Now, with our Search for the Lost Buzzcocks Episodes, onto yet another Rich Hall episode that Youtube wouldn’t let me see. Also, this is probably the last Sean Hughes episode we’ll be getting on this ‘lost episodes’ journey, unless S6E9 comes my way anytime soon.
Alesha Dixon from Mys-Teeq is also here, as well as Jo Breezer, pop solo artist, and Richard McNamara from Yorkshire soft-rockers Embrace.
Rich does have a legendary monologue about Destiny’s Child: “I do know a lot about this band. They’ve had horrible luck choosing…originally they were gonna be called Megadeth…and it turned out somebody already had that name, so they went with Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass…horrible luck. These three were actually backup singers for a 6-month-old rapper. He was called Dez the Tiny Child.”
Mark: “He had a very good first album, called The Afterbirth.”
Rich: “And, uh-”
Sean: “Dead now, of course.”
Rich: “Yeah, he was dropped by his record company…on his head.”
And you wonder why people love having him on panel shows.
Sean, reading the 3rd intro: “So Rich, did you spend your childhood in England?”
Sean: “Well…doesn’t matter WHAT we do, here…”
Rich, trying to figure it out: “It’s some kind of…”
Mark: “Crystal Gale’s mother gave birth to no less than 8 children. At that point, I’m guessing it wasn’t her brown eye that was blue…”
Most of the panel slumps over the desk in laughter after that one.
Mark keeps having fun with the clip from ‘Stand and Deliver’, first with how his performance of ‘Where did our love go’ sounded (with the opening drums of Stand and Deliver spliced in), and then how it sounded when he fell into the orchestra pit at a gig, that time while smirkingly setting up the sound clip (and cracking up at just the sound of Adam Ant’s yelling, to represent the fall).
Richard, after a mark-interrupted intro: “I know what it is?”
Richard, after a beat, sinks and puts his head in his arms.
Phill: “…THEN YOU DON’T!!!”
Great bit with Sean’s ID Parade- both Sean and Mark know it’s #3, and keep trying to convince Alesha it is, in fact him (she thinks it’s #2). When the real one is announced, #3 brings 2 and 4 up with him, jokingly.
Phill says this is gonna be tough, because he doesn’t remember seeing the orchestra conductor’s face, but Mark says they’d cut around to the front.
Mark: “Unless one of them turns ’round and goes like this”
Mark goes over and tries to help Jo through all five of the ID Parade.
Mark: “Would you go for #1, the one nearest to us?”
Mark: “Or #2, the one with the 2 on his badge?”
Mark: “Or #3…THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF!”
(Now #3 is laughing…)
Mark: “Or #4, who’s never been to the big city before. Or #5….AAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!”
Richard, after #2 is revealed: “We were robbed. I think he was lyin”
Mark: “There’s a lot of charlatan Simon Parks around.”
Mark: “I’m the dandy highwayman that you’re too scared to mention”
Sean, remembering the Adam Ant runner: “DOO-DOOT-DOO-DOOT-DOO-DOOT. AAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!! DOO-DOOT-DOO-DOOT!”
Mark: “I’m the one and only”
Mark: “…are you just making baby sounds now?”
Overall: Without Rich we’d have a hell of a clunker. Aside from a great Intros round and a pretty nice ID Parade for Phill, we don’t have a ton going on other than some Rich quips. Of the rest, Alesha did the most, and Jo was kinda sweet, but the panel was mostly quiet, and it was mostly Mark doing the heavy lifting. Still, from the Adam Ant joke alone, I will probably rewatch this one.
Best Regular: Mark
Best Guest: Rich
Best Runner: Adam Ant