History Series / QI

21st Sep '16 5:27:41 PM Generality
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* RatKing: Discussed, along with Squirrel Kings, in "Kings".
23rd Aug '16 7:35:03 AM Whatactually
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** Gets a CallBack in the episode "Jobs", where [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvTBsduaDQM Stephen's popping balloons with a laser pen]].
---> '''Stephen''': I'm deliberately obviously- they keep shouting in my ear, "don't point it at people's eyes!" I'm ''not!''
---> '''Alan''': DON'T POINT IT AT THEIR FUCKING EYES! [[EyeScream IT'S FUCKING DANGEROUS!]]
18th Aug '16 11:59:47 AM fruitstripegum
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* CrazyCulturalComparison: Occasionally when [[{{Eagleland}} Rich Hall or Reginald Hunter]] is on. In the Series D Series/ChildrenInNeed special, subjects in the second half of the episode included ''WesternAnimation/TheClangers'' and Oliver Postgate; Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men; the [[EarWorm "Crazy Frog"]] [[MemeticMutation ringtone]]; [[BritishAccents Newcastle accents]]; and [[EurovisionSongContest Terry Wogan]]. Right before the end, Rich, having been silent for about ten minutes, buzzed in just to say, "Ever since the Clangers I've been lost. The last picture I recognized was the KKK, and that's pretty sad."

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* CrazyCulturalComparison: Occasionally when [[{{Eagleland}} Rich Hall or Reginald Hunter]] is on. In the Series D Series/ChildrenInNeed special, subjects in the second half of the episode included ''WesternAnimation/TheClangers'' and Oliver Postgate; Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men; ''WesternAnimation/BillAndBenTheFlowerpotMen''; the [[EarWorm "Crazy Frog"]] [[MemeticMutation ringtone]]; [[BritishAccents Newcastle accents]]; and [[EurovisionSongContest Terry Wogan]]. Right before the end, Rich, having been silent for about ten minutes, buzzed in just to say, "Ever since the Clangers I've been lost. The last picture I recognized was the KKK, and that's pretty sad."
17th Aug '16 8:35:56 AM Morgenthaler
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** Using this, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy evil Alan Davies]] manages to trick another contestant into a penalty.

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** Using this, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy evil Alan Davies]] Davies manages to trick another contestant into a penalty.
10th Aug '16 1:23:44 AM sotnosen95
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** By the by, [[spoiler:[[http://www.qi.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=11585&start=0&sid=c2b6336f6ff93a0cca673f08833d390c Apparently]] it's a [[ShapedLikeItself shelled slug]].]]

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** By the by, [[spoiler:[[http://www.qi.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=11585&start=0&sid=c2b6336f6ff93a0cca673f08833d390c Apparently]] apparently]] it's a [[ShapedLikeItself shelled slug]].]]



'''Stephen Fry''': ...Leading naughty children off a cliff.

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'''Stephen Fry''': ...Leading leading naughty children off a cliff.
9th Aug '16 2:17:08 AM radiaki
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-->'''Stephen''': I never thought that I'd see the day when Bill Bailey force fed [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%A9rard_de_Nerval Gérard de Nerval's]] pet lobster with Jerusalem artichokes.

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-->'''Stephen''': I never thought that I'd see the day when Bill Bailey force fed [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%A9rard_de_Nerval org/wiki/Gerard_de_Nerval Gérard de Nerval's]] pet lobster with Jerusalem artichokes.
8th Aug '16 5:11:13 AM radiaki
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* GenreSavvy: Witness any moment when Stephen Fry asks a seemingly straightforward question... only for an awkward pause to ensue as no one wants to give the obvious answer, because they think it's a trap.
-->'''Stephen''': What do you call a slug with a shell?
-->(''dead silence'')
** By the by, [[spoiler:[[http://www.qi.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=11585&start=0&sid=c2b6336f6ff93a0cca673f08833d390c Apparently]] it's a [[ShapedLikeItself shelled slug]].]]
** Also, players comment on how the obvious answer is often the wrong answer.
--->'''Clive Anderson''': Even I can work out that when you know the answer, never give it, 'cause it's always the one, it's the one they're hoping we'll say.
** A related phenomenon is people spotting the trap, but giving the wrong answer anyway, just to get it out of the way: Sue Perkins is particularly fond of doing this. Also, it's not unknown for people to give a "wrong" answer, expecting the klaxon, only to find out their answer is the correct one.
** In the Series G episode "Greats", Sean Lock deliberately gave an answer he knows cannot possibly be correct (or rather, not obvious-but-wrong, but inobvious and ''definitely'' wrong) to avoid setting off the klaxon.
--->'''Stephen Fry''': What was the ''lingua franca'' of ancient Rome?
--->'''Sean Lock''': Eh, Dutch.
** The contestants themselves wonder how far they need to take this trope, as one Series G episode had Stephen asking the team how old they were. Cue silence and an exasperated Dara Ó Briain wondering how the obvious answer could possibly be wrong. [[spoiler:The correct answer, by the way, is between seven and ten years, as the body's cells are in a state of constant regeneration.]]
** Defied to hell and back by Robert Webb in "Hypnosis, Hallucinations and Hysteria", where he repeatedly trips the klaxon with ''utterly delighted'' childish glee.
*** A contestant who's already taken a number of forfeits may also defy this, if they feel they have nothing else to lose. Jo Brand has, in a couple episodes, given answers specifically to trigger the klaxon after racking up a huge negative score.
** In series H and onward, the contestants would sometimes spot the obvious answer, with one announcing that they'll take the hit and get it out of the way.
** ''The klaxon'' gets in on this when it starts predicting what the panelists will say if they've said the same thing a few times. Namely, Rich Hall triggering it by answering, "which moon are we talking about?", and Jo Brand triggering it by answering, "my husband" (a RunningGag through [[AwfulWeddedLife her whole career]]).
*** The time she triggered it by saying "[[TakeThat Michael Winner]]" (a RunningGag ''that episode'') is ''not'' an example of the klaxon predicting contestant tendencies, however; the forfeits are set up ''before'' the episode begins. The reason it got triggered is because Winner had gotten food poisoning a few years back, and her answer ''that'' time was in reference to that incident.
** And sometimes, the panellists will question whether the question itself is valid. Sometimes, this will even be the case.
--->'''Stephen:''' Why are so many great men short?
--->'''David:''' ''[skeptically]'' Are they ''really?''
--->'''Stephen:''' David... you hit the nail on the head.
** In Series J, Stephen Fry started employing a rather evil trick of sneaking in these questions into nonchalant chats with the panellists:
--->'''Stephen:''' ''[casually]'' For evolutionary reasons, they stored the fish in their beak, assuming you believed in evolution, of course. Speaking of evolution, who was that naturalist on the ''Beagle''?
--->'''Phill:''' Charles Darwin, of course.
--->'''*KLAXON*''' [[AC:(What, Charles Darwin, you mean?)]]
** Using this, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy evil Alan Davies]] manages to trick another contestant into a penalty.
--->'''Stephen''': What would be the best way for Tarzan to get around the jungle?
--->'''Alan''': He gets around by swinging... what does he swing on, Greg?
--->'''Greg Proops''': Vines?
--->'''*KLAXON*'''
7th Aug '16 9:32:13 AM CorporalPie
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* SerialEscalation:
** In the episode "Kris Kringle", Stephen describes what punishments the Krampus has in store for naughty children.
-->'''Stephen Fry''': Santa gives good gifts to children, good children, Krampus' punishments for naughty ones include pulling hair-\\
'''Jo Brand''': It's not that bad.\\
'''Stephen Fry''': -swatting with chains...\\
'''Jo Brand''': Quite bad.\\
'''Stephen Fry''': ...Leading naughty children off a cliff.
6th Aug '16 4:31:21 PM Hadjorim
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** As well, for the first two series Stephen had cards with all the forfeits on them, to prove they weren't made up on the spot. Later series seem to rely on an honour system.

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** As well, for Alan Davis mentioned in a documentary, panelists didn't really know how to act when the first two series show was getting started. They didn't know if this was a serious quiz show and they should try to get the answers right, if they'd look stupid if they got it wrong, or if the points really mattered, etc. It was only later when people realized the show was more about being funny and interesting rather than being correct that it really hit its stride. Also at the start, presenter Stephen had cards with all Fry was not the forfeits on them, national figure he is now (the show itself contributing to prove they weren't made up on the spot. Later series seem to rely on an honour system.his growth in fame).
6th Aug '16 4:15:57 PM Hadjorim
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** Rory [=McGrath=] came off as awfully show-offy to many people during his first appearance. There was a question where they were asked the atomic number of a certain element, which Roy [=McGrath=] got right... and then continued to list off other atomic numbers without prompting. This was already on top of other things like listing off the Latin names of various animals. Sean Lock got annoyed with him and started to mock him relentlessly: "You're just doing atomic number wheelies now, aren't you?" Eventually even Stephen gets fed up with him, smiling and stating, "You are just ''beginning'' to try my patience now."

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** Rory [=McGrath=] came off as awfully show-offy to many people during his first appearance. There was a question where they were asked the atomic number of a certain element, which Roy [=McGrath=] got right... and then continued to list off other atomic numbers without prompting. This was already on top of other things like listing off the Latin names of various animals. Sean Lock got annoyed with him and started to mock him relentlessly: "You're just doing atomic number wheelies now, aren't you?" Eventually even Stephen gets fed up with him, smiling and stating, "You are just ''beginning'' ''just'' beginning to try my patience now."
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