Last week Housemate and I went to see the British comedy smart-arse panel show QI being filmed in their London Studios!!
We'd got tickets through the Applause Store - no money involved, it's just the luck of the draw if you get picked to receive tickets
I was overjoyed when I got that email ^^
Getting there and waiting wasn't too bad; the studios are right near to London Waterloo, where our train comes in, and although we waited 90 minutes (doors opened at 6:30 we got there at 5pm) they did things quickly and smoothly. As we'd got their early we got some pretty good seats - in the middle of the upper middle section.
The studio has a forest of lights pouring from the ceiling. ^^ The 'QI Elves' were entertaining us as we were sat waiting for the show to start by writing silly/smart things on some TVs which also hung from the ceiling. The floor manager had to do the usual health and safety stuff (he apologised for 'insulting our intelligences' but he had to do it) he also gave the proper reason for turning phones off - "they make the speakers make that brmm brmm noise, and you don't want that to happen because five comedians will bury you."
Then Stephen Fry came in
Ahhh pleasing. He's such a wonderful host, welcoming and such. The guests on this episode were Alan Davies (duh) Bill Bailey, Julian Clary and Ross Noble. The theme was Jumping.
They filmed for about two hours - god those seats were becoming uncomfortable by the end >.< - and Housemate and I were trying to figure which bits they would cut for the episode. They also had to do a pick-up to insert a klaxon - SF introduced these Ancient Greek weights that were used for momentum in the Long Jump with the phrase "What could these make six-and-a-half inches longer?" or similar; you could guess what Alan said
and then "I can't believe you didn't klaxon that!!"
Oh it was great. If you have access to the new series later this summer look for episode 10, you might hear me squeaking (I laugh so hard sometimes I suck in air hard and make a loud squeaking noise)
I did a silly little cartoon
of it. ^^