This installment of “So It Goes,” our maybe-popular summary-parody series, tackles the sensationally clever and humorous quiz programme Q.I., hosted by the lovely and sticky and gorgeous Stephen Fry. This is another of my favorites that I thoroughly enjoy, but can’t resist parodying.
So It Goes – Q.I.
A vaguely Jamaican-synth-elevator-muzak theme song is accompanied by some vaguely unexciting graphics.
Massive applause as we enter THE QI STUDIO!
Stephen Fry: Goooooooooooooooooo
this goes on for several minutes…
Stephen: …ooooooooooooooooooooood Evening! Good Evening! Good Evening! And welcome to Q.I.! Today’s episode is all about…..JAUTOMOBILES!
Erm….Stephen….I believe that starts with an “A”…..but we are in Series “J,” after all.
And it’s not the job of the italics to provide comment. Do continue. ^^;;
Stephen: And today as our guests we have the lovely Jo Brand!
Jo has a smug look on her face.
Stephen: The not-British Rich Hall!
Rich looks vaguely angry.
Stephen: Bill Bailey!
Bill gives the camera a wry look.
Stephen: and…..Alan Davies.
Alan looks goofy.
Stephen: So, now that I have introduced all of you and everyone has laughed at Alan’s novelty buzzer noise, let’s begin. Why do we not drive on the right side of the road in Britain?
A picture of an old man in a quaint British car driving along the road appears on the backdrop screens.
Alan: The Blue Whale!
Jo: My husband tried driving on the wrong side of the road once. And then he still complained about me not hoovering the room the right way…
Rich: Because you’re wrong.
The audience laughs hysterically at Rich’s joke, while he sits there with the same angry expression, totally deadpan.
Stephen goes into a lengthy explanation of the answer. All are amazed.
Stephen: Now, what animal….is larger than several large lorries?
Alan: The Blue Whale!
Wrong answer buzzers go off.
Audience laughs at Alan.
Alan: It had to be right this time, I thought….
Stephen once again corrects a succession of wrong answers with wit and grace. All are amazed.
Jo: My husband was a lorry driver once…
Things continue in this vein for a good twenty minutes.
Stephen: Well, everyone, it’s time for the scores!
Stephen tallies up the scores somehow. Alan places last. Stephen provides a witty quote and the programme ends, everyone feeling satisfaction at having learned many quite interesting facts (no pun intended).