QI, the BBC television panel show which humbly stands for Quite Interesting, has renewed its quest to cross the pond. A petition of signatures, including Stephen Fry’s, has made the rounds for some time, but seems to be picking up steam for a possible American outlet with the great John Hodgman leading the way.
The cool thing about this series, aside from the fact that it boasts Stephen Fry as host, Alan Davies as a “permanent guest” and other panelists such as Jeremy Clarkson (Top Gear), Bill Bailey (Black Books) and Richard E. Grant (Posh Nosh) is that its more than just about trivia. To quote from the QI site:
QI isn’t really about pointless information, or shoring up vast banks of trivia, It’s about finding undiscovered connections and seeing hidden patterns, just like the best comedy. After all, curiosity is hardwired in all of us; we just lose the ability to indulge it. “The lust of the mind”, Thomas Hobbes called it, “that exceedeth the short vehemence of any carnal pleasure”. There you have it, and from a philosopher not a press release. QI: better than sex.
How can you argue with that mentality? If you’re unfamiliar with the series, here’s a quick look before you vote.
This is where you come in. Just a simple “QI” poll for your interactive pleasure. Full disclosure, I vote yes, if you couldn’t tell already.