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25017.  Tue Sep 27, 2005 8:11 am Reply with quote

What happens is that Stephen makes the whole lot up on the fly. Gray and Frederick the Monk sit in the bar drinking beer and talking about baby care. Brackett chats up the production co-ordinators and runners. JumpingJack stands outside the back door, smoking, and I snooze in the camera gallery. Garrick turns up half way through the recording, says "Oh God" and leaves, and MatC never turns up at all.

25022.  Tue Sep 27, 2005 8:50 am Reply with quote

Hey, that's totally out of order.

Fred and I drink wine.

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25027.  Tue Sep 27, 2005 9:06 am Reply with quote

I understand they employ researchers on the show and sometimes 'our Steve' disagrees with what they find!

25030.  Tue Sep 27, 2005 9:11 am Reply with quote

I think the interview I plagiarised, I mean reproduce with full credit to the author, on the last years site displayed what an articulate man Mr Fry actually is, unless of course the elves were working him from behind

25031.  Tue Sep 27, 2005 9:15 am Reply with quote

We don't know him that well...

25034.  Tue Sep 27, 2005 9:20 am Reply with quote

It was all in the interpretation,

I'm sure everyone knew what I meant rathe than implied

25036.  Tue Sep 27, 2005 9:50 am Reply with quote


Rarely does Mr Fry disagree with his adoring elves, in fact although they sometimes respectfully disagree with him...

The depth and accuracy of QI programme research is such that no one person in the course of a mere hour and a half's ad-libbed recording could possibly be expected to outdo it.

Of course, the elfin ones do occasionally make mistakes, but these are generally discovered either by themselves, or pointed out by by posters here.

In addition, these are often not so much errors exactly as newer research into a controversial subject, or simply a different learned opinion.

This is not in the least to minimise Stephen's extraordinary gifts of memory, erudition, wit and general gorgeousness.

He is a homo inter homines and a damn fine fellow to boot and much of the show is magicked into existence from the caverns of his ginormous cerebellum any without help from Mummy.

25038.  Tue Sep 27, 2005 10:19 am Reply with quote

I found it quite entertaining watching the extremely skilled autocue operator occasionally scrolling frantically up and down trying to find where Stephen may have gone in his ad-libbing, and when he was planning to weave it back into the linking material.

The whole recording was like watching an impromptu ballet whose choregraphy was continuously improvised by each participant in immediate response to all the others. Amazing. Even the wine 'performed'.

25039.  Tue Sep 27, 2005 10:27 am Reply with quote

Have you been at the sherry again, Gray?

25040.  Tue Sep 27, 2005 10:36 am Reply with quote

What? And abandon this perfectly good half-pint of cherry-flavoured petrol?

25041.  Tue Sep 27, 2005 10:39 am Reply with quote


Don't light that cigar...

25123.  Wed Sep 28, 2005 4:49 am Reply with quote

JumpingJack wrote:
He is a homo inter homines and a damn fine fellow to boot and much of the show is magicked into existence from the caverns of his ginormous cerebellum

Ermmm, the cerebellum is the small, primitive part of the brain located at the base of the brain and the top of the spinal cord. It is used for dealing with simple, non thought-related processes, such as reflex actions or regular things like breathing.

If Stephen uses this part of his brain to create parts of the show, what are his frontal lobes capable of?!

25319.  Thu Sep 29, 2005 2:36 pm Reply with quote

Hey, do you reckon the show'll still be going strong in two years when I'm sixteen? And if so, can I do my work experience with you? Pretty please?

25322.  Thu Sep 29, 2005 2:56 pm Reply with quote

You do it at 16? We did it in Year 10. I learnt how to do filing.

25331.  Thu Sep 29, 2005 4:19 pm Reply with quote


Stephen mainly uses the lower portion of his body for thinking, talking, and entertaining friends.

However, for politeness' sake, a small vibration-sensitive podule is inserted into his cerebellum (which I understand is one of the largest in Europe) and attached to one of those things with a pen on that they use for recording earthquakes.

A junior elf then takes these recorded jottings, translates them into Latin and has them typed up onto the autocue, which Stephen then reads.

It's perhaps a little complicated, but it works for us.

also, I meant cerebrum. Sorry to be such an oaf


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