Al Murray talks snowflakes and Winston Churchill as he gears up to host celebrity Great British Pub Quiz

Al Murray talks snowflakes and Winston Churchill as he gears up to host celebrity Great British Pub Quiz

February 25, 2019

He says millennials — who get offended by classic sitcoms such as Friends and comedians like Ricky Gervais — have no sense of humour.

In an exclusive chat, the comedian famed for his Pub Landlord character said: “When someone’s offended by a joke, what they’re really saying is, ‘I don’t think that’s funny’.

“They then explain why they don’t think it’s funny by saying they’re offended.

“I’ve never sat thinking, ‘How do I offend people?’. All I’m worried about is making people laugh.

“But the thing about offence anyway is that Ricky doesn’t offend his audience, they love what he does. So he’s not really offending anyone. If he offended his audience they wouldn’t turn up.” The latest figure on snowflakes’ radar is wartime PM Winston Churchill, who some claim was a racist who killed thousands of innocent civilians.

But Al, who has presented many historical documentaries, said: “People cherry-pick bits of history and talk about it to say what they want about it.

“But because they are cherry-picking, they never give the full picture.” The comic will be hosting Al Murray’s Great British Pub Quiz, which starts on March 7 at 10pm on Quest.

It involves two teams of quiz nuts — with a celebrity guest each — representing their boozers in a series of rounds.
Former EastEnder Shaun Williamson is a regular, with Ed Byrne, Kerry Godliman and Phill Jupitus also featuring in the series.

But when last orders are called on this show, don’t expect Al, who appeared on Hell’s Kitchen in 2004, to return to reality TV.

He said: “I would never do Strictly. One of my things with being a comic is I’m quite happy to make a fool of myself but on my terms.”

I can’t imagine him in those Strictly sequins either.

Cap'n car-lamity

THE team that had The Grand Tour’s James May to “help” them thought they had the quiz in the bag when a motoring round popped up.

But Captain Slow struggled to find the answers. Al said: “James didn’t do particularly well on the car questions, which was quite funny.

“The team they were against got upset that he was getting a car question. They were going, ‘Oh that’s not fair’ – and then he screwed it up anyway.

“He’s got to go back to The Grand Tour now and explain himself.”


Stars Russell up cakes

RUSSELL Brand and baking don’t sound like a natural mix.

But the comic has signed up for the return of The Great Celebrity Bake Off For Stand Up To Cancer.

In the first episode he is joined by fellow comedian Jon Richardson, Hollywood actor John Lithgow and Paralympian wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft.

Russell, whose mum has had cancer, said: “My mum was always baking cakes – if only I’d paid attention I could have had that knowledge.” Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig return to present the six episodes, which begin on March 5 at 8pm on Channel 4, along with judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

Chor, blimey!

THE Greatest Dancer champ Ellie Ferguson is giving half the £50,000 winnings to her choreographer.

Ellie, 14, won over the public with two dances on Saturday.

She said: “I’m going to give £25,000 to my choreographer. She deserves it for everything she has done to help me.”

Ellie performed with her dance captain and Strictly pro Oti Mabuse during the finale and also did a solo routine.

Nelson eyes up a kiss

THE rumours about Wes Nelson and his skate partner Vanessa Bauer hotted up last night as they appeared to KISS mid-routine.

Viewers of Dancing On Ice were sure they saw the pair – who have already been romantically linked – lock lips on the rink.

They also scored the first perfect tens of the series from judges Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.

Earlier, paramedics were called after the duo came a cropper in rehearsals yesterday. Wes suffered a painful arm injury when he slipped while holding Vanessa in a lift above his head.

The pair, who were eventually given the all-clear by health professionals, scrapped the tricky “Detroiter lift” from their performance on last night’s time tunnel-themed episode.

It saw them progress through to next week’s semi-finals after suffering no further slip-ups.

Last night, singer Melody Thornton was booted off.

must watch

WHAT? Warren, BBC1, 9pm.

WHY? MARTIN CLUNES returns to sitcoms. He plays the world’s worst driving instructor, who has been forced to move from the south to Preston to be with his new family.


Jay reveals police have been looking for her, but he has stalled them. He tries to cement his relationship with Ruby – but gets snubbed when she is too busy with potential client Lewis.

Later, Ruby causes a scene when Lewis tries to make a pass, and then things go from bad to worse.

In CORONATION STREET, Billy offers to accompany Shona to the funeral. When they arrive, Macca tells her she is not welcome and Clayton wants nothing to do with her.

Meanwhile in EMMERDALE, Cain criticises Debbie’s parenting and she slaps him, leaving him stunned. Debbie warns Kerry to keep Cain out of Kyle’s life.

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