Season 1 Episode 1

Danny Baker, Hugh Laurie, John Sessions

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Sep 11, 2003 on BBC Two
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Danny Baker, Hugh Laurie, John Sessions
Stephen Fry and Alan Davies are joined by Danny Baker, Hugh Laurie and John Sessions to discuss some Quite Interesting topics beginning with the letter A.

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  • A very good start for a very good show!

    Ah, the first episode of a show that has made many a day for me. This episode featured Danny Baker, John Sessions and the magnificent Hugh Laurie. A new show for all. Well, Alan was in the pilot episode, but that wasn't exactly the same. They changed the set (thankfully), and the viewscreens were new. Alan seemed very surprised when, in the first question, when suddenly a painting came up. The buzzers were not the greatest ever, but they were creative already, with Alan's going from "baa" to "woof". "Woof!?" The final scores were classic QI: Anyone can win, but Alan will end last. There were a lot of great moments in here, with great guests - or should I say "employees"?. I must say, though, that I don't particularly like Danny Baker. But having Hugh Laurie there made up for that. Favorite moment:

    When Alan asked "Is that interesting enough for a point?", Stephen said no, but the audience didn't agree! I loved how they sided with Alan, even in the first episode. Hugh: "We're loosing it!" Favorite quote: Out of nowhere, though possibly inspired by his sheepy buzzer, Alan mentioned that he knows something about castrating sheep, with a little rubber band. Hugh had actually done it, and he me giggle with his "I've got one on at the moment!" Also great was this one. Alan: "Are there any Italian homosexuals in the room?" Stephen "My dressing room number is 315." A lot of gay humor, this episode. And for some reason, I like it. Favorite person:

    John "This man is clinically insane" Sessions has so many brilliant anecdotes to tell. Also interesting with his birthdays and death dates of famous people. Would have been annoying if he'd been proud of it, but he himself called it "a sickness", on which I can agree. Or maybe I'm slightly jealous because I can barely remember my own birthday. Also, John can look so embarrassed when he does something wrong. One question was for Hugh, but John new the answer and hit his buzzer. "I'm sorry, a spasm, I'll put it out. Just carry on. Forget I'm here." That was cute. Favorite QI factoids:

    Kiwi fruit uses more than its own weight in aviation fluid to get from New Zealand to Europe. A graphite pencil will go for 35 miles.

    Romans thought that buggery caused earthquakes. If it's done right... ;)moreless

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  • QUOTES (8)

    • Stephen Fry: Actually, interestingly, while double-checking this information on etiquette and Burma on the Internet, we came up with the extraordinary information that it's considered polite to express joy by eating snow and to send unwanted guests away by biting their leg, and normal behaviour to wipe your mouth on the sofa. This is actually true, the researchers were writing this down with great excitement about Burma, only to discover in the end that Burma turned out to be the name of a poodle belonging to the author of the website.

    • Stephen Fry: What would you do with a pencil and a lesser anteater?
      Alan Davies: Oh, hours of fun!

    • Stephen Fry: Carrie Snow, the American comedienne, said: "If god was a woman, sperm would taste of chocolate."

    • Stephen Fry: Welcome to QI, the questionnaire where the answers are much more interesting than the questions, but the questions are completely impossible, as I don't really expect anyone to get any of them right, I should be awarding points for being interesting along the way regardless whether the panel's answers are correct or even relevant. So, let just meet the panel who want to commit intellectual suicide tonight.

    • Alan Davies: (after being told that Adam was forbidden to eat sheep, but Noah was allowed) That doesn't make any sense, because Adam, there would have probably been a lot of sheep. But Noah's down to the last two sheep, and God said: "It's all right, if you fancy a kebab, have one on me?" And Noah said: "I'm not going to eat the sheep, God, you're out of your mind!"

    • (Stephen holds up fennel)
      Stephen Fry: Can you connect this with Italian homosexuals?
      Alan Davies: Are there any Italian homosexuals in the room?
      Stephen Fry: My dressing room number is 315.

    • Stephen Fry: Perhaps, you know, we should believe in Adam and Eve. Geneticists have established that every woman in the world shares a single female ancestor who lived 150 thousand years ago, scientists do actually call her Eve. And every man shares a single male ancestor dubbed Adam. It's also been established, however, that Adam was born 80,000 years after Eve. So the world before him was one of heavy to industrial strength lesbianism one assumes.

    • Stephen Fry: And, now, let's go - let's go back to our "actors" round. Which actor said, "One of my chief regrets during my years in the theatre is that I couldn't sit in the audience . . . and watch me"?
      Alan Davies: Oh, God, any of 'em!
      Hugh Laurie Well, actually, now, hold on, because I think actors do a bloody difficult job!
      Danny Baker Yeah.
      Hugh Laurie: And, you know, it's quite easy to sit there and, you know, sort-of...
      Stephen Fry: Fall asleep!
      Hugh Laurie: (laughing)
      Alan Davies: John Gielgud, I reckon.
      Stephen Fry: Yes. No, it's not, actually. There is a very good story, though, about Peter O'Toole, who was once getting drunk in his Celtic hell-raiser days in a pub in London, and, uh, they were throwing out time at lunchtime, and he said, "Let's go and see a play." And, um, one point, O'Toole nudged his friend and said, "This is brilliant. This is the bit - where I come on. Oh, bollocks!"

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