Tuesday, April 08, 2008

QI for NI - Hmm ... Colin Murphy’s Great Unanswered Questions

Colin Murphy's Great Unanswered Questions - warm up

Hmm ... Colin Murphy’s Great Unanswered Questions is a new radio show on Friday nights. Recorded in the QFT’s small theatre space, the stage features a sofa and a couple of arm chairs. In a somewhat Baddiel and Skinner-esque fashion, sitting on those chairs are four people, enjoying a drink of beer and having a bit of a chat around the big unanswered questions of life.

  • Comedian Colin Murphy who acts as host, warm up man, and inquisitor;
  • Resident boffin Dr David Booth, postdoc researcher in evolutional genetics in the Dept of Biology and Biochemistry at QUB (and the kind of guy you’d want on your pub quiz team)
  • Computer geek Matthew Collins, who’s the quiet keyboard wizard and surfs to find witty online references
  • and a guest comedian/comedienne who helps ask and answer the questions.

There’s a fair amount of background research done before the show records, but the banter abounds – parts of it unbroadcastable at 7.30pm on a Friday night – and displaying the search results (Cue sting: He’s a key-board wiz-ard) on a big screen makes for good radio.

Colin Murphy’s Great Unanswered Questions - where a discussion of sneezing and farting gets you

I’m guessing that parts of the conversation at the recording we attending last Saturday won’t all make it through the editing! The shot above came out of a discussion about sneezing and farting at the same time, causing a vacuum ... which segwayed into placement of foreign causing vacuums and being difficult to remove ...

There’ll be an episode of QI for NI on Listen Again for the next month or so.

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