Paddy McGuinness

Paddy McGuinness is being lined up for a new ITV1 series – opposite stand-up stars Rhod Gilbert and Sarah Millican.

Now, in the latter two, you have a couple of decent, witty-enough stand-up comics… in the case of McGuinness… well… there’s very little I can think of that’s remotely positive.

If you’ve seen Take Me Out, then you’ll know just how inordinately irritating the human race can be. “Nicky Nacky Noo“, constant “Eh? Eh? Eh?” and mugging to camera last seen when Dave Benson Phillips was on our screens.

Paddy McGuinness is like a one-man Wheel Tappers and Shunters Club (although, in his defence, at least he’s not telling jokes about ‘the blacks’).

So anyway, what’s this new show about?

Well, it’s a new panel show called They Drink It In The Congo. Ah. That’d been named after the Um Bongo drink which was pulled off the shelves because it wasn’t a particularly accurate nod toward our African cousins. Still, it’s not explicitly making jokes about ‘the blacks’, right?

Jesus, I hope not.

The show is designed to ‘celebrate all things funny from around the world’ and, if the show is given the green light, then it pretty much guarantees that McGuinness will become one of ITV’s key-stars.

Shudder.

McGuinness will be chairing They Drink It In The Congo, with Gilbert and Millican as team captains. The pilot is being recorded in front of a live audience at BBC TV Centre on March 5.

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