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There are political panel shows, sports panel shows and this is the music one. It is shown on BBC Two and can therefore also be watched using the iPlayer when available. Mark Lamarr was the original host being replaced by Simon Amstell for a time, but in the last series there was no permanent presenter, so instead a different person was used for each episode similar to what happens on Have I Got News For You.
The two competing teams have their regular captains who are currently Phil Jupitus and Noel Fielding but previously Sean Hughes and Bill Bailey also held these positions. They are joined every week by two guests each taken from the world of music, television and comedy or someone who is in the public domain at the time.
There are several rounds during the quiz, the most notable ones being the intros round, and then the identity line-up and then to close the show there is a quick fire round where the host will say a line from a song and the contestants have to say what comes next.
I really enjoy my music and I normally appreciate this style of programme but I am afraid I find Never Mind the Buzzcocks terribly disappointing. I know that they are just using the script they are given but I often find the jokes the host tells are absolutely painful to listen to and also I just cannot work out why the studio audience are laughing at Phil Jupitus, I really just don't think he is that amusing. I like The Mighty Boosh but I can't help feeling that Noel Fielding's sense of humour is misplaced in this programme. I often notice that the panellists appear uncomfortable and kind of look like they are thinking to themselves "What am I doing here".
A massive part of comedy is poking fun at people and being able not to take yourself too seriously at the same time but in this show they are just really awful and horrible about people and in my opinion it just isn't funny. Some people probably really love the programme, but for me it is really weak humour which they try to cover up by just insulting individuals who arguably don't deserve it.
Nowadays we are beyond the Simon Amstell era, in a neverending world of guest hosts who seem to never quite hit the mark. Amstell was the best thing to have happened to the show since it was dreamed up. Former host Mark Lamarr had done an amicable job, but the show had gone to pot a bit at the early part of the century and it did not seem as fun anymore.
Some criticism could be pointed at Lamarr, who could be snitty at times, while some could say team captain Sean Hughes never lit the show alight with wonder. Thankfully, an overhaul saw Lamarr and Hughes leave. Enter Bill Bailey and Amstell as host. With Amstell's boyish and incredibly quick wit controlling the show, it was in good hands. The man brought warmth back to the game and suddenly it seemed fun to watch again. Bill Bailey's quirky and irreverent humour was most welcome and he was a delightful team captain. While on the other team, Phil Jupitus presided with a comforting honesty about him.
The format is simple, two regular captains Bailey and Jupitus are joined by two guests each and have to answer music questions, delivered by Amstell. The guests are rarely funnier than the captains and to date have included Fearne Cotton, Dappy from N-Dubz and Preston from Ordinary Boys, who infamously stormed out of one episode.
The game is split into rounds, the highlight being the 'identity parade' where popstars from yesterday have to be identified by the panel in a line-up. This is also great fun to play at home and brings back some fine memories.
The show runs for half an hour, brisk and sharply edited, it is always amusing and the some of the musical facts which crop up are genuinely interesting. I have not enjoyed it without Amstell as much, but long may it reign.
The music lovers comedy panel show can simply be defined as Never Mind the Buzzcocks. And does the formula work? Of course!
First aired in 1996 and broadcast on BBC Two, the panel show uses the regular formula of other comedy panel shows and uses it in the music genre. At first, it was hosted by comedian Mark Lamarr along with team captains Phil Jupitus and Sean Hughes. Jupitus has stayed present ever since but Lamarr and Hughes are now long gone - at first Simon Amstell successfully replaced Lamarr, only to leave before the start of the latest series, and Hughes was replaced by Bill Bailey, who in turn had been replaced by Noel Fielding since 2008. So for those still keeping up, that leaves Jupitus and Fielding in charge of each team of two guest stars, and in the present series, a guest host appears each week...some being far better than others!
The show is broken down into sections, which can sometimes differ week by week but certain ones remain constant. The first one of these is guess the intro - where the team captain and one of his guests will play the intro to a popular song using only their mouth or hands to the other guest for them to try and work it out. Sounds basic and rather unfunny but trust me it can break into excellent spontaneous humour if the song sounds ridiculous, or if the guest's guess is just as bad. Points can be awarded to the other team if they're able to decipher it.
The third round of the show is the "Identity Parade", where us at home are shown a video of a band from a bygone age, and then a member of that band will appear in a line-up of five people which the team will have to select. They don't get the advantage of seeing the video, but often the guest are from the music genre, so may have a better inkling than the majority of us.
The final round is called 'Next Lines', where the host will read the line of a song and the teams will have to say the next one. Often the songs will have a reference to an artist mentioned previously in the show - or else with 50 years of popular music to chose from, it could be an extremely hard task! Whenever there's a music artist on the show, at least one of their songs will appear at some point during this which can often result in great embarrassment if they don't know the next line!
The show has sparked the odd bit of controversy over the years - most infamously the 'incident' between Simon Amstell and Preston from the Ordinary Boys, who at the time was married to Chantelle (the one from Celebrity Big Brother). Throughout the show, Amstell kept citing passages from Chantelle's autobiography, which eventually grated on Preston so much that he simply got up and left. Due to nature of the show, Amstell keeped the gag running throughout rather than apologising, which meant the incident could almost have been considered a great joke.
Amstell is often considered by many as being even better than Lamarr was, but since his departure, the guest hosts have differed in quality somewhat. Hosts such as Mark Watson and Rhod Gilbert have shone, but unfortunately the likes of James Corden made it look so apparent that he was merely reading from an autocue, that it became instantly unfunny.
You can get round to watching it on Wednesday nights at 10pm on BBC Two, or various archive episodes are shown in the evening most nights on Dave. Do yourself a favour and watch it. Comedy + music = success.
"Buzzcocks" has been going for a grand total of 13 years and 23 series on BBC2. First presented by Mark Lamarr, then by a series of guest presenters in 2006, followed by Simon Amstell and since his departure earlier this year - another round of guest presenters.
The most recent series does tend to be repeated in the run up to the new one. The older series are repeated frequently on Dave and VH1.
Phill Jupitus has been team captain for its entire run, however his opposing team captains have been the following in chronological order - Sean Hughes, Bill Bailey and now Noel Fielding.
The teams of three are completed by guests who are generally a mix of musicians, singers, TV personalities and actors.
Essentially it is a comedy music panel quiz. The rounds have largely stayed the same throughout. The first round is generally a multiple choice round, music video what happens next, or asks the panel to work out which artist out of 2 is connected to a bizarre fact or story.
The second round is "The Intro Round" where the team captain and the music star perform an introduction to a popular song to the non-musical guest using just sounds that they can make themselves and without lyrics.
Next is "The Identity Parade" where the teams have to spot who is the real popstar from the dim but not always distant (but certainly fickle) music past from a lineup of 5.
Finally comes "Next Round" where the teams are in turn given a load of song lines and then have to guess what follows.
I'll just put it out there - I love Buzzcocks. I feel that recently it may have lost its way again with trying to fill the void left by the loss of yet another permanent host, but it does still maintain a certain amount of freshness - not least because it is very good at picking talented circuit comedians for the panel.
There is a certain amount of cruelness to it, I will admit but so much of it is connected to puncturing the overinflated egos of the stars. It has also had its share of headline grabbing appearances and events. Preston from The Ordinary Boys stormed off in apparent disgust at having his then wife's autobiography mocked and Amy Winehouse turned up seemingly under the influence but proceeded to be absolutely hilarious.
Ultimately, I feel that if they get the new presenter issue sorted suitably, there is no reason why this programme should ever run out of steam. The knowingness and willingness to step on the boundaries of good taste in the face of a PR dominant industry is reason enough for it to stay in the schedules for a very long time.
Never mind the Buzzcocks is a BBC 2 pop music quiz that has been running since 1996. The programme follows a familiar panel-show format, with a celebrity host, two celebrity team captains and four different celebrity guests each week. The show concentrates primarily on pop/indie music, with rounds requiring the teams to complete the next line of lyrics from a particular song, convey a particular tune using only humming and table-top rythms, identify an aging and now obscure music figure from a identity parade-style line-up or just answer genearal pop-trivia questions.
The show has a very irksome mainstream 'indie' zeitgeist about it that I find difficult to endure, and is made even worse with the replacement of previous host Mark Lamaar with the incredibly irritating Simon Astell. Noel Fielding of Mighty Boosh fame has very recently taken over from Astell, but though intelligent and funny he comes across as a rather tiresome real-life parody of the character he plays in the aforementioned show.
Excellent musician/comedian Bill Bailey is an obvious choice for team captain, but even his tremendous comedic talents are somehow overpowered by the show's toothless, painfully-trendy and generally mediocre approach. Phil Jupitus meanwhile is as unfunny here as he is anywhere else, and the guest spots are frequently filled with interchangable pop starlets and unremarkable mainstream radio DJs.
Most importantly of all the show just isnt particularly funny, and though it very occasionally offers up something of interest, such as the christmas special a few years back in which Birmingham grindcore band Mistress performed their own crushing and brutal variations of numerous classic christmas songs in between rounds, by and large Never Mind The Buzzcocks is a tired and unoriginal show that serves as a handy gravy train for a whole pantheon of bland and uninspiring BBC-sponsored artists and comedians.
The new series of Never Mind the Buzzcocks started a few weeks ago on BBC2, thursdays at 9.30. I have long since been a fan of this show fromt he days when Mark Lamarr was host with Sean Highes and Phil Jupitus as captains.
The format is this - the show is a music quiz show with various "celebrity" guests each week in two teams. The current captains are Phil Jupitus and Noel Fielding of Mighty Boosh Fame. There are several rounds such as Guess the intro and Next lines.
For this series the show has been hosted by a guest host after the decent Simon Amstell stood down. There have been some decent hosts - Rhod Gilbert and James Corden, and some not so good in some fella I'd never heard of last night and whose name escapes me. But it generally doesn't seem to matter who the host is any more.
The jokes are the same every week, and the show is beginning to feel worn out. The host offends his guests, Phill Jupitus punches his card and says and does very little. Noel Fielding's very random musings are funny (I can't stand Mighty Boosh but he's funny in this) without being hilarious. The guests range from the famous to the not so famous to the who on earth is that?!
It's always been part of the show to have some slightly obscure guests but some of them are rubbish, with little to say and they just sit there looking bored. I presume most celebrities avoid this programme to avoid just being ridiculed for half an hour. This brand of humour has produced some memorable moments in the past such as Preston's storming out but I can't see this series being anything like as funny as that.
The show just feels now like it's run its course. It really has been repetitive this series and even some genuinely funny guest hosts have been wasted by just reasding the same old jokes aroun d the same old themes from an autocue. What was once essential viewing and telly instution for me has become stale and boring. A real shame.
Never mind the Buzzcocks is a quiz panel show that is on BBC2 and repeated on Dave. It is predominantly made around music quizzes, but it is designed to be, and very successfully is so, a comedy show.
The show is half an hour long (if that) and is hosted by Simon Amstell. He is relatively young and as far as I was concerned, unknown when I first came to watch him on the show. There are two teams on the show, each containing three members, including long term captains Phil Jupitus and Bill Bailey. The other four members are guest celebrities. If one of the team captains are away Noel Fielding (I think that is his last name) replaces thema nd he is soooo funny. I actually prefer him to the usual captains.
The game consists of each team answering music questions, whilst trying to create the most laughs. For me the show highlight is Simon Amstell the host, he is so amazingly quick and I have never seen anyone with a sense of humour like his. It is him that makes me watch this.
The games carried out on the show vary hugely. One is guess the person where they show a really old music video and then have one of the stars in a line up and you have to try and tell them apart from 4 other people.
The guests ont he show are normally popular and often from modern culture. Who can forget the episode with Preston in? Watch it on youtube...
Originally hosted by Mark Lamarr, Never Mind The Buzzcocks is a quiz on pop music, basically a comedy panel show. There are two teams, made up of two team captains and the host, now Simon Amstell. The teams are made up of 'celebrities', although these are generally the lead of the most recent indie band to hit NME, and the two captains: Bill Bailey and Phill Jupitus. Bill Bailey, however, has recently departed and so we were treated to a guest captain each week, of varying quality!
The rounds include 'complete the lyric', which is always really funny and good to play along to, a round where two of the team have to sing the beginning of a song for the other to guess and a round where they have to pick the has-been out of a line-up. The 'games' are quick paced and absolutely hilarious and I'm often in fits watching it.
Simon Amstell really does take it out of his guests and can come out with some controversial things, but in general he's absolutely hilarious and I find him really rather cute as well! The only thing is, I feel half an hour is too short as some of the rounds are rushed, especially the last one. Perhaps 3/4 of an hour would be a better length...
For those of you who don't already know Never Mind The Buzzcocks is one of those comedy panel games which TV producers are so fond of. This one however, is mainly influenced with a pop and rock music theme. It first started off in 1996 so a 13 year panel show isn't bad going. Currently into its 22nd series it has gained in population, especially amongst younger people. Maybe this is down to it's presenter Simon Amstell.
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I never really watched this when Mark Lamarr was presenting so I can't comment on his style however Simon Amstell fit into the role perfectly. Sarcastic and dry wit are the key to making this a good programme and he even managed to have little digs at some of the guests that came onto the show. All in good nature of course! Sadly he's decided to hang up the coat peg, as of yet I'm not sure who will be taking over the role.
The regular team captains over the years have been Phill Jupitus and before Bill Bailey, Sean Hughes. All three of which have managed to keep the show going by their humour and uses of one liners and random comments. After Bill Bailey left in 2008 there have been a number of guest captains including Stephen Fry, Jack Dee and Davina McCall.
I was particularily looking forward to the next series as it was announced that Noel Fielding, a favourite of mine, was to be a permanent team captain. Then he decided to go and be a complete idiot by taking drugs and then talking about it in a recent interview. I don't enjoy being annnoyed at somebody I like but I do think he's been a bit of a prat.
There are usually 4 rounds to each 30 minute programme. The first being asked questions or facts about singers and bands. Then there's the intro bit where two people on a team have to do an introduction to a song whilst the other member guesses what it could be. Personally I am awful at this as I can recall the song, just not who it's by. There's an identity parade from past singers although on occassion this round is sometimes replaced and finally a round where the presenter will say a line of a song and the teams have to continue with the next lines.
What I like about this is that they are all mini games which you can sort of join in with, no matter how bad you are. I do find that with the last round the time they are given isn't as long as before, so they don't have many go's although in a lot of cases they start to jabber on so they miss out on precious seconds anyway.
I really enjoy watching this programme which is shown on BBC 2. The actual quiz, like other panel shows, is really just a backboard thing. To give the guests and captains something to mess about with. It's really more of a comedy. For 30 minutes you get your share of jokes and humour as dry or quick witted as you like it. It's just a fun programme with no really intentional bad merit about it. It's sad to see the end of Simon Amstell as I really thought he was a good presenter but we can only wait and see who they have in store for us.
Never mind the Buzzcocks has been going for 13 years now! Thats a long time for a show to be around, and the fact that it is as popular now as it has ever been shows just how good a show it is.
Never mind the Buzzcocks is, if you have never seen it, a pop quiz show. It is usally on BBC2 but you can watch older episodes on channels like Dave. The quiz is not really the best part of the show, its a comedy show really. There are two teams that face questions mainly on music and general knowledge questions. The teams have a team leader who is on the show each week. And then there are two guests on each team, usually from the music world but there are often other celebs on there to.
For the first eleven years Buzzcocks was hosted by Mark Lamarr, he was an excellent host who always made me smile. Then there was a period where they had lots of different hosts until they finally settled on Simon Amstell who has been hosting the show for the past few years.
Simon Amstell is a really good host for the show. I took me a while to be convinced about him but I think he is great for the show now. He is so quick whitted and often comes out with things he probably shouldn't, he says some quite controversial things but they are always very funny.
Some of my favorite team captains have to be Bill Bailey and Phil Jupitus. These two are so funny, Bill with his random comments that are timed to perfection and Phil with his classic comedy one liners. There are plenty of other team captains who come and go and Buzzcocks always make sure they are of the highest quality.
The quiz itself is really secondary to the comedy aspect of the show. Its not generally taken to seriously and the winner in not that big a deal. The best round is for me where they cart in 5 people, one of which is a lesser known musician from a few years back. This round is so funny, and I do sometimes feel sorry for the people who do the line up as they generally get ripped to shreads.
Overall this is a great show. Has been going for a very long time, but in no way is the show dated. They are constantly making sure it keeps up with the times and they always have top guests on who can be very funny. I really like this show and its one of the highlights of my week. And I often find myself wathcing the old repeats to keep myself occupied. A great show!
Never Mind the Buzzcocks is a comedy music quiz first broadcast in 1996. The show is broadcast on BBC 2 in a half hour format, from 1996 to 2005 it was hosted by Mark Lemar, with regular team captains Phil Jupitus and Sean Hughes (until 2002) and Bill Bailey (2002-2008). Simon Amstell has hosted the show has hosted the show since 2006 but has said he will not be appearing anymore dure to other commitments.
There are two teams on the show made up of a team captain and two guests on each. The guests are usually somebody from the music business or a comedian or tv personality. The show often uses dry and sarcastic humour and often makes attacks on people in the music industy although this is mostly not serious and presented in as a joke.
The show consists of four rounds. The first usually involves the guests being shown a video, then having to answer a question based on it. For example, they could be shown a video of two artists then asked what they both have in common, or shown a video with an object pixelated and have to guess what that object is. Round two is the intros round where two members of the team have to sing, or replicate the intro of a song and the remaining team member has to guess what the song is. The third round is the identity parade where the guests are shown 5 people and have to guess which one is from a named musical act. This round has also been change so the guest are shown 5 people dressed as musical acts and they have to put them in order with a specific subject eg who has the most money. The fourth round is "Next Lines" where the guests are given a line from a song, to which they have to say the line that follows it.
Overall, Never Mind The Buzzcocks is a very funny and entertaining program which I cannot wait for a new series of. Losing Simon Amstell will be a loss, but hopefully the show finds a suitable replacement.
The basics: Never Mind the Buzzcocks is a light-hearted music based panel show which has been running since 1996. The show was originally hosted by Mark Lamarr but he quit after series 18 to work on other projects and is now currently hosted by Simon Amstell.
The host is positioned in the middle, with team captains Phil Jupitus and Bill Bailey positioned either side with their two respective guests each. The two teams then compete for points by answering questions, completing challenges... you know the drill.
Okay that out of the way, I find Simon Amstell whose very appearence causes me to giggle, devastatingly hilarious. For me, with him in the chair he is one of the main selling points of the show. During the show he often turns interviewer on a specific contestant usually first by asking them a normal question then following it up with an inappropriate (but hilarious) question or just taking the p*ss out of their answer. You can tell he does his research and he puts it to good use.
Alot of the humour is ripping into people and taking the p*ss, be it famous singers or even the contestants on the show. If that kind of stuff turns you off a programme, you probably won't enjoy this.
The two team captains are fairly similar in their humour. They are both jolly rather huggable men who can make quite funny comments and are generally very likable guys.
The banter isn't particularly intellectual and can often be quite simplistic or puerile. This might appeal to some, not so much to others. Some random stuff can happen which can be a laugh, such as Amstell randomly bringing out a live chicken.
There is a variety of rounds. Notably, the "Identity Parade" where the panel have to identify a "famous" person out of a line up and "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" in which each team is shown an object and has to guess how it caused an injury to a musician.
Compared to other panel shows (HIGNFY, Mock the Week) Never Mind the Buzzcocks is very light hearted and given it revolves around music, they almost never have a serious point to make or difficult material to tackle.
As the guests are often musicians and not comedians, they can sometimes be quite bland. Not that all musicians are boring, some are just clearly out of their depth. That said, they do find some real comedy gems occasionally, the Donny Tourrette episode had me in absolute hysterics.
They made a couple of highlight shows which were interspersed with clips of former contestants and team captains pretending Amstell had died (or something similar). The highlights were funny, the other bits not so much.
The show unfortunately isn't on BBC2 at the moment (a new season begins in September) but you can find repeats on Dave.
This show just reminds me I am getting older!
I remember a time when I used to follow contemporary pop and rock pretty closely. This I no longer do. Looking back, as a youngster, it seemed that there was an urgent necessity to keep in touch with the latest sounds, rather than an actual want.
I also remember a time when i could walk into a pub quiz and really tilt the balance for my team, when it came to the music round.
Nowadays I know this would not be the case - not because I go to lots of pub quizzes and have seen myself fail, but because I am finding the questions on Buzzcocks increasingly harder. A simple analysis is that the questions are involving more recent music, which I am just not keeping up with - nowadays I couldn't tell your Arctic Patrol from yer Snow Monkeys!!
However, I still enjoy the quiz, even though it has become 'less serious' if that is possible.
Basically, two teams and a quizmaster/host. Originally hosted by that annoying Mark Lamarr, it is now hosted by the thoroughly irritating Simon Amstell.
The teams are of three people, each made up from a resident team captain and two guests, from the world of celebrity, usually from the music world. From time to time there will be a scapegoat guest - a B-lister, or someone who is not particularly funny, or loudmouthed enough to defend themselves against the 'wit' of messrs. Lamarr and Amstell. So this poor guest will be embarrassed and humiliated, so that we can all be happy at how funny and witty the presenters are.
The game involves answering questions on pop and rock, based around video clips, 'what have they got in common' spot the pop star, name that tune through a capella versions, and complete the lyric. This is all bound together with witty banter between the presenter, captains and guests, and yes it can be funny, but much of it relies on humiliation rather than humour.
As for Simon Amstell, the show has gone downhill since he started. OK, I know the show isn't meant to be taken that seriously, but he doesn't seem to give a toss about the show. He only seems concerned with trying to be funny.
Simon Amstell, wake up!! - you never were, aren't and never will be a presenter, or a comedian. How in heaven's name you managed to get a job in the media, is a mystery. You were a terrible interviewer on Channel 4s Popworld - truly truly awful. You didn't interview pop stars on that programme, you just tried to put them down. You just tried to come across as superior. You are up - or should I say down - there with Stephen Mulhern - another presenter who relies on humiliating people (check out his pieces on Britain's Got talent).
Back to Buzzcocks - Thankfully the best humour comes from Bill Bailey. This guy IS funny and doesn't rely on cheap put downs to entertain.
Try and catch some of the earlier episodes pre-Simon Amstell on some of the repeat channels.
I would give this programme 5 stars, but Lamarr and especially Amstell do spoil this.
Never mind the buzz cocks is game show based on music however really is mainly a comedy panel show as who wins isn't really important and the comedy is the main aim of the show.
It used to be hosted by Mark Lemar however has now been taken over by Simon Amstell who has been doing the show for a few years now and is probably better than Mark anyway.
The show is based around a series of rounds, all based on music. Theres the music questions round, as well as the round where each of the teams have to do the intros to two songs and the other person on the team has to guess what the songs there doing is. There is also the complete the words round at the end of the show which usually determines who wins it, however my favorote round is the one where they get 5 people on and the teams have to guess who is the right person out of the line up, its just funny how rude some of the people are to the guests and I cant believe they actually come on the show in the first place.
The two main team captains are Phil Jupitus, and Bill Baily, I quite like Bill Baily however I don't really find Phil Hupitus funny at all and I think the show would really benefit if he was replaced by someone better. All in all this is a very good show, I like to stay in tune with my music and what better way of doing it than having a good laugh.
Never Mind the Buzzcocks has got to be the funniest tv panel show I have ever watched. My other half introduced me to it as I had never previously been one for comedy and I think it is hilarious! Simon Amstell is the best. To say he is sarcastic is a complete understatement. The way he talks to his guests on there, with complete disregard for their feelings makes me crack up. On the show, he is usually joined by the team leaders Phil Jupitus and Bill Bailey, but theis series Bill's deserted us, so we have a stand in TL each week. These have varied from Jack Dee to Davina McCall, each good in their own different ways. The rounds that are included on the show are connections, sorry no refunds, do you really want to hurt me, do you know who i am?, mama said knock you out, what have we pixellated, next lines (my favourite) and identity parade (another of my favourites). A few of my personal favourite guests include last weeks Lee Ryan. How much abuse can one guy actually receive. The worst of it was that he seriously didn't even have a clue they were even laughing at him. His film went from being out at the cinema, to a text message, you have got to watch it! Another favourite was Preston, after he stormed off the show for criticism of his then wife, Chantelle. Well, Simon was reading extracts from her book, but I thought it was highly amusing.
Mark Lamarr hosts a pop music quiz.