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20 odd comedy facts

Courtesy of QI

The latest QI book –  1,441 Facts To Knock You Sideways – is published tomorrow, packed full of off-the-wall information. Here were present 20 of the snippets related (even if loosely) to the world of comedy contained therein…

• The first man to pass the compulsory driving test in Britain in 1935 was Mr Beene.

• Matt LeBlanc was down to his last $11 when he got the part of Joey in Friends.

• Ross from Friends celebrated his 29th birthday in three consecutive seasons.

• In some parts of Germany it is illegal to show The Life Of Brian on Good Friday.

• The cross-eyed silent film comedian Ben Turpin had his eyes insured against uncrossing.

• In French episodes of The Simpsons, Homer’s catchphrase ‘D’oh’ is dubbed as ’T’oh’.

• As a nuclear safety inspector, Homer Simpson earns $20,000 more than the average American.

• Matt Groening’s mother was called Marge Wiggum.

• A leading comedian in Iran was banned from acting for eight years because he looked too much like the president.

• Whoopi Goldberg used to be a bricklayer.

• ‘Dr Seuss’ should be pronounced ‘Dr Zoice’

Russell Brand’s My Booky Wook was banned from Guantanamo Bay.

• The Chilean word achaplinarse means to run about in the style of Charlie Chaplin

• The second episode of the Muppets was called Sex And Violence.

• Before he started eating cookies, the Cookie Monster’s name was Sid.

• Bill Murray was once pulled over by the Swedish police for driving a golf cart under the influence of alcohol.

• The clown Joseph Grimaldi was seen by one in eight people in Victorian London

• Sir Bruce Forsyth is four months older than sliced bread.

• The Radio Times is 12 days older than Nicholas Parsons.

• The last words of John Le Mesurier were ‘It’s all been rather lovely’.

QI’s 1,441 Facts To Knock You Sideways is published tomorrow, priced £10.99. Click here to buy from Foyles for £8.02. The new L Series of QI starts on BBC Two at 10pm this Friday.

Published: 1 Oct 2014

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