||Aug. 19th, 2005 10:10 pm|
Richard E Grant on QI... together at last...
QI ("Quite Interesting") is an alleged Quiz Show that is simply a vehicle for Stephen Fry's ego, primarily for him to take the piss out of the non-classically-educated Alan Davies (or "Stupid", to use Fry's personal name for him). Regular "contestants" include Bill Bailey, Phil Jupitus, and Rich Hall.
The purpose of the show is to avoid giving the commonly believed "correct" answers to any question, which are usually carefully designed traps. Contestants usually acheive this by talking utter bollocks in the hope of sounding convincing and interesting enough to gain some of the randomly distributed points. Very occasionally, some of them actually happen to hit the "correct" answer, which no-one in their right mind would need to know.
Since "predictable" answers are punished by huge points penalties (and right answers gain rather smaller positive scores), most contestant's scores at the end of the show tend to be negative - Alan Davies, who always loses, having hit a record of -75.
Sample questions include "What colour was the sky in ancient Greece?", "What is the largest living thing on earth?", "Who invented the telephone?" and "How many states of matter are there?". The show's theme tune is quite the worst piece of jingly elevator muzak ever inflicted on unprotected listeners, and may violate the Geneva Convention.
The show is an elistist, exclusionist and ludicrous farce, with no apparent redeeming features, a scarcely disguised excuse to glory in trivia and shamelessly mock those not "in the know".
As such it's bloody hilarious.
And Stephen Fry *so* fancies Alan Davies.
There's almost certainly some QI slash out there...
Is this a new series? Hopefully it'll be repeated on BBC2 in the autumn.