Sunday, September 17, 2006

Oh, one more thing...

I've seen it said that Mitchell & Webb's "Numberwang" sketch is basically the same joke as the classic Adam & Joe "Quizzlesticks" sketch from, ooh, must be a decade ago now. (That would be this one, if you haven't seen it.)

Well, no. The joke in "Quizzlesticks" is that the rules are unfathomably complex. The joke in "Numberwang" is that people shout out completely random numbers and everyone acts as though it was a perfectly sensible puzzle game. That's a totally different joke.

Mind you, "Numberwang" is undeniably the same joke as "Mornington Crescent." (Or at least, the joke that "Mornington Crescent" has been doing for most of its existence.)