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View Poll Results: Which QI regular panelists are the best?
Alan Davies 55 61.80%
Jo Brand 18 20.22%
Sean Lock 29 32.58%
Phil Jupitus 30 33.71%
Rich Hall 32 35.96%
Jimmy Carr 30 33.71%
David Mitchell 60 67.42%
Clive Anderson 8 8.99%
Rob Brydon 22 24.72%
Dara Briain 42 47.19%
Jeremy Clarkson 9 10.11%
John Sessions 2 2.25%
Other(fine, tell us who) 11 12.36%
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Old 10-04-2011, 08:57 PM
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Who are the best QI regular panelists?

Poll coming.

I've limited it to those appearing more than 9 times. Arbitrary, I guess, but it seemed about right. Stephen Fry does not count, as he is the host.
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:04 PM
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Shoot. It should include Bill Bailey, too.

Mods, please feel free to edit the poll and add Bill Bailey. I left him off accidentally.
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:24 PM
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I like most of the regulars. The only glaring exception is that I don't care for Jo Brand. IMO she's too predictable, which is especially glaring on a show like QI. I think it was the last time she was on, she got the klaxons three or four times for making jokes that the staff anticipated.
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:43 PM
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Hmm I very much like Sean Lock, his stand up I don't find so funny actually but on QI I find him hilarious, he's much better suited to that format.

Oh and Bill Bailey is excellent, the worst I reckon is, maybe Rich Hall, I find him a little awkward and for some reason Stephen reacts differently to him than the other panellists, if you've noticed?

Jeremy Clarkson, should not be on the poll imo. I can't stand him.
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:56 PM
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I'm not sure Alan Davies should be in this poll--he's as much an essential part of the show as Stephen Fry.

That said, I went with Alan, Rich Hall, and David Mitchell. I adore Rich Hall's deadpan and Mitchell's rants, but I'm seldom disappointed with any of the regulars.
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:57 PM
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Jeremy Clarkson, should not be on the poll imo. I can't stand him.
I agree, but he appeared enough to warrant entry. I rather assume he's the "loser" of the poll.

My favorite is David Mitchell, by the way. I also like Johny Vegas, who only has appeared a few times, but is highly memorable.
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:10 PM
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It was a toss up between David Mitchell and Dara O'Briain. In the end I went with David Mitchell.

ETA: I'm not sure Alan Davies should be on the list, since he's in every episode. But not my poll, so not my decision.

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Old 10-04-2011, 10:11 PM
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I like Phill Jupitus and David Mitchell the most, I think, though there have been a few of the newer, less regulars that I like, such as Sandi Toksvig.
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Old 10-04-2011, 11:40 PM
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Whuffo' no linky to the excellent "I love Q.I." thread from a couple of months ago?

And I voted for all my faves plus the "Other" category so I could mention Bill Bailey and Sandi Toksvig.
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Old 10-05-2011, 01:39 AM
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Adding to the love for Sandi Toksvig.

Phil Jupitus isn't tremendously funny on his own but he usually manages to get a reaction from Stephen, which is good enough to qualify as one of my favorites. Dara O'Briain is just excellent - he's got the experience to understand what makes panel shows really work, and IMO he always perks up the show.

And Alan Davies is definitely as essential to the show as Stephen Fry. I don't think either of them could be replaced without fundamentally changing the show. You've got to be smart and quick on your feet to manage to play that dumb.
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Old 10-05-2011, 01:48 AM
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Well, top of my list has to be Bill Bailey. (Saw him in NYC last month-the most I've laughed in years.)

Dara Briain would be next as I adore him. I also think David and Jimmy are great. And Phil. And I'm a fan of Sandi Toksvig as well.


It's so hard to choose!
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Old 10-05-2011, 04:42 AM
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I voted "David Mitchell" (who I also love for his short rants show) and "Other" for Bill Bailey.
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Old 10-05-2011, 04:59 AM
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Personally I find Rich Hall hilarious. The Otis Lee Crenshaw schtick is a bit annoying but he's good on QI, and every day that takes him further away from Sniglets is a blessing.

And Dara Briain is funny everywhere.
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:17 AM
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Whuffo' no linky to the excellent "I love Q.I." thread from a couple of months ago?
You do realize that was my thread also, right?

Remember, folks, you can vote for multiple people. I voted for at least 5 or 6 of them.
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:19 AM
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I voted "David Mitchell" (who I also love for his short rants show) and "Other" for Bill Bailey.
David is also funny on Would I Lie to You.
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:21 AM
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I like most of the regulars. The only glaring exception is that I don't care for Jo Brand. IMO she's too predictable, which is especially glaring on a show like QI. I think it was the last time she was on, she got the klaxons three or four times for making jokes that the staff anticipated.
Her deck chair story does make me laugh, though. I feel so bad for her, but she has a good sense of humor about her weight.
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:22 AM
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David is also funny on Would I Lie to You.
Oh, I know - and also Mitchell and Webb. But the reason I love him on QI is his rants, which the Soapbox is more of.
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Oh, I know - and also Mitchell and Webb. But the reason I love him on QI is his rants, which the Soapbox is more of.
Love the soapbox ones.

Is the Mitchell and Webb Look show funny? I see it is on Netflix instant viewing and am curious about it.
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Old 10-05-2011, 09:19 AM
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I found myself wanting to click nearly everybody so I arbitrarily decided to restrict myself to 4.

David Mitchell
Rich Hall
Dara O' Briain
Sean Lock

I'd have probably put Sandi Toksvig instead of Sean Lock if she were in the poll, or if I could have remembered her name before reading other posters responses.
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Old 10-05-2011, 09:35 AM
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I'd have probably put Sandi Toksvig instead of Sean Lock if she were in the poll, or if I could have remembered her name before reading other posters responses.
She's ok. I don't look forward to any episodes with her, though. She has made me laugh a few times.

There are new Would I Lie to You episodes, by the way, folks. I youtubed them(but won't link to them).
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Old 10-05-2011, 02:30 PM
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You do realize that was my thread also, right?
Yup I do, and wanted to re-read it before voting so I could make sure I didn't leave out any of my most beloveds in the "Other" category. So I found it myself and made a link here for you, 'cuz you're nice.

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Is the Mitchell and Webb Look show funny?
I think it's extremely funny, although the Sherlock Holmes sketch from the last episode of the most recent series is something only the coldly satanic creative spirit of David Mitchell could have conceived. There's twenty minutes of my life, curled up in a ball and weeping into the carpet, that I'll never get back.*

Honestly though, I think the earlier TV version The Mitchell and Webb Situation and the original radio version That Mitchell and Webb Sound are in many respects even funnier than the Look, and the Look re-uses and adapts various parts of their material.





* Mind you, David Mitchell as a person is probably a perfectly nice guy, I wouldn't know. But IMHO, as an artist he conceals beneath that lovably self-deprecating blustering-bookish-nerd persona an almost sadistic delight in laying bare a devastating truth. I frankly find him somewhat terrifying and shall watch his future career with considerable interest.
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Old 10-05-2011, 03:28 PM
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I voted for all of them. I love them all and would prefer any of them to any other random guest. Except maybe Hugh Laurie.
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Old 10-05-2011, 03:43 PM
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Alan Davis
Rich Hall
David Mitchell
Dara O'Brian

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Clever and smart

It's a good combo.
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Old 10-05-2011, 06:44 PM
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I voted for all of them. I love them all and would prefer any of them to any other random guest. Except maybe Hugh Laurie.
Hugh Laurie was on the first episode, for those who didn't know.
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Old 10-05-2011, 07:34 PM
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Hugh Laurie was on the first episode, for those who didn't know.
It's a shame he isn't on more. I guess House takes his time. I've never even seen House; I only know him from.....Blackadder and his stuff with Stephen Fry.
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Old 10-05-2011, 07:36 PM
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I like most of the regulars. The only glaring exception is that I don't care for Jo Brand. IMO she's too predictable, which is especially glaring on a show like QI. I think it was the last time she was on, she got the klaxons three or four times for making jokes that the staff anticipated.
Shit, compared to John Sessions? The guy put the PRETENTIOUS in "pretentious".

Fuck I hate him.

Other than that, Johnny Vegas, who also sucks.

Everyone else I'm generally satisfied with, though Lock, Carr, and Mitchell are usually the best.

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Old 10-05-2011, 07:40 PM
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Love the soapbox ones.

Is the Mitchell and Webb Look show funny? I see it is on Netflix instant viewing and am curious about it.
It's extremely funny. And don't forget Peep Show. On it Mitchell plays a character that's basically what David Mitchell would be if he didn't have the balls to rant.


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I think it's extremely funny, although the Sherlock Holmes sketch from the last episode of the most recent series is something only the coldly satanic creative spirit of David Mitchell could have conceived. There's twenty minutes of my life, curled up in a ball and weeping into the carpet, that I'll never get back.*
Huh? Is that the one with the dueling egos, or is there something I'm not aware of?


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Huh? Is that the one with the dueling egos, or is there something I'm not aware of?
Nevermind, I couldn't get the fog to clear.

I still can't figure out of Mitchell and Webb are coming back for a fifth year.

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Is the Mitchell and Webb Look show funny? I see it is on Netflix instant viewing and am curious about it.
Yes. Cite. Cite. Cite.
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:05 PM
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Hugh Laurie was on the first episode, for those who didn't know.
He actually sort of sucked on that one, too. He didn't do bad he just barely said anything. But I would still love to see him on any time. He can't possibly be bad!
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:10 PM
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I voted Alan Davies, David Mitchell, Jimmy Carr, and Rob Brydon. I would have gone for Bill Bailey if he'd been up there or I'd remembered about him.

A big thank you, by the way, to the people from the previous thread who pointed me towards Would I Lie To You?. It is absolutely amazing. Mitchell, Brydon, and Lee Mack are all phenomenal on it, and some of the stories are the funniest things I've ever heard in my life.

a) accidentally buying a horse
b) Ruth Jones and her pet turtle
c) the stolen tent
d) pretty much every single lie told by David and Lee

Just excellent. I only wish there were more episodes available.
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:33 PM
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Hugh Laurie was on the first episode, for those who didn't know.
He actually sort of sucked on that one, too. He didn't do bad he just barely said anything. But I would still love to see him on any time. He can't possibly be bad!
He may have said more than we think: as other posters pointed out in the abovelinked "I love Q.I." thread, each episode takes two hours plus or thereabouts to film and is then edited down to about 30 min. for the regular version and 45 for the XL.

Laurie might have been brilliant and hilarious in some segments that we just never saw because the editors decided that other pieces of dialogue worked better as a coherent episode.

That said, though, I get the impression that Laurie has an overall preference for performing with scripted material and isn't really interested in the panel show/improv type of stuff.

Plus, AFAICT he may be in the "Too Big For That" category now. I don't quite understand how that works, but British (in particular) actors and comedians seem to have some kind of subtle caste system where if you've become a big enough star, you no longer bother with minor appearances on things like panel shows or guest spots on drama or comedy series, although you can do cameos in movies and interviews on talk shows.

(Stephen Fry himself is still pretty eclectic about his choice of gigs, but then he's a self-described "shameless whore" in his professional life and will take any job that appeals to him whether it's a bit declasse for this point in his career or not. And even Fry isn't to be found popping up here and there on panel shows like ordinary-mortal comedians.)

Whether that exclusiveness is a form of professional snobbery, or a gracious decision to leave more exposure opportunities available for the less established performers, or simply because the panel-show money is chump change for the big-name performers now, or some combination of any or all of the above, I couldn't say. But it contributes to my feeling of confidence in predicting that we aren't going to see Hugh Laurie on QI again, unless perhaps they have some major-milestone special in honor of Fry or something. Of course, I'd be happy to be wrong about that!
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:39 PM
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Limiting myself to just four to create a panel...

Alan Davies: Really shouldn't be in the poll, but you can't really have the show without him.
Dara O'Brian: Great panel person. I guess Mock the Week keeps him on his toes.
David Mitchell: Wind him up and watch him go.
Rob Brydon: Good interplay with other panelists and also good at winding Stephen up without being as obvious about it as Phil Jupitus. He was the catalyst for,"They say of the Acropolis where the Parthenon is..."

If Alan Davies is removed, I'd have to chose between Rich Hall (who does a great Cloud Cukoolander) and Bill Bailey.

Be surprised if anyone picked Sessions...
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:42 PM
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A big thank you, by the way, to the people from the previous thread who pointed me towards Would I Lie To You?. It is absolutely amazing.
By the way, for a slightly different approach to a quiz show but a lot of similar hilarity from a lot of the same people (plus a number of other people, some of whom I found myself liking just as much), check out the two-hour annual episodes of "The Big Fat Quiz of the Year" hosted every holiday season by Jimmy Carr.

The quiz part itself won't be that enjoyable if you're not up on (mostly) British current events and celebrity trivia, which I'm not, but the participants are plenty of fun even if I have no clue what they're talking about.
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Old 10-05-2011, 11:40 PM
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Rob Brydon: Good interplay with other panelists and also good at winding Stephen up without being as obvious about it as Phil Jupitus. He was the catalyst for,"They say of the Acropolis where the Parthenon is...".
I would say it was Jimmy Carr, actually.
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a) accidentally buying a horse
b) Ruth Jones and her pet turtle
c) the stolen tent
d) pretty much every single lie told by David and Lee
Have you seen the tour de force of Vic Reeves and his sausage tasting job?
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Yes. Cite. Cite. Cite.
The second one is my favourite. Just because of how early you know exactly what the punchline is going to be, yet because of the timing and delivery it's still hilarious.

I've gone for Alan Davies, obviously, David Mitchell and Dara, for the same reason that they're both very entertaining and get the whole format, plus they're also quite knowledgeable. I was quite concerned when Ross Noble first turned up on it, since I didn't think his humour would really work, but he was pretty great. Also he has experience from doing a few Australian panel shows.

Speaking of Ross Noble, how intelligible was he for you non-British watchers?

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Old 10-06-2011, 02:08 AM
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Oh my dog, this is brilliant.
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Speaking of Ross Noble, how intelligible was he for you non-British watchers?
Not all that bad, you just have to actually pay attention while watching. As opposed to Vegas, who is pretty much incomprehensible most of the time.

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* Mind you, David Mitchell as a person is probably a perfectly nice guy, I wouldn't know. But IMHO, as an artist he conceals beneath that lovably self-deprecating blustering-bookish-nerd persona an almost sadistic delight in laying bare a devastating truth. I frankly find him somewhat terrifying and shall watch his future career with considerable interest.
Have you seen his panels on 10 O'Clock Live, C4's attempt to do a British The Daily Show? The first series was a little unpolished, made worse by it being live, but I think with a little experience he could be a devastating interviewer / moderator.
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Speaking of Ross Noble, how intelligible was he for you non-British watchers?
No problem, though I have zero problem with anyone. I even follow Kevin Bridges(on other shows) with no problem, while some find his accent too hard to follow.
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:23 AM
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Speaking of Ross Noble, how intelligible was he for you non-British watchers?
Accent is fine, but I have been watching Shameless since the start so I can hang with a northern accent. But I totally disagree with him doing well on the show. He's a screen hog and does not shut up. Panel shows do much better if you say fewer but more clever things and let everyone else do the same. Noble just goes on and goes loudly and every show he's on seems like a waste.
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Have you seen the tour de force of Vic Reeves and his sausage tasting job?
No! Which episode is that?
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Speaking of Ross Noble, how intelligible was he for you non-British watchers?
I definitely have a hard time following his accent sometimes. Of course, it may be that I just get distracted looking at his hair.

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Have you seen his panels on 10 O'Clock Live, C4's attempt to do a British The Daily Show?
Why, no! Not yet, that is.... [wanders off]


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no! Which episode is that?
s02 e07.
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Old 10-08-2011, 03:42 AM
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I voted Alan Davies (couldn't really do the show without him - the one episode where he was 'transported' away sucked), David Mitchell, and Dara O'Briain. I also like Bill Bailey and Sean Lock, but not as much as the first three. Actually the only regulars I really dislike are Jo Brand, Johnny Vegas, and John Sessions. Sessions especially is unbearable, but it seems to me that he's been on less and less as time has passed.

Incidentally, for anyone who likes Alan, Dara, and Bill - all three of them have been on episodes of Room 101, which is another generally funny British show. It's not the same format as the panel shows, but it gives the individual comedians a lot of time to shine.
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Johnny Vegas was quite lucid in last night's episode (on insects and invertebrates).
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Johnny Vegas was quite lucid in last night's episode (on insects and invertebrates).
....and now I'm a little less annoyed that I haven't gottten to see it yet.

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Johnny Vegas was quite lucid in last night's episode (on insects and invertebrates).
Yeah, almost surprisingly so.
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Old 10-09-2011, 12:05 AM
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I just came to this thread to note that about Johnny lol
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