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It’s a Mad Mad new panel show
Russell Webb evaluates how mad the world really is
Russell Webb evaluates how mad the world really is.
The latest King of Saturday night TV, Paddy McGuiness, has a new panel show in which they scour the news stories and adverts around the world for the most bonkers and unusual.
The Take Me Out host swaps the 30 rowdy girls looking for love for six celebrities competing for air time led by team captains Rufus Hound and Rhys Darby (from Flight of the Concords and Yes Man). This week’s guests include the first ever supermodel Janice Dickenson, X Factor judge Louis Walsh and Irish comedian Jason Byrne.
Rounds in this show include ‘what happened next’ and ‘guess the hidden talent’. The latter in the first show is performed by a man known as Waterboy from Germany’s Got Talent. The teams are only allowed to ask ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions leading to some outrageous guesses. Similarly the ‘what happened next’ round generates answers that are so ridiculous that they are actually close to the real answer, especially with clips from Japan.
ITV have taken the traditional panel show format and combined it with the content from shows such as Tarrant on TV and Russell Howard’s Good News in the hope that it will provide comedy gold. If the first show is anything to go by, it’s not quite side splittingly funny, but it just might tickle your fancy.