Episode 5 Russell Howard's Good News


Episode 5

Topical comedy show in which Russell Howard offers up his unique perspective on the news stories that have dominated broadcast and print media over the past seven days.


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This programme contains some strong language and adult humour.

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AUDIENCE CHEERS

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Thank you. Thank you very much.

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Thank you very much.

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Hello, and welcome to Good News.

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Hope you've had a good week. So, what's been happening?

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Well, Alan Johnson revealed the most unprofessional thing he's ever done.

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Fingered a senior civil servant.

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AUDIENCE LAUGHS

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I tell you what, Chris Hollins needs to work on his street slang.

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Your mummy!

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Did anyone else see Louis Walsh's sperm on telly?

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AUDIENCE LAUGHS

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Here's a tip, never interview someone on a trampoline.

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Emma? Emma?

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Emma?

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Over on BBC News, they interviewed the world anal champions.

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It's not for everyone, is it, those tight spaces?

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Here's a couple of guys who love it.

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AUDIENCE LAUGHS

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And finally, Denise Roberts has got a terrifying stare.

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Leave us to get on with it.

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When you see it a second time, it gets even scarier!

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Leave us to get on with it.

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DRAMATIC MUSIC

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APPLAUSE

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So, the big news for me was this.

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I broke my hand!

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In case you didn't see what happened.

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Last week, I broke it by doing press-ups on a breakable stool.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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-AUDIENCE:

-Oh!

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Oh, I love that(!)

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Not, "Aw!"

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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I thought you were going to go, "Aww!" and you all applauded!

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What a weird... "Look, he can barely move his hand!"

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I was in agony!

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Still, you can rely on your mates in a crisis.

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Here's some texts I received minutes after the news broke.

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Here's one from my mate, Steve.

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And my personal favourite came from my filthy toad of a brother.

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Cheers, bruv.

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If you think I had a bad week, it's nothing compared to this guy.

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter made a complete tool of himself.

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Sepp Blatter, President of FIFA, football's world governing body,

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has said the game does not have a problem with racism

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and believes any racist incidents can be settled with a handshake.

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You can say what you want, as long as you shake hands.

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If that's the case, Sepp Blatter you are an ignorant, out of touch,

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-overpaid, fat old

-BLEEP!

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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OK? We'll be friends?

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Did you see how he responded to this racial controversy?

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He put this photo on a FIFA website.

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A picture of him hugging a black man!

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"He's my best friend!"

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What you can't see - that bloke's feet are in chains.

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To be honest,

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it's hardly surprising Blatter's been in the news.

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He's said some outrageous things.

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Last year, Blatter was forced to apologise

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after suggesting that...

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What does he think they're going to do?!

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"We scored! Somebody bum me!"

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What a moron!

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Mind you,

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I'd love to see the photo he showed to prove he wasn't homophobic.

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AUDIENCE LAUGHS

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It's amazing he's still in the job!

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Look what he said about John Terry, last year.

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'When John Terry was sacked because of an alleged affair,

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'Blatter said...'

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That is shocking!

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'When he was asked what might make women's football more appealing...'

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He's not all bad. I'm joking!

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Nobody wants to see a camel toe.

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In royal news,

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the rumour mill is in overdrive...

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The English press said nothing.

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The US media - they've gone bat-shit crazy.

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The pressure is on. The world is waiting.

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Could the rumours actually be true?

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Tongues are wagging uncontrollably.

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Does Kate Middleton have a bun in the oven?

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-Baby.

-Baby.

-Baby.

-Baby.

-Are we making too big a deal about this?

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Yes!

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They reckon she's pregnant because she was rubbing her belly

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and she wouldn't eat nuts.

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That isn't pregnancy, that's a sick squirrel.

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"I shouldn't have had those acorns."

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Mind you, the American reaction has got nothing

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on our old friends, at Taiwanese news.

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Look what they reckon the Queen did.

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REPORTER SPEAKS IN TAIWANESE

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Popping a johnny!

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"Philip! We must have an heir!

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"Sprinkle some Viagra in his tea."

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"OK, Liz.

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"One for Will...one for me!"

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If you think what they did with the Queen was odd.

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Look at the way they ended the report. I've watched this ten times.

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I still have no idea what is going on.

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REPORTER SPEAKS IN TAIWANESE

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LAUGHTER

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No idea.

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In political news,

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it's been a bad week for Barack Obama.

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Someone shot at the White House.

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The Secret Service found a bullet in a White House window.

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Officials think they know who fired the shot.

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Who would fire a gun at the first-ever black President?

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It was fine.

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They shook hands afterwards.

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I'm joking. It wasn't Blatter.

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Police reckon it was this guy.

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'A man suspected of shooting at the White House last Friday

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'has been charged with the attempted assassination of President Obama.'

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Shit! I hope Obama's OK.

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It must have been a close shot

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if he's been charged with attempted murder.

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Neither the President nor his family were in the White House that night.

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He wasn't even there!

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He wasn't even in the country!

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Obama was in Australia.

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How shit an assassin do you have to be

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when you miss by 8,000 miles?

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I haven't seen a miss that bad since this...

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I don't think I'm that tall.

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LAUGHTER

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What kind of dick gets filmed breaking his hand?!

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LAUGHTER

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Over in South Africa, a couple have got engaged.

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Listen to this woman describe her feelings for her fiance.

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Sounds perfect. Perfect until you find out why she's in the news.

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In South Africa, an engaged couple just found out

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they're actually brother and sister.

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-AUDIENCE:

-Oh!

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No, no, no, no, no.

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It could have been worse, they could have found out during sex.

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"Who's your daddy?"

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"He's called Peter Smith."

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"Same here!

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"Where does he live?"

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"Bristol."

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"Same here!

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"Next you'll be telling me he's six foot and walks with a limp."

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"Oh, God!"

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As you'd imagine,

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they split up straight away.

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It's a good job they didn't get married.

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"Does anyone know of any reason why these two should not be married?"

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"Yeah, their kids will have gills!"

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That isn't the only strange love story in the news.

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Over in Scotland, an eel is being released from captivity

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so he can go and have sex.

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This is Rick.

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For the past seven years this tank at Macduff Aquarium has been his home.

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But Rick's outgrown his surroundings and is restless,

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and ready to swim thousands of miles to find a mate.

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He must have been so lonely in there.

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# All by myself. #

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"All I want is love.

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"A lovely lady eel,

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"that I can call my own."

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So...did poor Rick make it to the ocean?

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'Local people gathered to watch.'

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-BOY:

-There he is!

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CROWD CHEERS

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'A few moments later he was free

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'and heading for the ocean deep.'

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He's free!

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# I'm going to get me some eel ass!

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# I'm going to get me some eel ass! #

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"Hey, ladies, what's six-foot long, black and hard? Fucking me!"

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# I'm going to get me some eel ass I'm going to get me some eel ass! #

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"What's happening, Nemo? I'm going boning!"

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# I'm going to get me some... #

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And so on.

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He must be SO happy. Seven years with no sex.

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Imagine the joy when he finally gets it on.

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Congers die after spawning.

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AUDIENCE LAUGHS

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Poor sod! "This is amazing, this is...

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"Oh, bollocks!"

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I tell you what, if I was an eel I would never orgasm.

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At the point of climax I'd think of something terrifying,

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something guaranteed to make me lose my erection.

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DRAMATIC MUSIC

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Cheers, Denise.

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Next up this week, a video of a posh man chasing his dog

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has become an internet sensation.

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I'd argue that you will never hear a better pronunciation of the words

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Jesus Christ and Benton, anywhere.

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Benton! Benton!

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Benton!

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Right, Benton!

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Oh, Jesus Christ!

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Benton!

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LAUGHTER

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Benton! Benton!

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It could have been worse.

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At least his dog wasn't called, "I'm A Paedophile."

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Have a look at this story about a child artist.

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A nine-year-old boy from Norfolk made more than £100,000 today.

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Art prodigy Kieron Williamson's pictures

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went on display at an exhibition this morning

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and sold out in just over ten minutes.

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Nine years old and he sold paintings for 100 grand.

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When I was nine I was just doing this, aah!

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"Good day, Russell?"

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"Very good day actually, Mum. Got to go, busy, aah!"

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Let's hope he doesn't get into modern art.

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"Kieron, what have you done?!"

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"I call it, Dog Chopped In Half."

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He may be the toast of the art world but his sister...not a massive fan.

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A bit boring, but they're OK.

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What do you wish he would paint?

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Like...dinosaurs or something,

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like, more realistic.

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-LAUGHTER

-I love that.

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D'you reckon she's like that with all art?

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"I like the Mona Lisa

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"but I'd rather she was holding hands with a T-rex."

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My favourite part of the report is the moment one woman realises

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how much she's paid for one of Kieron's paintings.

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What have you paid?

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£12,500 for a painting.

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-Did you realise?

-No, I didn't realise.

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I thought it was £1,200!

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"He's nine years old!

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"Just give him a Curly Wurly!

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"I'm not paying... it's just a picture of a boat!

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"There's not even a dinosaur on it!"

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The poor woman's had no luck with children's art.

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She paid nine grand for this picture of scissors.

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Now, here's a story about a freaky obsession.

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How would you feel if your husband or wife turned one of your bedrooms

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into a shrine,

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and what if that shrine was to... the Chuckle Brothers?

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Well, I'd be terrified.

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How long have you been doing this?

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About 10, 11 years

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I've been collecting their memorabilia.

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# Ch-ch-chuckle vision

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# Ch-ch-chuckle vision

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# Ch-ch-chuckle vision. #

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Well, that is every single shade of creepy!

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But then, he was on the news.

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I doubt the reporter took the piss out of him.

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Is this an obsession, Shaun?

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-No.

-Do you feel you need help?

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Sensitive!

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You ever followed them home and sat in the bushes?

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"Come on, would you wear their skin as a cape?"

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Unbelievably, this Chuckle lover is married.

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He's got a poster of his heroes - look where he wants to put it.

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I've got a big poster that might go nice above the back of our bed.

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-Right.

-You know? But...

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I might just sneak it up one night while Sonia's not looking.

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"Yeah...

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"When she's asleep, I'll creep up to her,

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"and draw a tiny moustache on her face."

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LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE

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To be fair to him, everyone's got a strange obsession.

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I mean, I cannot stop watching this.

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DOG YELPS

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You may remember, last year we found a house that looked like Hitler.

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Well...he's back.

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-D'you want to see it?

-AUDIENCE:

-Yes!

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There he is.

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AUDIENCE LAUGHS

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The trouble is, once you notice Hitler in one thing,

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you start seeing him everywhere.

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You start seeing him in goldfish.

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In shampoo bottles.

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And sometimes, if you look closely, you can even see him in dogs.

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That isn't the strangest discovery this week.

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Look what they've found in Russia.

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The woman claims she kept an alien in her fridge for two years.

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A woman kept an alien in her fridge.

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That is going to change the Lurpak advert.

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HE IMITATES TROMBONE SOUND

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What the fuck is that?!

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How mad is this woman?

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"Oh, look, an alien, shall I call the police?

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"No, I'll put it next to me bacon."

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They've actually got footage of this creature.

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She supposedly found this dead alien

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by a burning wreckage of its space craft,

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in the north west of Russia, in Karelia.

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That is not an alien.

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It looks like someone's kicked the fuck out of Mr Toad!

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It's clearly bollocks.

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The Metro summed it up best.

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Unless that was their plan.

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"We have travelled here,

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"to find out if the light stays on after you shut the fridge door."

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"It doesn't."

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"Shit."

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Whether it's an alien or not, one thing we can all agree on -

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there are worst things to find in your fridge.

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"Waaah!"

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From a dead alien to a strange funeral parlour.

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Cecil Gilmore is a Rock Hill, South Carolina mortician,

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who will likewise pose you dead,

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as you were in life.

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Instead of being led down in your coffin,

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you could be posed doing your favourite thing.

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Have a look how this works.

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This Pittsburgh Steeler fan wake has the guest of honour

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watching Steeler highlights, remote in hand.

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His family wanted to remember him as he was.

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Lazy.

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I'm not sure this is a good idea.

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It could lead to some terrible misunderstandings.

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"What have you done?!

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"When I said anal, I meant she was tidy!"

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-AUDIENCE:

-Oh!

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"My poor mum!

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"What have you done to my brother?

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"I said he loved pussy."

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"Why is he holding a cat?!"

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LAUGHTER

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"You made him look like a fool in front of all of his friends!"

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Mind you, if that funeral's not for you,

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you could always do this with your ashes...

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A company called Holy Smoke is offering a new service

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where they turn your ashes into bullets.

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That's right, you can turn dead relatives into bullets.

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Only Americans would think,

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"Grandad's dead, let's turn him into ammo."

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It's fair to say the lady interviewing the people

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who came up with this idea - not really a fan.

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Two Alabama game rangers dreamed up the idea.

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I mean, it's weird, right?

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'It's different.'

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No, it's weird.

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She's right. He's insane.

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Not only does he want to be turned into a bullet when he dies,

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he wants that bullet to be fired at a turkey.

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Look what he said...

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How could you hate turkeys that much?

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What happened?

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BEATING

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Son of a bitch!

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AUDIENCE LAUGHS

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This is the part of the show I genuinely don't know anything about.

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There's a mystery guest who's been in the news.

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I have to figure out who that person is. Please welcome my mystery guest.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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All right, there. Are you well?

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I'm good, thanks.

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-How are you?

-Not so bad.

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-What's your name?

-My name's Kevin Griffiths.

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You look a bit like

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a more attractive version

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of Harold from Neighbours.

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I answer to many things, but that's a new one on me.

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You answer to many things?

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Mr Pastry. I get all sorts.

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Mr Pastry?

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Is that to do with some form of sexual role play?

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-Could be! Depends what you want.

-Really?

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Are you in the news

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because you've been banned from every Greggs in the world?

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I am, but that's for a different reason.

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So, Mr Pastry or Kevin, welcome to Skipton.

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I've done a gig there.

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Have you?

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At the Ark. Do you know the Ark?

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Yes, we helped build it.

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-You built it?

-Yes, the Ark.

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You're not Noah, are you?

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-You look like a Beefeater, it's not that, is it?

-No, it's not that.

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-Do you want me to get some clues out of the box?

-Yeah, sure.

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Pop your box open. Let's have a look.

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Right, oh, let's have a look.

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You're a town crier.

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Hey! There you go.

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You open a box and I know exactly what's going on.

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-You're a town crier?

-Yes.

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Fantastic.

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The reason I've come here today

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is to show you how to do a bit of town-crying.

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But the reason I was in the news... I have just become,

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for the second year running, the British national champion.

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AUDIENCE CHEERS AND APPLAUDS

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-What we're going to do... Just hold that for a second.

-Sure.

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-Where have you seen that hat before?

-Pirates Of The Caribbean?

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Yes, because it was made by the same bloke that made Jack Sparrow's hat.

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Is that right?

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It's the same, but mine's black, his is brown.

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Wouldn't it be lovely

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if Johnny Depp was going, "Who makes the other one of these?

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"I've got the same one as Mr Pastry."

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So...that's mine.

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You were going to have one that big,

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but we decided since you smashed your hand, you might not be able to handle

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a big bell end, so we got you that one.

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LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE

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Put your hat on.

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What we're going to do, I'll teach you how to do a bit of town-crying.

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We try and warm the voice up first.

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Can you sing?

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Can I sing? No, not at all.

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KEVIN SINGS AND RUSSELL LAUGHS

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Can do you that?

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You just went, # Aaa, aaaa #

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Next thing, mirening and sirening.

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Mirening and...

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-Mweo-ow! Can you do that?

-Mweo-ow!

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Yeah. Sirening... HIGH PITCHED: Mweo-ow!

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-HIGH-PITCHED:

-Mweo-ow!

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-Mweow-wow!

-Mweow-wow!

-Mweow-wow!

-Mweow-wow!

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That's lifting your voice up.

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What's lovely, at this exact moment there'll be cats

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all over the land watching the telly, going "What's going on?"

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Here's a song for you

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to get your face working and get your diction and inflection working.

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So, it's a little ditty for you.

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# Papa's got a head like a ping-pong ball

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# Ping-pong ball, ping-pong ball

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# Papa's got a head like a ping-pong ball, ping-pong, ping-pong ball. #

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Over to you.

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# People shouldn't make fun of Papa He's got something wrong with him

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# He's got a head like a ping-pong ball, ping-pong ball

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# Ping-pong ball

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# Papa's got a head like a ping-pong ball

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# Don't put him near the fire. #

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So now that you're ready for all this... LAUGHTER

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-We've got a cry each to do.

-Yeah.

-I've written one especially for thee.

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-OK.

-Are you ready for this?

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BELL RINGS

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Oye, oye! Ho ye, ho ye!

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Skipton men have handsome looks,

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lovely, rounded bellies.

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But Skipton, it means sheep town,

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so don't be seen in wellies!

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God Save the Queen. APPLAUSE AND CHEERING

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Well done, my friend. Very nice.

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Right this is mine. I've got to do all that stuff at the beginning.

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BELLS RINGS

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Eh, eh?!

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Oye, oye, oh, yay!

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I broke my hand doing press-ups on a stool.

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I haven't showered for a week since it happened, that is true.

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I have to ask my mates to chop my food up, like I'm four.

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Good night. There you go.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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A pleasure meeting you, sir.

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Put your hands together for my mystery guest.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Thank you.

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Next up, I challenge you to find a fight story stranger than this...

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That's insane! Look at this...

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Over the lush, green pastures of Gippsland, there's a turf war.

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In the paddock, it's cattle country.

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To the herd, the koala is public enemy number one.

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COW MOOS

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How can cows be scared of this guy?

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-AUDIENCE:

-Aw!

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And he's willing to learn!

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Maybe the koalas are winding the cows up.

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"Hey, Daisy, what goes, 'Moo, sss?'

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"Your mum on a fucking barbie!"

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AUDIENCE LAUGHS

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Whatever happens, it's going to be a crap fight.

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They're both ridiculously docile animals.

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"Cows versus koalas."

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It'd be the shittest action movie ever.

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In a world where leather hates fur,

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it's...

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There'll be...

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..and...

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COWS MOO

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It's going to be...

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APPLAUSE

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In retail, have you seen the latest perfume hitting the streets?

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'We enlisted the services of Robin Taylor,

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'who runs the Perfume Studio,

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'to design a scent that reeks of Camden.'

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They've made a perfume that smells of Camden, in north London.

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What's the aroma? Roses, lavender?

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-I can smell sweet 'n' sour pork balls, in there.

-Great!

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I can smell the moss.

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-I can smell...

-The bottom of the barge, there?

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I think I even glimpse a rat.

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-AUDIENCE:

-Oh!

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Rats, canals and moss. Who wants to smell like this guy's ball bag?

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AUDIENCE LAUGHS

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Next, have you seen what they're doing with cash machines?

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At five ATMs across East London,

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instead of using plain English, you can opt for the Cockney version.

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Cockney cash machines? That would be an absolute nightmare!

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BUTTONS BEEP

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I ain't giving you nothing, you slag!

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Jog on, you muppet!

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Tonight's story's about a high school basketball player

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who never gave up. Check this out, it's wonderful.

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Jason McElwain, or J Mac, as his friends call him.

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Diagnosed with autism at two years old.

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He's never considered himself different or separate.

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It's not a big deal at all.

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I'm just normal like other people. That's the way I am.

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At five foot six, J Mac didn't make the junior varsity basketball team

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at his high school.

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Instead, he became team manager.

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February 15th, Greece Athena against Spencerport.

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Senior night.

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With word out that Jason might play,

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the student section printed signs of J Mac's face, just in case.

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And with 4.19 left in the game,

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coach called down to the end of the bench for number 52.

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He came into the game, they all stood up

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and they put those signs, the pictures of him up.

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I got really emotional. I sat down and started to cry.

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With 3.46 left, Jason got the ball.

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When he missed that first throw, I was like, "Oh!"

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An air ball, I was like, "Man, I just want to see him score one time."

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That third trip down the court...

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magic.

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CROWD CHEERS

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As soon as I started hitting my first shot,

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I kept shooting, and I was hot as a pistol.

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Shot after shot after shot.

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He comes down the court right at the end with three seconds left

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and he hits this one that's probably like an NBA three.

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As soon as the gun ended, they stormed the court.

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In his first and only varsity basketball game,

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J Mac was the high scorer.

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Truly the most incredible moment

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I've ever had in coaching,

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I was so touched and...

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it was just so special to me,

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that a young man... His dream came true.

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Hot as a pistol.

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Ladies and gentlemen, thanks for watching Good News. Good night.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Topical comedy show in which Russell Howard offers up his unique perspective on the news stories that have dominated the media over the past seven days. In search of the weird, the wonderful and the just plain odd, Russell and his crack team plough through over 60 news channels from across the world, read over 140 newspapers and watch over 1,000 clips all for your viewing pleasure. While there is no way of knowing what tangent the world of news will take, Russell will, as always, be joined by special mystery guests and sign off the show with an often under-reported feelgood tale of triumph, courage or kindness.

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