Didn't work, did it? I had to switch channels, a thing that hardly ever happens. He just wasn't funny. Simon Evans is funny but he appears to be just about the only right-of-centre comedian around at the moment. Or have I forgotten anyone?
His intervention near the end - "is there such a thing as a right wing script writer" - was bizarre. It was a response to some jokes about the Queen's discomfort at her coronation:
Wearing a heavy crown gave her the most muscular neck in her cage fighting division She was forced to ride in a gold carriage because of her terrible Uber rating after a corgi crapped in the footwell. Wearing a crown isn't as bad as having to go through a hen night wearing a Claire's Accessories tiara.
Apparently, to Oborne this was a left wing rant impugning the Queen's reputation. He clearly spends too much time in the Daily Mail bubble in which one never refers to "the Queen" but always to "Her Majesty, the Queen".
I almost switched off after five minutes as well. I persevered, it didn't get better. Completely counter-productive of the Beeb really - basically inviting the right wing village idiot down for everyone to laugh at. Not helpful.
Not just me then. I've heard alleged right wingers on the NQ before like Daniel Finkelstein who is cleverer than a clever thing and has a sense of humour. It would be fair for right wingers to consider the NQ biased to a leftwing position and to have to box quite clever to get their worldview accepted, but Oborne sneering without any jokes didn't work. Imagine working with him. Jeez.
He wasn't very funny but I thought the show was funny overall. The other panellists and the presenter had some quick comebacks. He just kept making the same "joke" over and over, which was repeatedly complaining about the left wing bias of everyone at the BBC. Apparently, any joke at the expense of a Conservative government (on a news quiz comedy ffs) is proof of blatent, unacceptable bias.
Only just spotted this. I was sufficiently stunned at the time to mention it on FB!
Oborne was truly awful & was put in his place brilliantly. "I thought this was supposed to be balanced" (Really, Peter? Did you really?) Miles - "well go righter, Peter"
I notice they've had a rightish person each week this series, which is good. The other 2 so far were sufficiently quick-witted AND FUNNY to hold their own but poor old Oborne was way out of his depth. I'm hoping to hear Hugo Rifkind & Danny Finkelstein in the next couple. Gyles Brandreth would be ok too.