An annual British event and comedy show which has appeared every year since 2004, taking the form of a pub quiz on the events of the year, with three teams of two celebrities as the contestants. 2007 also had a variant in the Big Fat Anniversary Quiz to celebrate 25 years of Channel 4, and in 2012 three specials focusing on The Eighties, The Nineties and The Noughties were made; two more Eighties and Nineties themed specials were also shown in 2013.Every edition has been hosted by Jimmy Carr, with Jonathan Ross (whose production company makes the programme) as a regular contestant;note The exception being 2008 on account of his involvement in the Sachsgate scandal the other guests change every year, but the more regular ones include David Mitchell, Rob Brydon, David Walliams, Russell Brand and Noel Fielding.Several editions are available on Youtube here.
Tropes featured include:
Actually Pretty Funny: Jack Whitehall recounts a tweet he received after he and Jonathan Ross presented an award, which he describes as "one of the most creative bits of abuse ever". He and everyone else laugh as he tells it.
Jack: 'Jonathan Ross is like a cyborg sent back in time to remind Jack Whitehall that he's still not funny'. Jimmy: Well done, trolls!
Animated Credits Opening: Each special opens with a cutout animation sequence depicting some of the year's (or decade's) major news and entertainment stories, often including the subjects of some of the questions.
Annoying Laugh: Jimmy Carr, as frequently pointed out and ridiculed by the guests and Jimmy Carr himself. He has described it as sounding like either a seal being molested or a goose being interfered with.
Jimmy: I don't believe anyone as pretty as Denise [van Outen] could tell a lie.
Black and Nerdy: Ayoade, who is of Nigerian descent, and can be quoted as saying:
I'm a nerd, okay? Leave me be.
Brick Joke: In The Big Fat Anniversary Quiz, David Mitchell explains that he and Richard Ayoade originally wanted to call themselves Team 3 if they were the middle team (just to be annoying), but they ended up sitting at one end, so they discarded that name and went with The Speccy Nerdy Fucknuts. Five years later, during the Noughties edition, David, now teamed up with Sarah Millican, was sat in the middle, and he immediately said that they wanted to be called Team 3.
Alan Carr, as is the norm for him. In 2010, he comments on a health warning advertisement and wonders if he's not just "having a really long stroke," as he has many of the symptoms (slurred speech, limp wrist).
Louie Spence, to an inconceivable degree. When asked about coming out to his parents, he said he was "born out," and said he came out of his mother's womb screaming "GAAAAY!"
Corpsing: James Corden at times couldn't stop laughing at the answers given by his teammates (Sean Lock in 2008, Jack Whitehall in 2012). And sometimes at his own answers. In 2012 he laughed to the point of tears at his own Susan Boyle joke, prompting Jack to protest "You won a Tony Award!"
The Cuckoo Lander Was Right: When a question, the answer to which was 'Giant German Rabbit', was asked, Noel and Russell were the only ones to get a point, due to their paying attention to silly news stories. Not only did they get that question right, they won the show that year as well.
Richard Ayoade. Viewers who know him as Moss might be surprised by how deadpan he is.
"Sorry, I just made the mistake of genuinely responding to your question."
Interestingly David Mitchell in the Channel 4 Anniversary edition, but of course, he was teamed up with Richard. He was all for winning the next quiz with no sarcastic answers, but that time he was teamed up with Rob Brydon.
Death Glare: In the 2013 edition of the Big Fat Quiz of the 90s, Jimmy Carr informs the contestants late in the show that the losers will be gunged. Richard Ayoade, whose team was trailing far behind, shoots him one of these.
Jimmy Carr: We've got a gunge tank, and you're behind, so buck up your ideas.
Richard Ayoade:I will kill you in your sleep.
Don't Explain the Joke: One question in the 2007 show was about what Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did that he described as an "Easter gift" to the UK. David Mitchell and Rob Brydon's answer was "he released seamen," which they wrote as an intentionally funny answer.
David Mitchell: We've made it sound like he jizzed.
Richard Ayoade and Gabby Logan. So much so, that they drew a line in the middle of their answers, with Gabby giving the proper answers and Richard the Cloudcuckoolander ones (occasionally they swapped).
Richard and Noel. While their senses of humour click together well, as Richard puts it:
Jimmy: Jonathan, what - those aren't your glasses. Jonathan: What you're looking at here is a masterclass in quiz psychology. When they look over here now, they see a movie star [points at Russell Brand] and a scientist. David Mitchell: I can tell there is no glass in those glasses.
Refuge in Audacity: Jack Whitehall and James Corden order a pizza in the studio, and when it arrives, reveal a bottle of wine behind their desk which they proceed to drink with it.
Retcon: A purposeful version: in 2013, when Wossy produces a turkey, Jack mentions that he and Corden ordered pizza "for everyone [as] a lovely gesture" in 2012, which is patently untrue, as he and Corden ate it by themselves and told the others to "get over it" when they complained.
Rob! Why have you elected to attack my apparel? I have these appurtenances and I look grand, and fine, and pleasant. Whereas you look like you've robbed C & A in an 'urry.
It's also common to have high-brow presenters reading from or describing something low-brow, such as Dr David Starkey describing Jedward as if they were a medieval legend, Sir Ian McKellen reading nonsensical passages from the "auto"biographies of minor celebrities, and Jon Snow describing the events of a song ("It transpired that she was just 'bluffing with her muffin'... witnesses later described her expression as 'unreadable'") as if it was a news story.
Peter Andre referred to The Da Vinci Code as "highbrow literature" without an ounce of irony (and what's more, then proceeded to ask the panelists a question about the film version). Noel Fielding was astounded at this and had a truly awesome reply when Jimmy asked if any of them had read it: "Get fucked."
Jack Whitehall and James Corden wore suits in the 2012 edition. Their response to the others mocking their suits? "It's a black tie event. We aren't the ones who look like dicks." Similarly, they later pull out a bottle of wine and enjoy it with pizza.
When they start singing "Call Me Maybe" (while still eating pizza), Russell Howard describes them as 'a couple of fucking lords rocking out the Pizza Hut'.
Squick: In-Universe: The ice-cream made from breast milk in the 2011 edition was this to Jamie Oliver.