YMMV / Bill Bailey

  • Awesome Music: "Human slaves... in an insect nation! AAAAH-AHHHHHH!"
    • If he's got any manner of instrument in hand, this probably will ensue.
    • A special mention for the note perfect chorus of Gary Numan's "Cars" played on a giant rack of rubber squeeze horns. And singing the whole thing in French.
  • Crazy Awesome: Very frequently.
  • Creator Backlash: During his stand-up, Bill says that he quit Never Mind the Buzzcocks to preserve his dignity, as he didn't want to keep having to do things like hum "Toxic" by Britney Spears to "some gormless indie halfwit".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Lunge Wildly at the Pope
    • Bill's frustration at the BBC for not playing the entirety of the snooker theme in Cosmic Jam "PLAY THE REST OF THE TRACK! They never play it!" is even more understandable these days with the entire tune being freely available on the web - it's a complete instrumental track and it's really very good. Although it never turns into Smells Like Teen Spirit.
    • And speaking of the Pope: Bill did his "Pope's Doorbell" skit back when the Catholic Church's resident Emperor Palpatine lookalike champion Benedict XVI was pope, playing off the utter absurdity of the situation. But now that we have Pope Francis, a mellow and by all appearances fun-loving pope, it's actually even funnier because there's something about him that suggests he'd totally be on board.
  • Memetic Mutation: "ROFLYSST," which stands for "rolling on the floor laughing yet somehow still typing," a chatspeak expression he thinks the internet needs.
  • Nightmare Fuel: According to him, The Magic Roundabout's theme music contains a section of this.
  • One of Us: He is a massive Star Trek fan, even going so far as to name his son Dax. Which was actually named after a childhood friend but you try telling the internet that.
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs:
    "TV writers, they often use "acid" as a kind of a shorthand for "wacky" ? they'll say something like "This sitcom, it'll be like Terry And June ON ACID! Imagine what that'll be like!" Yeah, I can imagine what that'll be like ? that'll be Terry examining the floral pattern on a plate for four days..."
    • He also once made the observation that the original theme music to The Bill was great because it was "subversive"... in that it was a reefer tune disguised as the theme music to a cop show.
    • And his own They Changed It, Now It Sucks moment on Room101 for the 'new' reworked Bill theme for being a generic 'pop' tune in 4/4 time when the original was in 7/4 time.


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