YMMV / The News Quiz

  • Acceptable Political Targets:
    • George W. Bush fared very badly, usually represented as being intellectually about six years old (when describing him leaving a letter behind for his successor, Barack Obama, to read, they suggested he would leave behind the letter C. With a footnote: C is for cat). Sarah Palin took over this role starting in 2008.
    • Nick Clegg (Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrat party) is the current favourite target, with jokes usually around his credibility or conscience. Or rather lack of either since he formed a coalition government with the Conservatives.
  • Accidental Innuendo: A common reason for the choice of newspaper clippings.
  • Funny Moments: A panellist jokes about that Susan and Jeremy moving in together would be an interesting sitcom. "She, a crazy Scottish woman! He, her disgruntled political butler!" Sandi ad-libs "It's the Dyke Van Dick show!" and gives two points to herself for that. (Because Susan is a lesbian and Jeremy has a penis.)
    • When the panellists are reading out the clippings they've brought with them at the end of a 2004 episode, first-time guest Jack Dee announces he's chosen a cutting from "obviously a first-time listener". It's a funny picture.
  • Moment of Awesome:
    Jeremy Hardy: "I think we mistake sadness for depression, because life is basically sad, and its the failure to recognize that that leads to this sort of resentment and bewilderment [...] It is, it is, and [..] you know, people just suddenly think that the world owes it to them to be happy, and they're not happy and then they think well, why aren't I happy, and makes 'em angry and then they're depressed about the fact that they're angry and they're bitter about the fact that they're depressed, and this downward cycle; why don't they just accept that life is sad and cheer up, it's not forever."
    • Sandi confronting a group of misbehaving youths on a bus with "That will do!". They sat down and behaved for the rest of the journey.