Have I Got News For You: Ep. 5

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

George R. R. Martin

I don’t know why, but this week’s episode of HIGNFY was uncharacteristically tedious.

For a start, I was actually watching the extended programme, Have I Got A Bit More News For You, this being the only option left on iPlayer when I finally got round to downloading it. And while fifteen extra minutes of topical comedy can, it’s true, be an absolute delight, it can also drag a bit.

Perhaps it was the panellists. The guest host this week was Jack Dee, who is just unfunny; on Paul’s team was the occasionally funny but mostly just obnoxious Charlie Brooker, of Weekly Wipe fame; and on Ian’s team was Bridget Christie, a female comedian, which is unfortunate because female comedians never come off well on HIGNFY, mainly because they quite understandably object to the scriptwriters’ blatant sexism.

Oh, and the fact that the most exciting piece of news they could think of was something about the high-speed rail link didn’t help. I should’ve just watched Doctor Who again. At least then I could have made sarcastic comments about Stephen Moffat’s latest blunder. But being sarcastic about comedy just seems pointless.


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