A 'quick' review of the QI live show that I attended last night with ACSarahAC.
The show took place at Her Majesty's Theatre and by the number of people that were there, I would say the show was booked out. There was various merchandise for sale - all at ridiculously inflated prices of course. I did fork out $20 for the programme as there were some lovely pictures in there.
I was very fortunate to have a front row seat. The panel was set up in a nearly identical manner to the TV show except it was facing straight on to the audience rather than curved in a semi circle
I took this dodgy pic on my mobile before I was promptly told off by an usher
I cannot tell you how excited I was when Stephen came bounding on the stage. As I was overseas the last time he came here, I thought I'd have to wait another 10 years before getting the chance to see him again!
We were treated to about half an hour or so of Stephen doing what he does best - talking! He chatted about the queen, his visit to Australia in the 1980's, Billy Conelly and a couple of jokes to top things off. Having watched so many interviews of Stephen, I am quite familiar with a lot of his stories and quotes but somehow he manages to make it fresh each time.
During the QI live tour, apart from Alan and Stephen there is a rotating panel of Australian comedians and nobody knows until that night who they will be. On that particular night we had Colin Lane, Cal Wilson and Red Symons. I understand that no one outside of Australia will be familiar with these names but believe me, they were well suited to the vein of the show.
Anyone who watches QI would have known the answers to the questions that were asked! Yes, all the questions were recycled but as we know, its not the answer that counts, its the response from the panelists and their interaction with the host that makes the show so enjoyable. I don't think there is anything nicer than having a theatre full of people belly laughing along with the performers! The woman seated next to me was laughing so hard at times that it sounded like she was having a fit!
Fluffettes you will be pleased to know that you got a mention from the man himself on stage! During a discussion about Norwich FC, someone in the audience let out a 'woot!' to which Stephen responded, 'Oh, that must be a fluffette'. I nearly fell off my seat!! I think if I had been sitting next to AcSarahAC, we would have squeed out loud
The show lasted for about 2.5 hours but as with any fluffette I could have listened to him speak for days and days!
Australia was very lucky to be able to convince both Stephen and Alan to tour with this show. I do hope that other places get to experience the QI live shows as well.
My only complaint which has nothing to do with the show itself but more the promoters, was the ticket price.Even for a full time worker such as myself, I found the prices to be very steep. To give you an idea, the prices ranged from $200 to about $100 for restricted view seats.
However, all thoughts of my bank account flew out of my head once we were at the stage door after the show.
Over to you AcSarahAC!