Well this was exciting and no mistake. I had learned a few lessons from recording the pilot and listened to your feedback, and even took some on board. I hope you enjoy this episode, I continue to be interested in your thoughts.
Once again the questions have been supplied by our good friends at QuizQuizQuiz.com.
Here is Episode 01: The PROPER CELEBRITY Special. It is about 26 minutes long. Link Correct January 2014.
And here are the show notes for those who find this sort of thing interesting – you’re advised to listen to the show first as there are spoilers here:
- I’ve known both Ian (from messageboards and suchlike) and Tom (long time Friend of the Bar) for ages, although this is the first time I’ve talked to them for real. Ian said he was interested in doing an episode and as someone Off The Telly I felt I needed another Off The Telly celeb to do it. And Tom agreed! So yay them.
- I’ve subconciously nicked the episode titling convention (of referring to every episode as a special) from Tom Scott and pals’ Technical Difficulties podcast.
- The first thing you will notice compared to the pilot is that the sound quality is much better. I had a few days before done the inaugural episode of Fifty 50 and decided to try out recording on Audacity AND MP3 Skype recorder to see what would transpire. What transpired was good, so no you didn’t get the awkward edits this time round. It was just a case of syncing everything up and editing them together.
- However, for some reason apparently Skype frequently dropped out my end. I could hear them, and they could hear each other, but apparently they couldn’t hear me quite a lot. Could this be a router thing? I’m on Virgin 60mb so I don’t think it’s my speed. This happened last time too. Let me know if you have any ideas.
- You’ll be pleased to note that Ian didn’t die from his 26 mile walk, and did indeed make his target so yay him. And no, for those who listened all the way to the end of the show, I didn’t just donate a pound. Publically I’m happy to be a bastard, privately a little bit less so. A little bit.
- I don’t think the opening line was provocative enough.
- I think I just about get away with the dangerous temporal joke at the beginning. Which is just as well, because I just about fail to deliver many of my other gags very well throughout, I think I stuff up the big You Bet! gag at the end significantly. These things always play out so differently in your head when you write them, don’t they? Imagine how good this show could be with a competant host. And producer.
- I do try and avoid being trite – you’ve got to be first or you’ve got to subvert otherwise you don’t bring anything to the table. But I could not avoid going for a cheap laugh with the Wimpy reference. Sorry.
- I’m putting “err”ing down to filling whilst trying to do three things at once. Yes.
- You’ll note that the “I don’t make the rules/you do make the rules” catchphrase has gone. I think it’s an excellent catchphrase, the trouble is there is nowhere to put it where it comes off as natural. I had considered comedy punishments for losing, “eternal damnation,” that sort of thing but decided that it would sound rubbish. So for the moment it’s gone.
- However “no, it’s the other one” caught on quite quickly.
- The beds! Yes. About a week before I was just going to put Paul Koulak’s Fort Boyard Council music over the third round and I was going to leave it at that. And then I read something about creating simple beds on iPad Garageband which I downloaded ages ago so had a play around. Basically I’m all about synthesizers and percussion. Happily Smart Bass: Exoplanet and Smart Drums go well together and make pretty decent (if very simple) gameshow beds.
- I think I might swap the round two and three bed around for next time though, as I think the round two one is more tense. Let me know what you think. Bed two originally had a very quick drum going in the background, but I felt it drowned everything else out too much.
- The quiz worked really well. Jack at QuizQuizQuiz had the suggestion of making the questions a little bit harder this time round, and also the suggestion that two broad categories, two slightly less broad categories and one narrow one would be a good way to go. He knows his stuff. It’s interesting that despite the harder questions, the scores were actually a bit higher than the pilot.
- Here is the spreadsheet with the questions on so you can compare OFFICIAL difficulty: The Line Up 2
- Really pleased it went to the wire, although perhaps should have reiterated the scores more towards the end.
- It turns out that the question of The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night Time turned up on Tom’s high-altitude trivia training camp he did on the afternoon of the record. I still can’t believe he had never heard of The Raccoons. But that’s part of the fun isn’t it? The idea that you could give away a ton of points on an easy question you don’t realise is easy. I had listened to all of the Technical Difficulties podcasts previously and it hadn’t twigged that the tennis net question had come up on his show. Not sure there’s much that can be done about that, you can remove luck as far as possible but you can’t remove it completely (and still be fun).
- There was some discussion afterwards as to what the result would have been if Ian had swapped all the round one and round two questions around. In fact, it would have led to a tied game at 18 points each. I am happy this didn’t happen because the tiebreak I had planned was lousy.
- The next one is hopefully at the end of October. It will contain references to Halloween and Guy Fawkes. Probably. Does anyone have any other questions?