Thank God You're Here - Paul Merton Page 11

Thank God You're Here. Image shows from L to R: Clive Anderson, Hamish Blake, Sally Lindsay, Michael McIntyre, Rufus Jones. Copyright: TalkbackThames.

Thank God You're Here

Improvisation comedy show hosted by Paul Merton. Each week four celebrities walk through a door into an unknown situation

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Mark

  • Monday 11th February 2008, 5:35am [Edited]
  • Hampshire, England
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I'm going to be watching this show on tape every week from now on in. Fast forwarding over Paul Merton's pointless and laboured small-talk makes it a much better show!

I enjoyed this week more than some previous. As is said above, Rufus did a great job - really getting into the part. I think the key was rather than just answering the questions the ensemble put forward, he took control of the scene (e.g. flirting at one point).

Richard Wilson also did this rather well in the mini-cheese sketch. When he started ignoring the questions and back-chatting the 'diners', that's when I actually started laughing-out-loud.

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Lee

  • Monday 11th February 2008, 5:38am
  • Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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Quote: Mark @ February 11, 2008, 12:35 AM

Richard Wilson also did this rather well in the mini-cheese sketch. When he started ignoring the questions and back-chatting the 'diners', that's when I actually started laughing-out-loud.

You were actually laughing-out-loud? I don't believe it! :P

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Mark

  • Monday 11th February 2008, 5:41am [Edited]
  • Hampshire, England
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Quote: Leevil @ February 11, 2008, 12:38 AM

You were actually laughing-out-loud? I don't believe it! :P

Yes, I was "LOLing". It does happen occassionally ;) :O The time before that was when Keith spilt the coffee on the dead Nicholas Burns in Thursday's Never Better.

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Lee

  • Monday 11th February 2008, 5:51am
  • Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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I just wanted to do the "I don't believe it!" line. I wasn't implying you never laugh, unless that's something I've missed around here. One of the terrible irony's in this world. The owner of a sitcom website never laughs.

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Aaron

  • Monday 11th February 2008, 1:12pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,287 posts

He's watched too much and become too cynical. Poor guy. :(

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Mark

  • Monday 11th February 2008, 2:57pm
  • Hampshire, England
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Quote: Leevil @ February 11, 2008, 12:51 AM

I just wanted to do the "I don't believe it!" line. I wasn't implying you never laugh

Quote: Aaron @ February 11, 2008, 8:12 AM

He's watched too much and become too cynical. Poor guy.

Ah God, its true - I can't even spot a feed line now! Sorry Leevil Teary

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chipolata

  • Wednesday 13th February 2008, 3:00pm
  • England
  • 29,532 posts

I think a better example of a decent improvised show is The Lawrence Sweeny Mix currently running on Radio 4 at the moment. It's not brilliant, but the interplay between the two performers is nice, and there are a fair few laughs along the way.

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zooo

  • Friday 15th February 2008, 5:31pm
  • United Kingdom
  • 69,180 posts

I love that show.

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zooo

  • Saturday 16th February 2008, 12:09am [Edited]
  • United Kingdom
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Has anyone seen 'Paul Merton and Chums' live?

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Ian Wolf

  • Saturday 16th February 2008, 12:43am
  • Stockton-on-Tees, England
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Quote: zooo @ February 15, 2008, 7:09 PM

Has anyone seen 'Paul Merton and Chums' live?

Yes! One of the funniest things I have ever seen. They are going on tour again and I'm seeing them in both York and Newcastle. I would recommend them to anyone.

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zooo

  • Saturday 16th February 2008, 1:45am
  • United Kingdom
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I just got tickets to see them too.

Who are the chums at the moment? Do they have people that join them whenever they're free, or is it a fixed group?

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Aaron

  • Sunday 17th February 2008, 2:00am
  • Royal Berkshire, England
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I'm watching last week's episode at the moment, and must say it's the best yet by far. Rufus was indeed great, Lee was pretty good, Richard wasn't bad either, but Claudia was brilliant! Flowed very well, didn't seem to panic or lose track at all. If it gets a second series, I hope that she'll be on again. :)

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Richard Wells

  • Sunday 17th February 2008, 2:18am
  • Northamptonshire, England
  • 1,016 posts

^^^

But did you think Claudia was funny ?

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Aaron

  • Sunday 17th February 2008, 2:25am
  • Royal Berkshire, England
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Affirmative, Richard.

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Richard Wells

  • Sunday 17th February 2008, 2:27am
  • Northamptonshire, England
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I thought she was pretty good but i'm glad Rufus won as he was just brilliant.