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** UsefulNotes/BorisJohnson's appearances ultimately led to him building up enough of a public profile that he became Mayor of London, which was still funny if a little terrifying. It stopped being quite as funny when he became one of the leading campaigners for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum on the matter, and his presence was credited as what ultimately swung it for the Leave campaign to win, throwing the country into a total meltdown of which Johnson subsequently washed his hands when he withdrew from the Conservative leadership contest. (It is widely believed that Johnson actually wanted the ''Remain'' side to win and was using the whole thing as a massive XanatosGambit to become Prime Minister which backfired on him.) Several of the show's writers and producers, as well as Paul Merton himself, have openly stated that they regret their part in Johnson's rise to fame.

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** UsefulNotes/BorisJohnson's appearances ultimately led to him building up enough of a public profile that he became Mayor of London, which was still funny if a little terrifying. It stopped being quite as funny when he became one of the leading campaigners for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum on the matter, and his presence was credited as what ultimately swung it for the Leave campaign to win, throwing the country into a total meltdown of which Johnson subsequently washed his hands when he withdrew from the Conservative leadership contest. (It is widely believed that Johnson actually wanted the ''Remain'' side to win and was using the whole thing as a massive XanatosGambit to become Prime Minister which backfired on him.) him - until several years later) Several of the show's writers and producers, as well as Paul Merton himself, have openly stated that they regret their part in Johnson's rise to fame.



** The 1995 episode where Hislop mercilessly picks on guest Paula Yates was viewed less favourably after she went into a downward spiral following Michael Hutchence's suicide in 1997, eventually dying of a drug overdose in 2000.

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** The 1995 episode where Hislop mercilessly picks on guest Paula Yates was viewed less favourably after she went into a downward spiral following Michael Hutchence's suicide in 1997, eventually dying of a drug overdose in 2000. In interviews however, Hislop insists that Paula Yates was not a "no-hoper" and capable of defending herself, otherwise he would not have gone on the attack.


*** Another disturbing and meta example was a [[http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/rogerb/jokes/HIGNFY.txt hoax transcript made in 1999]] brought up in the same episode purporting to be the record of some unsettlingly angry outtakes where Paul Merton furiously accuses Savile of child abuse, raping children in his caravan, and intimidating them to stay quiet. At the time it was pretty much nothing but a distasteful joke, but now each one of these charges has been pretty much confirmed it has become far more disturbing.

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*** Another disturbing and meta example was a [[http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/rogerb/jokes/HIGNFY.txt hoax transcript made in 1999]] brought up in the same episode purporting to be the record of some unsettlingly angry outtakes where Paul Merton furiously accuses Savile of child abuse, raping children in his caravan, and intimidating them to stay quiet. At the time it was pretty much nothing but a distasteful joke, but now each one of these charges has been pretty much confirmed it has become far ''far'' more disturbing.

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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-b20m33BK8 This]] joke about Savile from 1992.


** Also in [=S10E01=], Ian mocks Paula Yates for complaining about the media while courting it:
-->'''Ian''': It's terrible, bloody media intrusion. Look the camera's here, Paula! (Points at the camera)
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vILQhDGO8Xg This]] clip from [=S32E04=], in which Creator/RossNoble jokes about Jimmy Savile chasing terrified athletes, while demanding "a bit of hows-your-father" (sex). Pretty funny at the time, but after September 2012 when revelations of Savile's Sex abuse of underage girls became public, this turned very, very dark.... yet still pretty funny.
** [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xrk76a_hignfy-s17e07-jimmy-savile-diane-abbott_fun Episode S17E07, when Jimmy Savile appeared on the show.]] A number of offhand jokes and comments made by him are pretty disturbing in hindsight. An example is him being "feared in every girls school in the country", in reference to his failure as a wrestler. Given many of the sex abuse accusations stemmed from his visits to girls schools, this becomes far, far more sinister.
*** This was only compounded by him joking about doing "anyone he could get his hands on" while living in his caravan, when this was ''exactly'' what he has been accused of doing to underaged schoolgirls. S44E01 lampshades this, when they played this very clip and the audience cringed at the line.

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** Also in [=S10E01=], Ian mocks Paula Yates for complaining about the media while courting it:
-->'''Ian''': It's terrible, bloody media intrusion. Look the camera's here, Paula! (Points at the camera)
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vILQhDGO8Xg This]] clip from [=S32E04=], in which Creator/RossNoble jokes about Jimmy Savile chasing terrified athletes, while demanding "a bit of hows-your-father" (sex). Pretty funny at the time, but after September 2012 when the revelations of about Savile's Sex abuse of underage girls became public, numerous sexual assualts, this turned very, very dark.... yet still pretty funny.
** [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xrk76a_hignfy-s17e07-jimmy-savile-diane-abbott_fun Episode S17E07, when Jimmy Savile appeared on the show.]] A number of offhand jokes and comments made by him are pretty disturbing in hindsight. An example is him When asked about being "feared a wrestler, he quips "I'm feared in every girls girls' school in the country", in reference to his failure as a wrestler. country". Given many of the sex abuse accusations stemmed from his visits to girls schools, this becomes far, far more sinister.
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*** This was only compounded by him joking about doing "anyone he could get his hands on" while living in his caravan, when this was ''exactly'' what he has been accused of doing to underaged schoolgirls. S44E01 [=S44E01=] lampshades this, when they played this very clip and the audience cringed at the line.



* HarsherInHindsight: UsefulNotes/BorisJohnson's appearances ultimately led to him building up enough of a public profile that he became Mayor of London, which was still funny if a little terrifying. It stopped being quite as funny when he became one of the leading campaigners for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum on the matter, and his presence was credited as what ultimately swung it for the Leave campaign to win, throwing the country into a total meltdown of which Johnson subsequently washed his hands when he withdrew from the Conservative leadership contest. (It is widely believed that Johnson actually wanted the ''Remain'' side to win and was using the whole thing as a massive XanatosGambit to become Prime Minister which backfired on him.) Several of the show's writers and producers, as well as Paul Merton himself, have openly stated that they regret their part in Johnson's rise to fame.

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UsefulNotes/BorisJohnson's appearances ultimately led to him building up enough of a public profile that he became Mayor of London, which was still funny if a little terrifying. It stopped being quite as funny when he became one of the leading campaigners for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum on the matter, and his presence was credited as what ultimately swung it for the Leave campaign to win, throwing the country into a total meltdown of which Johnson subsequently washed his hands when he withdrew from the Conservative leadership contest. (It is widely believed that Johnson actually wanted the ''Remain'' side to win and was using the whole thing as a massive XanatosGambit to become Prime Minister which backfired on him.) Several of the show's writers and producers, as well as Paul Merton himself, have openly stated that they regret their part in Johnson's rise to fame.fame.
** In the commentary track on the 2002 "Very Best Of" complication DVD of the first 12 years of the show, Merton and Hislop acknowledge all the jokes that couldn't be made now, particularly the ones about Princess Diana in the years before her tragic death.
** The 1995 episode where Hislop mercilessly picks on guest Paula Yates was viewed less favourably after she went into a downward spiral following Michael Hutchence's suicide in 1997, eventually dying of a drug overdose in 2000.



** A lot of jokes about sex/drugs made to or by Deayton while he was host take on a different tenor watching them now.

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** A lot of jokes about sex/drugs made to or by Deayton while he was host take on a different tenor watching them now. In the commentary for the "Very Best Of" DVD, Merton and Hislop have fun pointing these out, even making jokes about things like fake snow falling on Angus ("What's all that white stuff falling on Angus?" "He just chucked away about 80 quid's worth there")


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** Angus Deayton. Depending on your viewpoint. There are those who think the Deayton years are untouchable and superior in quality, whereas there are some who think the guest-hosted years allowed for more variety and gave the show a much needed shot in the arm.

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** Angus Deayton. Depending on your viewpoint. There are those who think the Deayton years are untouchable and superior in quality, whereas there are some who think the guest-hosted years allowed for more variety and gave the show a much needed shot in the arm.



** To quite a few people, Godfrey Bloom, although see BaseBreaker.


** Angus Deayton. Depending on your viewpoint, he was a good part of the show or it got better after he left.

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** Angus Deayton. Depending on your viewpoint, he was a good part of viewpoint. There are those who think the Deayton years are untouchable and superior in quality, whereas there are some who think the guest-hosted years allowed for more variety and gave the show or it got better after he left.a much needed shot in the arm.


-->'''Alexander Armstrong''': There's no time for the proposed 10% increase in cider prices, so great news for people in UsefulNotes/TheWestCountry, who are free to resume to local tradition of getting so smashed out of their skulls they end up voting Lib Dem.

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-->'''Alexander --->'''Alexander Armstrong''': There's no time for the proposed 10% increase in cider prices, so great news for people in UsefulNotes/TheWestCountry, who are free to resume to local tradition of getting so smashed out of their skulls they end up voting Lib Dem.



** Sadiq Khan MP is an odd example. His appearance on the show was generally regarded as subpar (and not in a SoBadItsHorrible way, just simply boring). However, he did gain some lost approval back by donating his programme fee to charity. It's probably also a curious note that after his appearance(s), his public profile has improved enough that he eventually even got elected as Mayor of London--much like Boris Johnson, but with less of the ill will.

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** Sadiq Khan MP is an odd example. His appearance on the show was generally regarded as subpar (and not in a SoBadItsHorrible way, just and simply boring).boring. However, he did gain some lost approval back by donating his programme fee to charity. It's probably also a curious note that after his appearance(s), his public profile has improved enough that he eventually even got elected as Mayor of London--much like Boris Johnson, but with less of the ill will.


* CringeComedy: The 6th episode of Season 54 hosted by Victoria Coren-Mitchell (normally a fast wit and host herself) has a remarkable amount of IncrediblyLamePun-themed punchlines (ex. using {{Music/U2}} song titles to refer to Bono's tax evasion allegations) within the host's teleprompter dialogue, to the point that [[{{Corpsing}} she herself was struggling to keep a straight face saying it]]--eventually joining in with some of her own. Even Paul Merton was incredulous at how the quality of dialogue went down by the end of the episode:
--> '''Paul''': "We're not finishing on that note are we?! That's done forever, that is!"



** One of the few cases where you can't make a joke about a group is in the case of abuse victims, as Creator/JimmySaville and Max Clifford have proved. Time will tell if this extends to Rolf Harris as well.

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** One of the few cases where you can't make a joke about a group is in the case of abuse victims, as Creator/JimmySaville Creator/JimmySavile and Max Clifford have proved. Time will tell if this extends to Rolf Harris as well.


** Sadiq Khan MP is an odd example. His appearance on the show was generally regarded as subpar (and not in a SoBadItsHorrible way, just simply boring). However, he did gain some lost approval back by donating his programme fee to charity.

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** Sadiq Khan MP is an odd example. His appearance on the show was generally regarded as subpar (and not in a SoBadItsHorrible way, just simply boring). However, he did gain some lost approval back by donating his programme fee to charity. It's probably also a curious note that after his appearance(s), his public profile has improved enough that he eventually even got elected as Mayor of London--much like Boris Johnson, but with less of the ill will.


* CringeComedy: The 6th episode of Season 54 hosted by Victoria Coren-Mitchell (normally a fast wit and host herself) has a remarkable amount of themed IncrediblyLamePuns (ex. using {{Music/U2}} song titles to refer to Bono's tax evasion allegations) within the host's teleprompter dialogue and punch-lines , to the point that [[{{Corpsing}} she herself was struggling to keep a straight face saying it]]--eventually joining in with some of her own. Even Paul Merton was incredulous at how the quality of dialogue went down by the end of the episode:

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* CringeComedy: The 6th episode of Season 54 hosted by Victoria Coren-Mitchell (normally a fast wit and host herself) has a remarkable amount of themed IncrediblyLamePuns IncrediblyLamePun-themed punchlines (ex. using {{Music/U2}} song titles to refer to Bono's tax evasion allegations) within the host's teleprompter dialogue and punch-lines , dialogue, to the point that [[{{Corpsing}} she herself was struggling to keep a straight face saying it]]--eventually joining in with some of her own. Even Paul Merton was incredulous at how the quality of dialogue went down by the end of the episode:

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* CringeComedy: The 6th episode of Season 54 hosted by Victoria Coren-Mitchell (normally a fast wit and host herself) has a remarkable amount of themed IncrediblyLamePuns (ex. using {{Music/U2}} song titles to refer to Bono's tax evasion allegations) within the host's teleprompter dialogue and punch-lines , to the point that [[{{Corpsing}} she herself was struggling to keep a straight face saying it]]--eventually joining in with some of her own. Even Paul Merton was incredulous at how the quality of dialogue went down by the end of the episode:
--> '''Paul''': "We're not finishing on that note are we?! That's done forever, that is!"


** At one point, Alexander Armstrong discusses a party he ended up at where people such as Tony Blair were present, which caues Ian to snark "well, that cleaned it up". He follows this up asking whether certain people such as Harold Shipman (a real life DeadlyDoctor and SerialKiller) or Creator/JimmySavile (now a known paedophile) livened it up with entertainment such as karaoke.

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** At one point, Alexander Armstrong discusses a party he ended up at where people such as Tony Blair were present, which caues Ian to snark "well, that cleaned it up". He follows this up asking whether certain people such as Harold Shipman (a real life DeadlyDoctor and SerialKiller) or Creator/JimmySavile (now a known paedophile) child abuser) livened it up with entertainment such as karaoke.



*** Another disturbing and meta example was a [[http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/rogerb/jokes/HIGNFY.txt hoax transcript made in 1999]] brought up in the same episode purporting to be the record of some unsettlingly angry outtakes where Paul Merton furiously accuses Savile of paedophilia, raping children in his caravan, and intimidating them to stay quiet. At the time it was pretty much nothing but a distasteful joke, but now each one of these charges has been pretty much confirmed it has become far more disturbing.

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*** Another disturbing and meta example was a [[http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/rogerb/jokes/HIGNFY.txt hoax transcript made in 1999]] brought up in the same episode purporting to be the record of some unsettlingly angry outtakes where Paul Merton furiously accuses Savile of paedophilia, child abuse, raping children in his caravan, and intimidating them to stay quiet. At the time it was pretty much nothing but a distasteful joke, but now each one of these charges has been pretty much confirmed it has become far more disturbing.



** Some of the older jokes about Max Clifford are less funny to some, since Clifford was convicted of paedophilia in 2014.
** Also in 2014, Rolf Harris was convicted of paedophilia, making his appearance as a guest host considerably less funny - not least because the episode contains references to virtually everything he's known for (from a "Cartoon Club" based round to leading the audience in a rendition of "Two Little Boys") and is a reminder of how much cultural history a serial sexual predator was part of.

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** Some of the older jokes about Max Clifford are less funny to some, since Clifford was convicted of paedophilia child abuse in 2014.
** Also in 2014, Rolf Harris was convicted of paedophilia, child abuse, making his appearance as a guest host considerably less funny - not least because the episode contains references to virtually everything he's known for (from a "Cartoon Club" based round to leading the audience in a rendition of "Two Little Boys") and is a reminder of how much cultural history a serial sexual predator was part of.



** The running gag about Angus shagging Merton's wife Caroline after Angus was reported to have paid a Caroline Martin (Paul's real last name) for sex.

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** The running gag about Angus shagging Merton's wife Caroline after Angus was reported to have paid a Caroline Martin (Paul's real last name) (Paul Merton's legal surname) for sex.



** Countless jokes over the years about the Lib Dems never being able to get into power, when they finally managed it in 2010 (as part of a coalition government).

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** Countless jokes over the years about the Lib Dems LibDems never being able to get into power, when they finally managed it in 2010 (as part of a coalition government).



** One of the few cases where you can't make a joke about a group is in the case of paedophilia victims, as Creator/JimmySaville and Max Clifford have proved. Time will tell if this extends to Rolf Harris as well.

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** One of the few cases where you can't make a joke about a group is in the case of paedophilia abuse victims, as Creator/JimmySaville and Max Clifford have proved. Time will tell if this extends to Rolf Harris as well.


* SoBadItsGood: Some of the guest hosts are this, especially BorisJohnson and Creator/BrianBlessed. Easily flustered and/or unable to read the scripted material from the autocue convincingly, and yet never anything less than hugely entertaining to watch.

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* SoBadItsGood: Some of the guest hosts are this, especially BorisJohnson UsefulNotes/BorisJohnson and Creator/BrianBlessed. Easily flustered and/or unable to read the scripted material from the autocue convincingly, and yet never anything less than hugely entertaining to watch.


* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The Norwegian adaptation of this this show, titled ''Nytt På Nytt'' has consistently been Norways's most popular TV show for several years.

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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The Norwegian adaptation of this this show, titled ''Nytt På Nytt'' has consistently been Norways's Norway's most popular TV show for several years.



** The joke about Iain and Duncan Smith being identical twins running a political party got even more amusing when that actually happened in Poland -- they became President and Prime Minister. (And now a FunnyAneurysmMoment now that one of those twins was the highest-profile casualty of the 2010 Polish plane crash).

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** The joke about Iain and Duncan Smith being identical twins running a political party got even more amusing when that actually happened in Poland -- they the Polish twins became President and Prime Minister. (And now a FunnyAneurysmMoment now that one of those twins was the highest-profile casualty of the 2010 Polish plane crash).crash.)



** Louise Mensch, née Bagshawe, did not prove popular during her two appearances. In the former she simply isn't funny. In her second appearance, she rants against the Occupy movement as being largely comprised of hypocrites owing to InsaneTrollLogic [[note]]she accused the protesters of all being {{Soapbox Sadie}}s who hypocritically supported capitalism's flaws simply ''for buying coffee'' from Starbucks once or twice- none of them knew about Starbucks at the time in terms of tax and in some cases they were simply using the toilet[[/note]]. This made her the topic of an epic rant, mostly from Paul and Danny Baker.

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** Louise Mensch, née Bagshawe, did not prove popular during her two appearances. In the former she simply isn't funny. In her second appearance, she rants against the Occupy movement as being largely comprised of hypocrites owing to InsaneTrollLogic [[note]]she accused the protesters of all being {{Soapbox Sadie}}s who hypocritically supported capitalism's flaws simply ''for buying coffee'' from Starbucks once or twice- twice - none of them knew about Starbucks at the time in terms of tax and in some cases they were simply using the toilet[[/note]]. This made her the topic of an epic rant, mostly from Paul and Danny Baker.



** In terms of guest host scrappies, Liza Tarbuck was deemed to be such a poor guest host that she was the only one to be left out of a Best of the Guest Hosts compilation entirely. Her appearances as a guest aren't so bad, but her hosting...

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** In terms of guest host scrappies, Scrappies, Liza Tarbuck was deemed to be such a poor guest host that she was the only one to be left out of a Best of the Guest Hosts compilation entirely. Her appearances as a guest aren't so bad, but her hosting...



-->'''Chris:''' [[TheCasanova Well, uh... that's]] [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre The Chrisy Special!]]

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-->'''Chris:''' [[TheCasanova Well, uh... that's]] [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre The Chrisy Chrissy Special!]]



** One of the few cases where you can't make a joke about a group is in the case of paeodophilia victims, as Creator/JimmySaville and Max Clifford have proved. Time will tell if this extends to Rolf Harris as well.

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** One of the few cases where you can't make a joke about a group is in the case of paeodophilia paedophilia victims, as Creator/JimmySaville and Max Clifford have proved. Time will tell if this extends to Rolf Harris as well.

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