I’m not exactly sure what to make of this one. Barry Cryer’s here, and he helped give us one of the more boring episodes of QI in recent history. But also Siobhan Fahey from Bananarama is here, and Mark could have fun with that.
Hugh Cornwell sang and played guitar with The Stranglers. Sean Rowley is a TV presenter and DJ.
Phill: “Shakira is half Colombian and half Lebanese. That’s a combination you don’t want coming through customs, is it?”
Mark: “She’s actually only allowed to enter the country in a Yardy’s ass.”
Phill: ‘As you can see here, a wall of crap erupts from behind her-”
Mark: “Is the one where she had Westlife as backing singers?”
Barry, setting up another old joke: “How do pygmies manage with yo-yos?”
Bill, rationally: “Over the edge of cliffs?”
After another Barry joke, Mark: “You’re waiting for the Teller girls to come on, aren’t you?”
Barry: “No, are they here?”
Barry is crestfallen.
Mark: ‘This isn’t This is your Life!”
On Brian May, Sean: “That’s a smug look.”
Mark: “That’s like when Frank Skinner’s just sung a song, isn’t it?”
Mark, seconds into Phill’s third intro, just starts singing from Grease, ‘I GOT CHILLS…THEY’RE MULTIPLYING…Hugh, if you don’t know it, just sing something along. We might as well have some fun on this show. ANNND I’M LOOOOOSIN’ CONTROOL…”
Hugh: “So this IS something from a musical?”
Mark: “NOT AS SUCH…”
Because Barry’s older, Mark suggests they just crowd around him for Intros “to get a surround sound going…”
Mark, on the Simple Minds intro: ‘You’re never going to get this…”
Barry: “How do you know I’m never going to get this?”
Mark: “…name ANY Simple Minds song for me…”
Barry: “You win…”
Mark gets another opportunity to screw with Bill in Next Lines, reading a line from ‘Star Trekkin’ (Across the Universe)’, which is the Webster’s definition of a kooky novelty hit.
Mark: “There’s klingons on the starboard bow, starboard bow, starboard bow…”
Bill just glares at him for a second.
Bill: “Uh, there’s Klingons on the starboard bow, NOW!”
Bill: “There’s Klingons on the port-bow also!”
Mark: “We’ve string beans and onions, cabbages and scallions, and all sorts of fruit. And say we have an old fashioned tomato, a long island potato…”
Bill: “But we’re out of bacon.”
Mark: “well…that’s ALMOST the lyric.”
Barry: “It’s from the musical Jamie Oliver!”
Mark: “HATHH A THHITTHHPENTHH!”
Overall: Solid, if uneventful show. Barry, Sean and Siobhan were lively, with the emphasis on the first two. Hugh was relatively quiet by comparison. Somehow Barry’s antics made for the best ones.
Best Regular: Phill
Best Guest: Barry
Best Runner: Wicked Whispers