23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Funny and enjoyable, if a little predictable,
This review is from: Universally Challenged: Quiz Contestants Say the Funniest Things (Paperback)
Wendy Roby's book probably doesn't need any extra publicity from me, having been shown on "Russell Howard's Good News " on TV the other day. The book is called "Universally Challenged " - which is surely one of the most popular names for quiz teams throughout the length and breadth of the country - right up there with Norfolk and Chance, I'd guess. If you haven't heard of it, basically a collection of daft answers which have been given by real contestants on real TV quiz shows.
There's no doubt that there is a lot of very funny stuff in here. I'll admit that I was laughing out loud at some of the answers in here.
- quite a few of the funniest ones in here have been out there on `funny things contestants say on quiz show' web sites and web pages for a long time, and won't be new to you.
- most of the answers tend to come from a rather limited number of shows.
- You can't help wondering whether every answer given in here is 100% genuine. For example, one of the answers given is this - in reply to the question which went something like this - what was the name given to people in medieval times paid to entertains royalty and the nobility ? - the answer given was lepers . Really ? I can remember the same joke being used in an episode of Blackadder 2.
- A large number of answers come from Family Fortunes, or from its American progenitor, Family Feud. For me, this tends to make them less funny than wrong answers in a real quiz.
Its not an expensive book at all, and pretty good value I would have thought. It was nice to see a little bit of a tribute to Bob Johnson - Family Fortunes' Turkey man - at the end of the book as well