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Mock the Week has to be the funniest programme on the entire BBC network at the moment. It's basically a comedy quiz based on events from the past week which have made the headlines. It's now been running for 5 years now (although it doesn't seem that long, but then again it is on Dave so it must have been) and is now in it's 8th series.
Hosted by Irish comic Dara O'Briain the show has two teams of comedians usually Hugh Dennis, Andy Parsons and Russell Howard and 3 other guests. Frankie Boyle used to be a regular but has left the show recently, which is a shame because he is hilarious.
The first round usually starts with Headlines in which everybody has the chance to basically say something funny matching the annagram on screen until ultimately Hugh Dennis comes up with proper answer.
The next round is Spinning the news, each of the contestants have to do a short stand-up routine on something which is picked at random by the on-screen spinner, the person who get the loudest applause usually wins the points for there team. Andy Parsons usually has me in stitches in this round and his facial expressions and tone of voice just make everything he says sound so funny.
Another game they play is what is the question. This is a turn around of the norm, where the contestants are given the answer and have to guess what the question is based on the answer. I used to think Frankie Boyle was the best at this round and came out with some outrageous answers, however since he has left Russell Howard seems to be really funny and quick in this game.
Well thats basically it for the game itself. You can usually catch the repeats on Dave or better still you can apparently go through the archives on the new MSN Video Player, similar to iPlayer.
Also available is two DVDs called Mock the Week to Hot for TV 1 & 2 which are also worth watching and have previously unbroadcast footage.
As said before it's easily the funniest programme on the BBC at the moment and would definately recommend it to anyone. Only disappointing thing is that Frankie Boyle is not on it anymore.
Dara O'Briain hosts the topical panel show, which makes light of the week's events. Like the title suggests, the aim of the show is to, more or less, mock the week that has been by making as many jokes as you can over the events.
Joined by regulars Andy Parsons, Russell Howard, Hugh Dennis and Frankie Boyle (who now has left the show, I believe), as well as a couple of guests, Dara goes through a series of rounds, each about a certain topic of discussion that's big with the news. Mixing in improv comedy with some Have I Got news For You type humour, Mock the Week was created by Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson, the same people responsible for the comedy game show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, which was famous for its games of improvisational comedy and its quick-fire jokes.
Some of the games featured on the show are:
Headliners - where the panelists are given an image and the first letters of an actual newspaper headline. The panelists then have to come up with a headline for the image.
Wheel of News - which has an endless amount of other names, where Dara "spins" the virtual wheel, each with a topic, and the panelists have to come up with some stand-up based on the what it landed on.
If this is the answer, what is the question? - the panelists pick one of a few subjects, and then are given an answer, which is usually a number (but can be anyhing, really) and they have to come up with a humorous answer for it.
Then there's Scenes we'd like to see, which is a lot like Scenes from a Hat from Whose Line, where the performers have to come up a little "scene" based on random topics Dara chooses.
I like Mock the Week more than other news-based panel shows. I think it works a lot more like an improv game show, like Whose Line was as opposed to just a bunch of people sitting around talking about things. I like Have I Got News For You, but it gets a bit long-winded at times. Mock the Week seems a lot more light-hearted, and is, after all, based for people in their 20s. I like the games, the panelists and the humour. Considering what it is, it's a really great, light-hearted jab at the news, and a fun half an hour spent.
Mock The Week is another comedy news panel show shown first on the BBC (the repeats are shown on Dave, so if you have never seen it there are plenty of opportunities). It has been suggested to be like Have I Got News For You and I can see the similarities. Out of the two I do prefer Have I got News for You (depending on the guests) as it doesn't have the same 'too thought out jokes' feel. That isn't to say I don't enjoy Mock The Week; I enjoy it immensely.
Mock The Week, as the name suggests, mocks the weeks news. It is hosted by Irish comedian Dara O'Briain with regular guests Russell Howard, Andy Parsons and Hugh Dennis. Frankie Boyle was previously a regular guest before leaving the show prior to the last series. As well as the regular guests there are three other guests invited on the show, who are usually comedians. Regular guests on the show have been comedians such as Ed Byrne and Adam Hills.
In each show, there are different rounds for the panellists. Though the rounds are all essentially the same; mocking the weeks news. Each round the different sides gets points though this is more a device than being awarded with any real merit attached and the points are handed out randomly.
The different rounds includes regulars such as 'Headliners' in which panellists are given a picture with an abbreviated headline which panellists then have to guess what the headline is. It is quite obvious that these aren't 'real' guesses but made up ones until Dara hurries for their real response. This is common throughout the show; that it is quite obviously made up but it is still very funny to watch. Other rounds are 'If this is the answer, what is the question' which is exactly as it sounds.
There are two rounds where the comedians are given a subject in which to make jokes about in a stand-up manner. The first of these rounds require two comedians from each team to make jokes from whatever the 'wheel' on the screen spins. The second, and coincidently the last round on the show, requires all panellists to do some stand up in 'Scenes we would like to see'. Here they are given scenes in which they have to make up answers to, such as "Unlikely lines to hear during the election debates" and "Unlikely lines to hear from a sports commentator". Unlike the first stand up round, panellists have to reach the mic first in order to respond.
The comedy, although not spontaneous, is very witty and humorous and usually has me laughing out loud (the term 'lol' has ruined that phrase, hasn't it?). Some of the jokes can seem a little too controversial, especially when Frankie Boyle was on the show but it provides the laughs and it is mostly quite amusing.
It might not be to everyones tastes, but I would recommend watching at least one episode to see if you like it. The comedy is brilliant and by mocking the weeks news it can make some less amusing topics gaining a laugh from you. This is a nice change from just feeling depressed about the news. It might not be completely original but it is definitely enjoyable. The comedians delivery is really what makes this show and with the wrong panellists this could have been a much worse show. It only loses a star for being a little too obvious and the quality is slightly lessened by the departure of Frankie Boyle. However it is a superb show that I think everyone should give a chance.
Mock The Week is returning soon on BBC2. It was previously shown on Thursday evenings at around 9pm. Each episode lasts around 30mins.
Mock the Week is a comedy program which is shown on BBC and repeats are shown on Dave.
It is like many panel shows you see on the TV and like some you don't see, like have I got news for you and they think it's all over.
But I think this beats all other panel shows by a country mile.
I can't think of another show that even gets close to being as good as this.
The show is hosted by the very funny Dara O'Brien and now has 3 regulars, Hugh Dennis, Andy Parsons and the not so funny Russell Howard. There used to be 4 regulars but Frankie Boyle called it a day at the end of the 7th series. He was a very controversial comedian, usually taking jokes further than most people would and being very harsh to people, though very funny.
The main idea of the game is to discuss the weekly news and trying to make jokes out of it, hence the name, Mock the Week.
There are many different rounds in Mock the Week, one of the first is to guess the caption of a picture shown on the screen. The panellists and given 4 letters, which are the start of each word.
This is very good as the panellists do come up with some good one. For example, there is a picture of Gordon Brown giving a cup to someone and the letters that come up are G.B.T.C
Hugh Dennis says that it could be "Give Blair This Cyanide" There has been many better ones than this but not many appropriate for saying!
My favourite part of the show is News Reel.
This is where the viewers are shown some video footage without sound and Hugh Dennis provides either a commentary or he says what he thinks is being said. This is very funny indeed as he usually takes the Mick out of the Royal Family or members of Parliament.
I have to say that the show isn't the same with out Frankie Boyle but it still does make me laugh.
There are also 2 special shows that have been recorded, consisting of bits that cant be broadcast on tv, outtakes and favourite bits. These are caled Mock the week too hot for tv and too hot for tv 2.
I would recommend this show to anyone who likes this sort of thing and I would recommend it to anyone who likes to have a laugh. But if you are easily offended and don't like strong language, then I suggest you find something else!
I am not usually a huge fan of panel shows, but recently I've decided to give them a go, and love the likes of 8 out of 10 Cats and QI, but for me, the best show out of the lot of them is Mock The Week however, and thanks to Dave I seem to have seen every episode possible since January 2010.
Mock The Week is a comedy panel show, hosted by Dara O'Briain, where they talk about the news that has happened in the previous week, and generally Mock what has happened. The show does have a lot of regulars, most recently, the likes of Hugh Dennis, Andy Parsons, Russell Howard, and of course Frankie Boyle, who I believe has left the show now.
Each episode runs for about 30 minutes, and in those 30 minutes the show has numerous rounds where all the contestants provide jokes whilst mocking what has been happening in the news in the previous week. The rounds include Headliners where they get a picture taken from the news, and give an abbreviated version of the headline. The comedians have to guess what the headline is. The next one is where they spin the dial and then a topic comes up, and two members from each team has to make a joke about each different topic that comes up. 'If this is the Answer, What is The Question' is another road that is used frequently and then my favourite is 'Scenes We Would Like To See', here they will give the panellists a sentence, like 'The Worst Thing To Say When Running for US President', and the comedians have to come up with bad things to say if they were running for President.
The comedians are brilliant on the show; it's always a laugh to watch it, Dara O'Briain leads the way as the host, starting a lot of the jokes and very likely having to stop a lot of the jokes from going too far. Hugh Dennis is a fantastic comedian and has a great way with voices; he is very funny and makes this show. Andy Parsons is another brilliant comedian as well; he usually ends up laughing before telling the joke, but does deliver some amazing lines. Russell Howard is a comedian that not a lot of people like, I'm sure someone will disagree with calling him a comedian, but I find him adorable. He is very funny and is a great comedian.
Every time Frankie Boyle who was on the show from the beginning until Series 7, opened his mouth, you don't know what you are going to get. Most of his jokes are hilarious, but his always seems to cause a lot of controversy. You will find yourself not wanting to laugh at a lot of his jokes as they can be below the belt, but all he wants to do really is make people laugh and he does do that most the time.
This show is fantastic, a lot of fun, and I have found you can watch each episode a few times and the jokes will still keep you laughing. It's a great show, and the comedians are really hilarious. In the middle of June 2010, it will be coming back for it's new Season on BBC2 and I recommend if you've never seen it before, then you give it a go. It's a lot of fun, and you will very likely love it. It is such a shame that Frankie Boyle is no longer on the show, he was controversial but very funny.
(C) Kirsty 2010
Mock the Week is arguably the most popular show of it's type at present. It first aired in 2005 and has enjoyed nine series with a tenth on it's way in june of this year.
The show is hosted by Dobby the house elf (erm I mean Dara O Briain) and has a number of regulars including Hugh Dennis, Andy Parsons, Russel Howard and the mighty Frankie Boyle.
The premise of the show is an improvised on the spot look at current events (although I'm sure it's not completely spontaneous).
Each comedian brings a little something to the table and while Russell Howard is not funny in his own right he does make me laugh on MTW.
There are several rounds including guess the headline where guests make comical suggestions on what certain letters within a headline might stand for and a round where they must basically ad lib on a random subject.
The selection of panelists works very well and Dara fits in well as the host (although if I hear him goind "Daarrr" after one more sodding sentence I may throttle him).
There is no denying that the main event so to speak is good ol' Frankie Boyle, incredibly rude and inappropriate he's fast become one of our most popular comics. Since the show dropped him I have only watched it once, it just isn't the same without him and so I doubt I will watch it again. While all the comics are good it just somehow all falls apart without the delightfully risque Scot.
Mock the Week is one of my favourites and I strongly reccomend it to anyone who loves to laugh, it's just a shame that Boyle was dropped as it he leaves a massive hole that none of the others can fill.
Mock the Week is a British topical celebrity panel game which is hosted by Dara Ó Briain. For anyone who doesn't know much about this Irish comedian he is extremely funny and witty and I've watched him a number of times both in stand up and presenting this and he is great value and gives you a good laugh every time. The game is based on topical events of the week so similar in many ways to Have I got news for you. There is alot of improvisation in this programme as with the others where players have to deliver answers quickly and on cue at the spur of the moment. It started in 2005 and will return again this year for it's ninth series.
The panel is made up of the host himself and two teams of three members each. The majority of the players are normally comedians of some kind and there are a few regulars on the show like Hugh Dennis and Russell Howard.
There are regular rounds that appear in the show from week to week so the format is similar. Headliners is a round played by all the players. A photo of someone famous in the news at the moment is shown and the initial letters of a newspaper headline. The panellists have to guess what the headline is and come up with comic suggestions.
Spinning the News involves four of the six panellists seeing a screen with a random news generator and several topics appearing on it. One topic is picked at random and one of the players has to perform a stand up comedy piece about the topic chosen at random.
The round if this is the answer what is the question is played by everyone. A choice of six categories is given to one of the guests covering a wide range of topics such as sport, health, world news etc. Once they choose a topic an answer is revealed all players have to guess what the question might be.
Scenes we'd like to see is normally the final round of the show and the screen will present an unlikely scenario and the players must act out what would happen if this did ever occur.
There are winning and losing teams but the main purpose of the show is really to provide the comedians and guests with a platform for their comedy routines. The show is really a mix between whose line is it anyway and Have I got news for you and if you love those two then you will definately want to watch this too.
I stumbled upon this show on BBC2- it wasn't very well known at the time but that has all changed since! The quiz show has a basic panel format- three comedians on each team answering questions about recent news stories. Except it's not a normal quiz show because nobody really cares who wins or if they get the question right, which makes for hilarious viewing. Hosted by Dara O'Brien, Mock the Week helps to showcase up and coming comedians such as Russel Howard, who now has his own show on BB3, Rhod Gilbert and Michael McIntyre. The stand out performance, though, comes from Scotsman Frankie Boyle who tip toes along the line of what is allowable by the BBC (and his recent departure may be as a result of him finally crossing that line.) The rounds include straight forward here is the answer, what is the question, the wheel of news and things we'd like to see.
Mock the Week is a TV Panel Show currently shown at 9pm on BBC2 on a Thursday, along with endless re-runs in the evening on Dave. With the topic of conversation based on recent newsworthy events, the humour is witty and very topical. Dara O'Brien keeps things moving as the host of the show, whilst a continuous rotation of guests means that the show never becomes stale. If you have never seen Mock the Week, you must have been living on the moon for the last few years, but it's much like a dumbed down version of Have I Got News For You!
Frankie Boyle is a particular highlight on older shows, with his humour often very risky but hilarious. Often, the audience are caught in two minds, torn between booing and wetting themselves!! His omission in newer shows has hurt the series, but it still remains very funny nevertheless.
One downside for me is the persistant inclusion of Andy Parsons, who simply isn't funny. His biggest laugh on the show is when he walks up to the microphone prior to his standup with a stupid grin on his face. His humour is very simple, and he doesn't seem to fit in with the other talented guests.
That said, it's an excellent show and definitely worth a watch! Highly recommended!
Mock the week is a comedy panel show which has two sets of three panellists who compete for points and discuss the previous weeks items in the news and TV. It is hosted by Dara O'Briain. Although it is a competition it is not taking as seriously as that.
There are regular guests that appear such as Hugh Dennis, Andy Parsons (who annoys the hell out of me with the way he speaks), Russell Howard, who now has his own successful show, Frankie Boyle, who always reminds me of the Proclaimers (and has now left but we are still seeing him of course in the re-runs on Dave). They have also had the likes of Jo Brand, Michael McIntyre, Rhod Gilbert and David Mitchell.
As with most of these comedians they all seem to do the rounds on comedy shows such as QI, 8 out of 10 cats and Have I got news for you?
Frequently we have rounds such as Headliners, which shows them a photo from the news and abbreviation of the headline. We see the comedians making up funny punch lines that could fit in.
Another round is spinning the news where two panellists from each team stand at the side and when it lands on a theme one steps in the middle and does an improvised stand up routine about that topic.
If this is the answer what is the question is another round where we also see answers for comedy effect.
Scenes we'd like to see is the last round where we have a sentence of an unlikely event and all panellists have to come to the mic and state something funny related to the scene. This could be something like 'a line you wouldn't hear in a Shakespeare play' or 'something you wouldnt hear from the cockpit of an aeroplane' and they would relate it to facebook or something daft.
What I like about this programme is the way they all compete to be the funniest or to be the one to spend the most time at the mic, the virtually run to it. Boyle (no longer on the panel) used to be the leader in them all but he also was the most to say something risqué!
They discuss and comment ridiculously all sorts of things that were in the news such as politicians, footballers, The war and of course it is all satirical hence the title of the show.
I think without Boyle though they will struggle a bit and will have to have some strong guests to full his shoes. He was truly hilarious. My only pet hate is Andy parsons. He can be funny but it's just the way he speaks. My son and I wonder if he speaks in that tone in a normal conversation!
Some of the things that are said are very close to the mark and they do make fun of some personalities in the sporting world as well as celeb world and no one will escape their wit if they have been in the news.
With the last round where they make up sayings of things that shouldn't happen this is the best part and I love them competing for the mic. Famously Boyle made a shocking scenario about the Queen which had many complaints about it and many others similar. If this is your cup of tea then there is the DVD of the takes that could not be shown on the BBC called Too Hot for TV and is rated 18.
Overall this is not everyones cup of tea of course and could probably be too harsh for people to watch, I often find myself gasping in shock at what has just been said while my 16 year old son will be rolling around the floor in laughter. There are some very risqué topics that they make fun of that I don't agree with but generally this doesn't happen very often.
For some reason I always used to think that I wouldn't like this programme, as I was under the impression that it would be similar to QI, which I think is more targeted towards men and I don't find that very enjoyable to watch. But in the last few months I've really got into Mock the Week and it's not anything like what I first assumed it would be.
Mock the Week is a comedy panel show presented by Dara O Briain where they generally discuss, or rather 'mock', popular events that have gone on during the last week.
The panel is made up of 6 comedians a few of which appear on the show regularly. The regular panel members are Frankie Boyle, Hugh Dennis, Andy Parsons and Russell Howard, although Frankie Boyle has left the show now which does mean that it won't be as funny as usual as he is one of the funniest on there. The other 2 panel members are made up of other comedians and most of them are just as funny as the regular ones.
The panel is split into 2 teams of 3 and the winning team is the one who generally make the audience laugh the most. There are a few different rounds some where the panel have to guess on talked about news events and one where they are given an answer and have to come up with the question. The best round by far is Scenes we'd like to see. A topic is given to the panel such as 'unlikely lines from a Harry Potter book' or 'things we'd like to hear said at the Oscars' and the panel has to come up with as many lines as they can, all of which are very very funny.
I am now addicted to this show and every time it's on I find myself engrossed and laughing so loud every few minutes. This is definitely the funniest game show on TV.
Mock the Week is a great quiz show that is hosted by Dara Ó Briain, and, as the title states, takes the P out of the week in news and general events. There are four regular pannelists, with two on each team: the mainstays are My Hero star Hugh Dennis and comedian Frankie Boyle on one team, and Andy Parsons and Russell Howard on the other. They have a quasi-visible competition that isn't so much about scores or correct answers but just how damn hilarious they can be.
The show was designed by the makers of Whose Line Is It Anyway, and that becomes clear the second that the games start. The most famous one is called "Spinning the news", where a spinner randomly picks topics that the two teams have to then joke about, and Ó Briain will eventually prompt the teams to try and give a right answer, even if they'll generally try and crack more jokes than be serious about the week in news.
One other game is called "If this is the answer, what is the question?", where the key to a news headline this week is given, and the teams have to work out what the question is, giving humourous answers, again, before being prompted to give the real one. Often after the answer is revealed the two teams will then add some more comic jibes.
Another great game is called "Scenes we'd like to see", where an unlikely topic is suggested and the contestants have to come up with amusingly unlikely things. This is often the most darkly comic and disturbing element of the show, as sweet, nice activities are given a murky twist, most often by Frankie Boyle.
The show has been accused of allowing the regular pannelists to dominate the show and stop the guest pannelists from speaking, but I'm not sure about this. What I do know is that Frankie Boyle in particular is excellent, but does unfortunately have a lot of his "best" material bleeped apparently and edited out of the show. Still, while it's sad that he's left, it'll still be a great show without him, I'm sure.
Mock the Week takes the form of a panel quiz show, with 5 regular attendees the host Dara O'Brian, Frankie Boyle( though if rumours are true he has left the show) HUgh Dennis, Andy Parsons and Russell Howard. They are joined by two other comedians notable guests in the past have included ; David Mitchell, Michael McIntyre and Ed Byrne.
While it takes the form of a quiz it is just mainly the guests making jokes and the format is only just a very loose structure. There are several types of round. Firstly we have a round where a series of letters is put under a picture of a well known figure and the panelists have to say what these letters stand for. A similar round is where a number or percentage is put up and the comedians base there joke around that. There is also a stand up section and the scenes we'd like to see. This round involves a random statement such as things you wouldn't of heard at the Beijing Olympics and one liners are delivered along those lines.
It is a very funny show, it runs for usually twelve shows on BBC 2 on a Thursday at around nine o'clock.
Mock the week is a weekly comdey quiz based loosly on recent news .. new series currenty run on BBC2 over 12 weeks and repeats can bee seen around half ten on Dave with a BBC 2 christmas special in store.
The show is hosted by Dara O' Briain and has four regular comedians present to "mock the weeks" news, these include Frankie Boyle, Russell Howard, Andy PArsons and Hugh Dennis. These four comediens are have different stlyes which adds a nice touch to the show. Frankie Boyle is a dry, depressing and often gross comic but a genium at the same time .. he is most peoples favriote on the show and often grabs all the attention. Russell Howard has a very strange imagination and his jokes often come from a child like crazy imagination. Hugh Dennis is very good impressions but often hangs back on the joke front although he is a good partner for Frankie. Andy Parsons is a quick witted and clever comic with his gags often very topical with hint of irony.
These four are always joined by another two guest comediens such as David Mitchell, Michael Macentrye or Ed Byrne who fill in the slots perfectly and stop the show getting to similar.
The show is made up of a few rounds including the famous scenes we'd like to see where comediens are given a scenario and have to act out appropriate suggestions such as "unsettling things to hear from a cockpit of a plane". Franki Boyle and Hugh Dennis often excel in this round and it shows there true standup capabilities.
This show is one of the most popular on tv and with a good mix of news and alround comedy genius its hard not to love it!
Mock The Week is one of my favourite current comedy shows that is usually shown on BBC2, Dave and BBC iPlayer. Angst Productions made the show and was origionally created by Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson. It is a topical programme based on current affairs happening local and around the world. Each show has a panel of comedians, 6 comedians, 2 teams and 3 comedians on each team. There is also a host who keeps a tab on scores depending on how funny/ not funny a joke/ line is.
Alot of the shows are hosted by Dara O'Brien, who seems to do the job pretty well I'd say anyway. People who appear as the panel of comedians include: Frankie Boyle, Michael McIntyre, David Mitchell, Russell Howard, John Oliver, Andy Parsons, Stewart Francis, Hugh Dennis, Mark Watson, Lucy Porter, Rhod Gilbert, Ed Byrne, Gina Yashere, Greg Proops and Fred MacAulay.
My favourite panel members have got to be: Frankie Boyle, David Mitchell, Michael McIntyre, Andy Parsons, Russell Howard and of course Hugh Dennis. At the beginning of the show the host presents the panel with an answer and the comedians make jokes/ lines on what the question could be.
One of the famous and more funny ones of the show: Scenes We'd Like To See. In this part of the show the comedians stand on the 'stage' and the host spins the wheel and a topic will come up. If a comedian has a joke or line they wish to express they must go to the microphone and say their piece. The comedians must be fast in getting to the mic, as it seems that there are alot of funny lines waiting to be told.
Some of the lines in Mock The Week are 'Laugh Out Loud' funny and definitely worth the watch! One of the down sides of this show is that in my eyes, it is too short and should be abit longer. The comedians are the show are usually of really good quality and watching this really does make me smile!
Have a go and Mock The Week!