The Humble Quest for Universal Genius

The Humble Quest for Universal Genius. Image shows from L to R: Mark Allen, Eli Silverman. Copyright: London Weekend Television.

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Panel show starring Eli Silverman and Mark Allen performed on the following days in August 2012...

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The live comedy quiz show that pits top stand-ups against each other for your amusement. Previous contestants include stars of TV's Live at the Apollo, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, QI, Mock the Week and Peep Show, so you never know who you'll see competing for the Universal Genius mortarboard. The show is hosted by award-winning comedian Mark Allen 'A total delight' (Time Out) with 'glamorous' assistant Eli Silverman. Rounds include poetry, science, languages, wit, etiquette and hunting. Yes, hunting. 'The bastard child of QI and Shooting Stars' (

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Witness Marek Larwood v Sara Pascoe (4th August), Nick Helm v Humphrey Ker (5th August), Andrew Maxwell v Susan Calman (6th August), Josie Long v Mark Watson (7th August), Phil Nichol v Lloyd Langford (8th August) and Elis James v Josh Widdicombe (9th August), as they compete for a coveted place in the grand final on Friday 10th August.

Hosted by award-winning comedian Mark Allen ("A total delight" Time Out) and aided by his "glamorous" assistant Eli Silverman ("a small, semi-feral, hairy man" Chortle), the show tests the contestants' skills in rounds such as maths, languages, etiquette, science, anthropology, poetry, wit, literature and hunting. Yes, hunting.

But once the dust has settled, only one of the contestants can be crowned Edinburgh 2012's very own Universal Genius. Who is your money on?


Person Role
Mark Allen Self
Eli Silverman Self