We’ve seen Raghav before, and we’ve seen Nihal Arthanayake (‘I’M PROPER ‘APPY!’) on the program before, but this LOST BUZZCOCKS one has both of them, as well as Gary Brooker, of Procol Harum (and, according to Phill, Lord Lucan’s Fashion House), and Paul Heaton, of The Beautiful South and the Housemartins- this is actually a really nice panel, to be honest.
Mark’s introclip caption for Chris DeBurgh is “or is it Chris….DIE…DIE…DIE…DIE…DDIIIIIIIE….Burgh……DIIIE!”
With a black mask over his face. There goes subtlety.
Nihal: “Is this an outtake from Saving Private Ryan, this bit here?”
Mark: “The beaches of Normandy don’t look so bad there, do they?”
Nihal: “And with a Latvian family there as well… ‘MA, IT’S DA VUN FVUM QVUEEN, VE LUEV HEIM!”
Mark: “Never met anyone from Latvia, have you?”
Nihal: “I *AM* LATVIAN!”
Mark: “‘AND DE VUN FUOM QVUEEN!’ You’ve met MUPPETS, haven’t you?”
Phill: “That’s actually, uh, he did actually shag the nanny’s brain out, and he just found it.”
Mark, covering himself with the black mask, is even cracking up a bit.
Phill: “OKAUUY MISTUH DEBURGH…IT WAS UNDER THE SOFA!”
Nihal: “‘Lady is deeeaaddd…'”
Phill BURSTS OUT LAUGHING here.
Raghav tries a really bad joke about how the Eurythmics were nicknamed the ‘You’re With Dicks’ by MTV, tying into the Lennox question- he even has to explain the joke, which also doesn’t get anything.
Gary’s got to do Intros, but doesn’t have glasses. Mark just goes over and says ‘well, uh, the first one’s Rasputin by Boney M.’
Gary: ‘DON’T TELL HIM!”
Nihal’s already giving a thumbs-up to the crowd.
Before they even start, Nihal: “RASPUTIN, BY BONEY M!”
Phill and Gary do their first intro bending over.
Mark: “Hang on? Why are you doing the intro at half-mast? Are you expecting a visitor??”
Now Nihal tries guessing this in an over-the-top Russian accent. In response, Mark goes “AH-AH-AHHHH, I LOOOOVE TO COUNT! What’s the matter with you? Try doing it in your own voice! There are enough people who hate asians as it is, don’t make them hate them further…”
Gary, trying to read the card: “What’s this…Baboon…H?”
Mark: “Yes, BABOON H. OR, AS WE ALL CALL THEM, MAROON FIVE.”
There’s a running gag about music being played over a clip of a monkey riding a bicycle. So, for Raghav and Bill’s first intro, they do theirs over the clip of the monkey, and Mark asks “does that help?” to Paul.
Gary: “The one without a hat is very suspicious…”
Phill: “How about the other one without a hat?”
Mark discovers that Raghav can do a really great Shrek impression…so he gets him to crouch behind Bill and do it like Bill’s saying it. It’s a fantastic moment.
Raghav: “YOU’RE WITH DICKS! GOODNIGHT EVERYBODY!”
Mark: “He’s here all week. Alright, Nihal, get behind Bill and do Latvian!”
And sure enough, Nihal does his Latvian with the same line (“For Crying Out Loud, Donkey”), and Bill sells it. It’s hysterical.
Paul: “I think it’s 2 or 4…can we have both?”
Mark: “This isn’t an auction…”
Next Lines: “Just an old sweet song…”
Gary: “…what do we do now?”
Phill: “Be easy on him, Mark, he thinks he’s in Dictionary Corner…”
Mark: “Keep away, keep away…”
Nihal: “…from my onions…”
Mark: “Chicks and geese and ducks better scurry.”
Raghav: “Jacko’s on his way.”
Mark: “….YES. HE’S NOW A WILDLIFE MOLESTER”
(Though I was half-expecting “if you don’t want to end up in a curry…”)
Overall: Lighter but still really nice in parts- Gary was confused but still pretty game. Nihal and Raghav were both having a really nice time- Raghav especially was a HUGE improvement over his last appearance, and Nihal was wonderful as ever. Yeah, Paul was kind of quiet, but it wasn’t a bad show, just light on some jokes.
Best Regular: Bill
Best Guest: Raghav
Best Runner: Monkey riding a bike