8 Out of 10 Cats

Ok guys, time to talk about my love for this show (which is not in any way actually about cats).

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Wikipedia describes the show as: “8 Out of 10 Cats is a British television comedy panel game produced by Zeppotron (a subsidiary of Endemol UK) forChannel 4.”

My description: “A freaking hilarious British panel show, where I don’t understand at least 50% of the jokes because I don’t live in the UK, but the other 50% that I do understand usually make me laugh so hard that I cry and I love Jon Richardson so it makes it all better.”

The host of the show is Jimmy Carr and the 2 team captains are Sean Lock and Jon Richardson.

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These 3 guys are like the gods of funny to me.

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So basically on the show the 2 teams have their captain and then 2 other people on the teams. The guests are usually comedians, B-list actors, TV personalities, or reality stars (sometimes they have sports players on as well). There are 3 parts of the show. The first part, “What Are You Talking About?”, the teams have to guess the most popular talking points in Britain. The second part, “Pick of the Polls”, is when the teams are shown 4 pictures and they pick one and answer the statistic or question that goes with the picture. The third part, “And the Winner Is”, is when the teams have kind of a free for all answer/guess part. At the end of the show the team with the most points wins.

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Some of my favorite European comedians are on the show.

David O’Doherty is an Irish comedian. My best friend and I will have entire conversations just quoting his material.

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Joe Wilkinson is about the creepiest looking comedian in the world. He looks like a pedo… But he is hilarious.

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Sarah Millican is who I want to be when I grow up. She is the funniest woman on the planet.

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But Jon Richardson is still my favorite.

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8 Out of 10 Cats is now doing Countdown shows. I’m American… So I had absolutely no idea what Countdown was. And I still haven’t even watched a regular episode of Countdown.

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I’ve only watched 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and I love it.

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They are given a set of letters and have to come up with words, whichever team has the longest word gets the points. They also have certain sets of numbers and have to used basic math skills to get to a designated number. I am terrible at doing the letters and the numbers. But it is a delight to watch these comedians try.

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Several of the same comedians guest star on it. And it is almost funnier than the actually 8 Out of 10 Cats show.

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This show is just one of the reasons that I would want to move to the UK. To watch it I have to rely on the kindness of strangers. And by kindness I mean them illegally uploading it onto YouTube. So thank-you guys! Keep ’em coming!

If you’ve never watched this show… Well, you just need to watch it.

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Jon Richardson is funny.

This is Jon Richardson.

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He is a British comedian and he is hilarious!

He is currently my 2nd favorite comedian behind Eddie Izzard (Eddie is literally the funniest person on earth. Don’t argue with me about it. You can’t change my mind!)

How I first learned about Jon Richardson is a winding story of how YouTube can really mess with your head. It all innocently started as a search for “Funny Doctor Who Clips” because I love Doctor Who. Then to the side I saw an interview with David Tennant, than another and another, and then suddenly I’m watching a British chat show called “The Graham Norton Show” and David Tennant and Catherine Tate are guest with Josh Groban and…. Jon Richardson!

Jon was hilarious on the show so I clicked the next video on YouTube which was for a show called “8 out of 10 cats” and then all hell broke loose. I am now addicted to British TV shows in the worst way. I pretty much hate American TV now.

“8 out of 10 cats” is a hilarious panel show and most of the time I don’t understand what news stories they are talking about but I still laugh. The host is Jimmy Carr and Richardson is in charge of one team and Sean Locke is in charge of the other. Most of the guests are comedians or TV personalities. I watch it whenever I can. (I just re-watched the last season for the 3rd time.)

Back to Jon though… On the show he is a 30 year old single man (although I think recently he has gotten himself a girlfriend) who struggles with OCD, pessimism, and the fact that, in his eyes, the rest of humankind are pretty much idiots. This is why he is hilarious.

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See what I mean? It’s sad… but funny. And he’s so adorable that it makes it even funnier.

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I feel the same way buddy… Sad, yet still funny. (If you don’t believe me watch an episode on YouTube.)

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Maybe I just like him because he seems to be the male version of myself (except I am not 30 yet and my job isn’t as fun as his is).

I’ll probably end up writing an entire entry on “8 out of 10 cats” because I love it so much. They recently have been doing “Countdown” episodes (another British TV show) and those are even funnier.

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They have to take a random bunch of letters and make them into words… They rarely actually do that though.

Richardson also has a book out.

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I just recently got my hands on it and it is ridiculously funny. It talks about his struggle with OCD and being single, but not in a sad pathetic way, but in a rather funny way. He’s not shy of making fun of himself and pointing out that most of the problems in his life are because of himself.

So if you get a chance, get on YouTube and watch him at the Apollo, or on 8 out of 10 cats, or on anything really.

He is quite funny.