben is, so Mark chastises him for it, saying “DON’T HELP OUT A SHITTY JOKE!” So, hence, every time someone asks Ben a question about himself, i.e. “do you have a Royal Family, Ben?”, and he answers, Mark chews him out for it.
Ben, on Fatboy Slim and Pink Floyd: “Norman Cook, he calls his son ‘Little Woody’, and that Pink Floyd video was filmed in a place that’s a little…woody…”
Mark: “…have you got a little woody?….don’t answer that one, Ben…”
Ben: ‘I actually know David Gilmour’s daughter, and-”
Sean: “Did you shag ‘er?”
Phill: “Did one of your staff?”
Ben: “It was my postman, actually…”
Mark: ‘COULD YOU SHAG THIS WOMAN FOR ME, POSTIE? I’VE GOT SONGS TO MIME TO.”
Okay, so Phill and Ben doing U2’s Elevation made me laugh so damn hard, mostly because I know that song, and Ben doing the really high pitched OOOOOOHHHHHH is absolutely perfect.
Sean’s team keep screwing with #2 of their ID Parade. Bringing back the Ben running gag, Sean goes “you can go home with Ben, Mark. I’m going home with one of them.”
Mark: “Just don’t let that one near water…”
Also, later to Dara: “This time next week #2 is gonna be wearing a costume of your skin…”
This is classic. Mark intros the next ID Parade, which is of Don Estelle (from It Ain’t Half Hot, Mum) and Windsor Davis doing ‘Whispering Grass’. Of course, right after the clip, Mark walks over, in a drill seargant-ish hat, walking by the five ID Parade guys, dressed as privates, and does a full on Windsor Davis impression introing the names.
By the way, right when Mark passes by Sean’s panel, Dara notices what he’s doing and loses it right before he exits the frame.
You can tell that Mark is such a big It Ain’t Half Hot fan that when he does approach the real Don Estelle (“LOVELY BOY!”), he muzzes his cheek, and you can tell he knows it’s real one because he completely fangirls right afterwards, smiling as if he’s met God. This must be terrific for him.
And of course, he gives #5 a big “SHUUUUUTUUUUUUUPPPP!”
Mark: “I’m not saying which one it is, though, from those five, it’s the one that looks EXACTLY like Don Estelle.”
Phill, to Claire: “AND YOU DON’T KNOW WHO THAT IS???”
Claire: “No, and I WATCHED Dad’s Army as well.”
Mark: “WELL, HE WASN’T *IN* THAT! ”
Mark keeps the beret on for Next Lines.
Phill: “I’m sorry, but maybe it’s just the beret, but you just SOUND gayer…”
Mark, very gay: “WELL HERE’S SOME LINES FOR YOU, AND IF YOU FOLLOW ALONG WITH THE NEXT ONE, I’M GONNA GIVE YOU A *POINT*.”
Overall: Isn’t it funny how ONE GAME can elevate an entire show. Until we hit ID Parade, we were listless, save for a few Dara lines and Ben getting screwed with, but once we got #2 in ID Parade, and the entire line of It Ain’t Half Hot Mum jokes, we were on a roll. Not the greatest show, but worth it just for the Don Estelle round.
Best Regular: Mark (Lovely Boy.)
Best Guest: Dara (SHUTTUUUUUPPP)
Best Runner: Ben answering questions.