This is the second round of my British Comedy quiz focusing on Panel Shows. British comedy has a multitude of panel shows to choose from, but for simplicity I kept it relatively simple and stuck to the most popular ones. (Or at least the most popular ones from the clientele of the pub) See how well you do. Just like last time, hover over the blanked out bits for the answers.
Question 1: QI was originally hosted by Stephen Fry, before being replaced by Sandi Toksvig in 2016, but what does QI stand for
Question 2: Which Panel Show first broadcast in 2005 has a name taken from a well known advertising tagline?
8 Out of 10 Cats (Whiskas cat food claim that 8 of out 10 cats prefer Whiskas)
Question 3: Which Panel Show is hosted by Jimmy Carr and is usualy broadcast in the last week of the year or the first week of the new year?
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year
Question 4: Who was the original host of the radio comedy show where contestants must speak on a given subject for 60 seconds without hesitation, repetition, or deviation?
Nicholas Parsons (Just a Minute)
Question 5: Frank Skinner hosts a show where guests can banish their top peeve, annoyance, irritation or worst nightmare, but who wrote the novel the show took its name from?
George Orwell (Nineteen Eighty-Four is the book referenced by the show) (Room 101 is the name of the show)
Sorry, again no sources for this round. But I’m sure Google can help you out!
This is one of first quizzes I wrote for my old local many moons ago. While they were uncommon back then, themed quizzes have definitely become more popular since then, back then I decided to go for a themed quiz just because I could. The theme I chose was British Comedy, I included rounds on Stand Up comedy, Panel shows, Price Phillip, TV and Radio shows, and a picture round where you had to guess the characters name. Thankfully it was a big hit and I’ve not looked back since. Without further ado, here is the first round, to see the answers just hover over the hidden answer and it should appear.
Question 1: Question 1. Which British Stand up Comedian got into hot water in 2008 by describing British Olympic Swimmer Rebecca Adlington as “someone who’s looking at themselves in the back of a spoon”?
Question 2: Question 2. Which two comedians caused a massive row also in 2008 after leaving messages on Andrew Sach’s voicemail live on air during a radio show?
Russell Brand, Jonathon Ross
Question 3: Question 3. Who turned to comedy after a divorce in 2004, using material from their failed marriage as part of their act. They went on to win the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Best Newcomer award in 2008?
Question 4: Question 4. Which popular stand up comedian has gone on to become an established actor with roles in Hollywood films such as “The Fifth Element” (1997), “Mouse Hunt” (1997) and “There’s something about Mary” (1998) among others?
Question 5: Question 5. Which comedian is best known for creating Channel 4’s “Bo’ Selecta!” and for his character Keith Lemon?
Unfortunately on this quiz I didn’t include any sources, but I’m sure if you do a bit of searching you will find the same ones.
I have to admit that there are few things I enjoy more than a good pub quiz. It is a great opportunity to socialise and have a few drinks with friends, enter into a friendly competition and with any luck learn something along the way. I believe a good quiz master should know their audience and should pitch their quiz so that there will be a good mix of questions which your group should know, those that make you think just that bit harder to debate amongst your team as to who is right, and those which frustrate you for that name just on the tip of your tongue!
I feel there are a few ways to judge how good a pub quiz is, one of the most important things is for the quiz master to have a good sense of humour. There will always be a bit of banter in a quiz and you have to be able to handle it, and of course throw in some humorous questions without going too far. A good quiz will also have a variety of rounds and topics. Everyone has their specialist subject, but nobody wants to do an entire quiz about Everton football club’s 1973 season. A good mix of rounds helps as well by introducing a variety of things to do or think about, but crucially not making it too complex. Don’t forget you are trying to lure well lubricated punters to the edge of their knowledge and entice them back next week for more. Not forgetting after the whole thing is over is to look at the spread of the scores, the closer the scores are the better the quiz is for the audience and the more competition and fun the teams will have had.
Over the years I have learned many absolutely useless facts at pub quizzes; for example did you know that Richard Gere’s middle name is Tiffany , that the well known seller of frozen fish Captain Birdseye also goes by the pseudonym Captain Iglo , or even that Jason Statham was once covered in oil as a Go-Go dancer in a 90s music video?  All of those facts are useless in real life, but in the world of the pub quiz they can be little golden nuggets of information which could see you winning. That is not to say that I have never learned anything useful, but these are the facts which come to mind after a few drinks. Maybe that’s State-dependent memory for you?
As well as taking part in a quiz, I love setting a pub quiz as well. I enjoy doing some research and going down rabbit holes to find a group of questions which can provide some entertainment, debate and maybe even some arguments. With any luck at the end of the day maybe someone might even learn something. Of course there’s always at least smart arse in a team as well, unlike some quiz masters who will take points away for being a smart arse, I’m always happy to have a debate about answers as I have been known to be wrong in the past. If you do like to have a debate about things, never forget that the quiz master is always right at the end of the day. (Even if they are wrong!)
Thanks to the lockdown we are now in, I have been building up rather a surplus of quiz rounds, so I thought I would post some on my blog here. With any luck they will be entertaining for anyone reading them and who knows, you may even learn something. So I will aim to post a new quiz or quiz round a couple of times a week to try and alleviate the fun of lockdown. I have tried to keep things simple with formatting and viewing the quiz on my blog should hide the answer until you hover over it, please let me know if you have any troubles. When I write my quizzes, I always like to make a note of my sources just in case someone wants to know more, so I will include some sources at the bottom of every post so like me, you can end up going down a rabbit hole if you have nothing better to do with your time!