As you prepare, celebrate (or recover from) the New Year, there’s really no better way than British comedy quiz shows.
I’m personally quite fond of The Big Fat Quiz of the Year and Quite Interesting (or QI). If you’re unlucky enough to not be able to find them on a cable package, you can usually find episodes on YouTube or elsewhere. (Though the latter means that links and video embeds sometimes goes away). Below I’ve embedded the holiday episode from YT, but also a short clip to give you an idea of what you’re in for.
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year is hosted by Jimmy Carr, features celebrities and comedians answering trivia questions about the last year in a “pub quiz” format, and is about as dryly profane as you’d imagine, and hilarious.
QI this season is hosted by Sandi Toksvig (it used to be hosted by Stephen Fry), and while it proports to be a quiz show, it often devolves – or really, evolves – into a freewheeling amusing roundtable discussion about obscure facts and knowledge.
Happy New Year!