Words Myte Bite

Funny can be whatever you want it to be. The Words and Musings of Paul O'Malley. Sort of a Blog!

23 November
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Just A Minute, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, or was that a News Quiz

I’m sorry I haven’t a clue, the BBC Radio comedy show which is currently hosted by Jack Dee. Mr Dee has big shoes to step into, those left behind by the late great Humphrey Littleton, whose timing was impeccable. I don’t think I ever heard him time a joke badly. Perhaps it was the jazz musician within him that allowed him to tap into the tempo of the show and deliver devastating punch lines over the years. It is great to see people expand beyond their usual niche market, this is exactly what Jack Dee is doing delivering as host on this show. The show with Jack Dee at the helm has worked. One may not ask for more.

The lament in the title of this piece comes from my personal regret that the News Quiz has finished for another season. Again BBC Radio 4 gives the world brilliant entertainment with Sandi Toksvig’s wit poking fun as required. Yet again the BBC have managed to have a great team backing the shows host. These people would brighten midnight at the north pole on December 21st! It is truely a great show.

Add these two shows to Just A Minute and you get some to see a brilliant pattern of terrific comedy. We still have the unique Paul Merton to play a foil to the works of Nicholas Parsons it is all good stuff. Sadly this year saw the demise of the brilliant Clement Freud one of the heros of the show who is sadly missed. Easy to identify with his unique voice and pacing, Clement Freud provided many years of entertainment for those who listened.

There have been many great comics of various genders in these shows over the years, for their efforts I can but offer a standing ovation!

In improv there is a saying that it is all about you and your partner. The players in the show may appear to play against each other but really they are partners with the hosts and audience. The real play is a team and the spectators do get to enjoy it.

It is my belief that there is not enough good solid comedy on radio. Then again maybe I am spoilt.