Never Mind the Buzzcocks is a comedy panel game television show with a pop music theme, currently without a permanent presenter. It stars Phill Jupitus and Noel Fielding (from 2009) as team captains. The show is produced by Talkback for the BBC, and is usually aired on BBC Two. The title plays on the names of punk rock band Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the Bollocks album, and the pop punk band Buzzcocks.
The show is noted and known for its dry, sarcastic humour and scathing, provocative attacks on the music industry. It has also had some controversial guests throughout its 15-year run.
I don’t want to quote everything…I only need to share the basic of what Never Mind The Buzzcock is…for more detail, please go to wikipedia.org 😉
I discovered this hilarious comedy panel when I was really into David Tennant (I love him as the tenth Doctor in Doctor Who). I was laughing so loud in the middle of the night when I saw Never Mind The Buzzcocks – Doctor Who special.
At that time, the host was the handsome doctor, David Tennant and the panelist are (on Phil’s team) Benard Cribbins and Jo Whiley; (On Noel’s team) Jamie Cullum and Catherine Tate. It was freakin hilarious and I completely forgot that it was midnight and I laughed so loud and causing my father to shout at me 😉
Here’s series 23 episode 12…Doctor Who special:
After seeing that episode, I was intrigued and searched for more…mostly of celebrities I knew well acted as the host, like John Barrowman, Catherine Tate and Martin Freeman. Seeing 4 episodes made me an instant fan of the show…and of Noel Fielding!! So far I have seen more than 20 episodes in less than a month. Right now, I am aiming for ALL episodes with Noel in it but later, I will try to see them all.
There are basically 4 rounds in the show, but sometimes they inserted various guest themed quiz (like in Doctor Who special, they have Doctor Who related quiz for few minutes), the rounds are:
- First round basically has no name because it changed a lot in different episodes. Basically it’s a funny trivia of many musicians. As far as I can remember, I have seen one with 2 musician faces mix into one face, a connection between two bands, which items related to specific musician. This round is usually the part when they make jokes of the musician or anything else in between…this is the craziest part 😉
- Intros Round is also as crazy as the first round. The team’s captain and one of the panelist try to hum or make sound of a song intro while the other one tries to guess the title of the song. Some episodes, usually Christmas special, provided help for the panelist. To be honest, Phil often did great job in intro while Noel often made it worst 😉
- Identity Parade. They line up 5 people for each team to guess. They usually lined up musicians from the past…or people related to music, like the latest episode (series 26 episode 2), they asked which one is the Nirvana baby (the baby on Nirvana’s album’s cover)
- Next Lines. The contestants have to continue lines given by the host. Mostly of songs but sometimes they also did something else like quotes from books or from youtube comment.
People or celebrities/comedians who had and have been involved in the show are:
Simon Amstell (Series 19–22)
Guest presenters (Series 18, 23–present)
Phill Jupitus (Series 1 – present)
Sean Hughes (Series 1–10)
Bill Bailey (Series 11–21)
Guest captains (Series 22)
Noel Fielding (Series 21, 23–present)
What I like the most about this show is how the jokes are so similar to Indonesian daily jokes…I mean my friends and I often make such jokes. I can totally relate to their joke even when they are just making comment. Sometimes it was too sarcastic but still let’s just enjoy it as joke, like in real life we often make jokes of certain musicians. Some episodes are not as hilarious as others while some are too hilarious that make me laugh out loud, lol in literal meaning.
I haven’t felt bored with the show yet and will continue watching it excessively 🙂
As I have mentioned earlier, watching 4 episodes of the Buzzcocks have made me a fan of the show and of Noel Fielding…so, let’s talk a bit of Noel Fielding…just a bit, I’ll talk more about him on his own special post (if I have time to write it).
I first saw Noel in The IT Crowd as Richmond Avenal and he was one of my favorite characters in the series…but that was it. When I saw him again in Buzzcocks, his hilarity and shy smile won me over. I tweeted “I think I am beginning to fall in love with Noel” and if you follow my twitter, you know how often I twitted about him. He is my current obsession (apart from my dear Cillian). I love his jokes, his unusual dress and his smile.
You’ll be seeing a lot of him in my blog from now on 😉