8 thoughts on “I am so excited I think I might be sick.

  1. NJ

    I squealed, if Osman is involved in a UK version there’s a very good chance this is going to be wonderful.

    1. Brig Bother Post author

      Well he’s an Endemol UK director, so he may not have much involvement in it. Let’s wait and see.

      I’ve put so many eggs in this basket I’m terrified it’s going to be rubbish, but I’m hoping they get the right people to work on it.

      Of course the news might be “it’s never going to happen”.

      1. Mart with a Y not an I

        Yes, but from the couple of editions of AUA I’ve seen (and then kick myself for A) not watching more of them more often and B) wishing I could speak Italian), the humour and chaotic nature would translate well into the UK, with the right hand on the comedy tiller even before the studio is booked out for the recordings.

        So, ‘if’ Richard takes an active role during this bit, I think it would be alright. Actually, I thought he would be a decent host for it as well. You need someone who can do ‘dry’ but then able throw in a killer laugh line when least expected.
        But, you would have to let the characters and catchphrases grow organically. We Brits don’t like to be told what is and what isn’t funny – and that’s going to be the sole rule by which any UK version of AUA will survive by.

        But, if commissioned, there’s going to be a seat in the studio audience with my name on it. End of.

        1. Brig Bother Post author

          Yep, I think the characters and the gags from the Italian show would actually work really well translated for a UK audience on a 1:1 basis, in a way I’m not sure they would for every country. They’re not especially culturally orientated.

          I don’t know how well it’s doing down in Albania but I understand it didn’t do that well in Spain, although they changed the humour of it (they didn’t really have characters, they had celebrity guests and optional timed challenges). I still very much enjoyed watching it (we were watching it here last Summer before we saw the Italian show) but a more straight version would seem odd now.

          Actually I remeber watching my first full ep of AuA last Autumn and very much enjoying it but remarking there’s a lot of arsing about. I wouldn’t have it any other way now, but I think a UK show might want to fit a few more rounds of questions in certainly in the early episodes whilst things develop.

          The three things necessary for the host are 1) they’ve GOT to be a people person, 2) they’ve GOT to be a decently funny improviser and run with whatever happens, 3) they’ve GOT to be able to convincingly nail the endgame.

          1. Brig Bother Post author

            Unfortunately I’ve idly thought that actually Chris Evans would probably be quite good, sorry.

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