U.S. Election pilot show for Have I Got News For You
Tim Clark6 November 2012
Comedy panel show Have I Got news For You could be heading to the U.S. after an intriguing message from the producer of the long-running series.
Hat Trick head honcho Jimmy Mulville tweeted his followers from New York yesterday to say that he was in the States to produce a pilot for a U.S. audience.
"Just landed in NY to make a pilot of HIGNFY for US TV. We've got host and team captains. All we need now are two guests for Friday", Mulville said.
If successful, HIGNFY will be the latest in a series of UK comedy shows to attempt the cross over to an American audience.
The long-running political satire show, which has been running since 1990 currently stars Private Eye’s Ian Hislop and comedian Paul Merton.
The show recently celebrated its tenth anniversary with guest hosts a few weeks ago, marking a decade since former host Angus Deaton quit the show. Regular guests include current favourite Alexander Armstrong who has been on the show 21 times, Ross Noble, who has made 14 appearances as well as Andy Hamilton and Marcus Brigstocke with 12 appearances each.
Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone holds the record for appearances by a politician, having appeared 11 times, beating current incumbent Boris Johnson, who has seven appearances.
The U.S. show, if successful is likely to include many former and possibly current politicians in both the Democratic and Republican party, which have recently fought a long and bitter election campaign – which concludes today.
Mulville followed up his earlier tweet with a comment on the U.S. election, saying “Wonder if Mitt Romney might be unexpectedly free on Friday?”.