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fryfan20


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Posted Sat Oct 11th, 2008 9:02pm Post subject: Stephen Fry on Never Mind The Buzzcocks...
To be fair they didn't just pick on good Mr Fry though did they?

no they didn't just pick on him, everybody got there fair share.

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monochromeprincess


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Posted Sat Oct 11th, 2008 10:55pm Post subject: Stephen Fry on Never Mind The Buzzcocks...
Oh Mr Fry seems to get more and more adorable the more I see him!

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Granados


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Posted Sun Oct 12th, 2008 11:29am Post subject: Stephen Fry on Never Mind The Buzzcocks...
Phil Jupitus wrote this piece for the Guardian:


Fry's quirky delight
Two worlds collided last night when national treasure Stephen Fry stepped up to captain a team on Never Mind the Buzzcocks. The longest-serving member of the pop quiz's panel, Phill Jupitus, bears witness to the 'Fry effect'.

The mood of excitement around the production staff and crew was palpable. Somebody had finally managed to talk national treasure and greatest living Englishman Stephen Fry into appearing as a relief captain on the whimsical, if spiteful, TV pop quiz Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

This was a treat for me personally as I have appeared on Stephen's panel show QI - another Talkback production - about a dozen times, and as such I'm fully aware of how much he knows about the world of pop music. Not to mention his sense of rhythm or ability to hold a tune. This was going to be fun. I was going to win. Oh yes, I was.

My team consisted of Frankie Sandford from female pop group the Saturdays and heart throb du jour Dominic Cooper, still reeking of success from his silver screen turns in The History Boys and Mamma Mia. Stephen's team were the spaced-out Matt Schultz of Kentucky rockers Cage the Elephant and fabulous young comic Josie Long.

It was interesting to observe the Fry effect in action. It would be foolish to suggest he's not aware that his Google-like breadth of knowledge isn't just a tad intimidating, so he goes out of his way to make those he works with feel at ease. I've done TV with some showbiz boffins who gleefully use their advanced intellect as a stick to beat you with.

We convened for rehearsal, where we watch the video clips we'll be shown later and check that our exciting and trendy clothes don't strobe. Stephen and his team started cracking funnies as we sat there which made host Simon Amstell wheel round with a startled look: "No, no, save it for the show!" he yelped, and rightly so. Over the years I've seen an array of performers be fabulous at rehearsals, absolutely hysterical in the team room and positively own the make-up room before the show, only to lose all confidence in front of the cameras. But that wouldn't be happening tonight ...

The show was a belter. The audience screeched with joy on discovering Stephen was to be this week's guest captain. We recorded for two-and-a-half hours and the mood stayed buoyant and convivial throughout. Simon had some very nice "fake brainy banter" material which Stephen played along with.

As I watched, I realised that it's very difficult to have a bad TV show with Fry on board, hence his popularity. He straddles the twin worlds of entertainment and education like a chortling colossus and brings everybody around him and the audience into his singular world. Fry's interplay with the wonderfully dizzy Matt Schultz was priceless. Two men who had practically nothing in common gelled perfectly.

As you might imagine, the crowning glory of the evening was when Stephen and Schultz stood up for their intros round. Stephen had written some quite detailed annotations of what he would be singing and his meaty hands pounded out the rhythm as he squeezed his eyes shut and tilted his head with concentration. It was perhaps the first time I ever saw Fry anywhere close to uncertainty in what he was doing, which of course made it compelling. Schultz flailed around hooting the melody, eventually mounting the desk with unbridled joy.

As the longest serving member of the panel, it was gratifying to realise that you can be doing a job for 12 years and still be surprised and by what you see. Oh, and I let him win by the way.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/organgrinder/2008/.....-buzzcocks

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monochromeprincess


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Posted Sun Oct 12th, 2008 6:38pm Post subject: Stephen Fry on Never Mind The Buzzcocks...
Excellent! Thanks for that Granados, great article.

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Shyamz


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Posted Tue Nov 11th, 2008 11:42pm Post subject: Stephen Fry on Never Mind The Buzzcocks...
I thought he did rather well, I suppose his early "Who's Line" experience did served him well.

But Amstell's dreadful crawling attempts to make him laugh were embarrassing.

And when Fry corrected him on the pronunciation of the mythical squirrel character's name I loved how lost for a reply Simon was. He is a knob with no improv' skills what so ever, something I think the host of a show like that needs particularly as it has so many comedians a guests. Amstell just keeps cocking up and struggling to to be funny all the time.

But I agree Matt Schultz was pretty funny too.


Get Stewart Lee on as the host!

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whatonearth


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Posted Fri Nov 14th, 2008 1:43pm Post subject: Stephen Fry on Never Mind The Buzzcocks...

Get Stewart Lee on as the host!
That would be almost too much excitement for me to bear! Love that man.

Stephen was fine I think. I like NMTB, and I like Simon Amstell despite his meanness (a friend of mine described him as a gerbil that's all cute and cuddly but every now and then he'll take a nasty nip at your fingers). Did anyone see the one with Germaine Greer? She really held her own on that one, I couldn't help but warm to her instantly.

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monochromeprincess


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Posted Fri Nov 14th, 2008 6:55pm Post subject: Stephen Fry on Never Mind The Buzzcocks...

Get Stewart Lee on as the host!
That would be almost too much excitement for me to bear! Love that man.

Stephen was fine I think. I like NMTB, and I like Simon Amstell despite his meanness (a friend of mine described him as a gerbil that's all cute and cuddly but every now and then he'll take a nasty nip at your fingers). Did anyone see the one with Germaine Greer? She really held her own on that one, I couldn't help but warm to her instantly.

Yeah, I was shocked and a little worried when I saw she was a guest on there, but she and Simon were great

I have to say though the programme definitely feels like it should be coming to a close, as much as I love Simon Amstell and Phill Jupitus (he hardly ever says anything these days - seems to be, to me anyway, a little tired of it all), but I think the format is definitely on its last legs. It's hard to say why some things live and others don't; Have I Got News For You has been going just as long, if not longer, and that is still as brilliant as it ever has been. I think though, if you lose someone as integral as Bill Bailey from a show like that it is bound to wound the show (even if it can be picked up like guest hosts have with HIGNFY or Amstell with Buzzcocks) and I'm not sure they can get back from it. I mean it'd be like losing Paul Merton from HIGNFY - it would never be as good again.

mp xxxx

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gadgetgirl


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Posted Fri Nov 14th, 2008 7:51pm Post subject: Stephen Fry on Never Mind The Buzzcocks...


I have to say though the programme definitely feels like it should be coming to a close, as much as I love Simon Amstell and Phill Jupitus (he hardly ever says anything these days - seems to be, to me anyway, a little tired of it all), but I think the format is definitely on its last legs. It's hard to say why some things live and others don't; Have I Got News For You has been going just as long, if not longer, and that is still as brilliant as it ever has been. I think though, if you lose someone as integral as Bill Bailey from a show like that it is bound to wound the show (even if it can be picked up like guest hosts have with HIGNFY or Amstell with Buzzcocks) and I'm not sure they can get back from it. I mean it'd be like losing Paul Merton from HIGNFY - it would never be as good again.

mp xxxx I was wondering about them ending it, just doing a really outrageous last series with some really really good guests and going out with a bang.

I'm also not overly sure about HIGNFY actually. The first two eps in the latest series were a little ropey (even Paul Merton made a sarky comment about it not being funny at one point). Thankfully Tom and Jo Brand meant the next two were much much better.

That would be me.

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whatonearth


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Posted Sat Nov 15th, 2008 4:26am Post subject: Stephen Fry on Never Mind The Buzzcocks...
It's probably always been like this and I just haven't noticed, but HIGNFY seems to rely an awful lot on making jokes about people's appearance etc, which is a bit cheap and gets a bit boring after a while. Satire seems to be the most popular form of comedy at the moment (not that I've done a study or anything...) which could just mean that it takes a lot more to impress than it used to.

I think perhaps the problem with NMTB is what they would be able to get away with doing now. Panel shows usually rely on a good variety of guests as well, so if you can't get the decent guests then the show isn't going to be all that great either.

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Shyamz


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Posted Wed Nov 19th, 2008 6:54pm Post subject: Stephen Fry on Never Mind The Buzzcocks...
Oh I don't know, people seemed to inexplicably love Sean Hughes, but they took to Bill Bailey as his replacement very quickly (then again it's hard to see how unfunny someone is sometimes until they are suddenly compared to someone brilliant like Bailey, so they were obviously going to be pleasantly surprised).

It's no coincidence the show managed so well for so long, and only started to seem a little old and tired when Amstell got involved...

...he's going to kill it, like Fearne Cotton killed Top Of The Pops.

As for HIGNFY, I think it's a bit like Last Of The Summer Wine and Songs Of Praise now, most people don't like it, but the Beeb are to scarred to get rid of it because of the few people who'd relentlessly complain (well, except there are more people who like HIGNFY).

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WhyGenTom


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Posted Thu Nov 20th, 2008 4:08am Post subject: Stephen Fry on Never Mind The Buzzcocks...
As for HIGNFY, I think it's a bit like Last Of The Summer Wine and Songs Of Praise now, most people don't like it, but the Beeb are to scarred to get rid of it because of the few people who'd relentlessly complain (well, except there are more people who like HIGNFY).

I think HIGNFY's viewing figures are still around the 6-7mil mark. But then again this is the same BBC that wouldn't invest in a new series of Red Dwarf which hit 8mil figures in it's last episode 10 years ago so who knows what they think haha. As for Buzzcocks I think there's a certain crowd that doesn't particularly enjoy but still watches it... myself included. The old Lamarr/Bailey days were great for that show, but it does feel like watching a car crash nowadays. A bit like They Think It's All Over when Nick Hancock and Jonathon Ross left it, had a brief spell of survival but ultimately it's just dying slowly lol.

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amyl_nitrate


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Posted Thu Nov 20th, 2008 9:24am Post subject: Stephen Fry on Never Mind The Buzzcocks...
I thought They Think It's All Over had been cancelled because it went down after the departures. I wish they'd do the same with NMTB it's just not the same. It's too depressing to watch now. Do they still make Never Mind The Full Stops? I liked that show but missed the last series.

Assuming direct control...

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