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Bill Bailey Angelina Jolie Bill Bailey is a popular British stand-up comedian and musician. He is known for his role on Black Books and appearances on QI, Never Mind the Buzzcocks (where he was a team captain for quite some time, replacing Sean Hughes), Have I Got News for You and Spaced. He has also had small parts in movies such as Hot Fuzz; The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie adaptation (as a falling sperm whale); Run, Fat Boy, Run, and a few others. He also can be seen appearing as a trick dog obsessed father in Series 2 of Skins.

Bailey is an incredibly talented musician, a very funny comedian who launches into non-sequiturs a lot, and he resembles an overgrown, hairy Klingon troll. But is lovable nonetheless.

Not to be confused with Ben Bailey. Or Axl Rose (who was called Bill Bailey in childhood). Or Bill Daily.


Bill Bailey provides examples of the following tropes:
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Bill: "Are they singing 'ham/hamster'?... WHY THAT BILL BAILEY!" Because that's how Brandon Flowers talks - like a 1950s villain.

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  • Bald of Awesome: Mixed with long flowing hair.
  • Berserk Button: Yes, he's heard all of the "Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey?" jokes.
    • On one episode of QI, the song was the noise his buzzer made when he pressed it. He began to get frustrated by it near the middle of the episode and started to push Alan Davies' button instead of his to ring in.
  • Blatant Lies: Lampshaded when he discusses the composition methods of Dmitri Valenkov, who he describes as "largely fictitious".
  • Cargo Cult: The crowd at the Dublin O2 began worshiping Bill's Oud. "Ooooooouuuuuuuuuuddd."
    • In a BBC interview about the Doctor Who 2011 Christmas special, Bill mentions his Twitter followers' Wild Mass Guessing about what role he's going to play. Somebody guessed he'll be playing an Ood.
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Cool Old Guy: Increasingly. Bill makes a very intentional effort to keep his material current and sincerely appeal to younger fans without seeming patronising. When not jamming to oddly awesome musical medleys or lambasting the mediocrity of the UK, he lampoons the silliness of internet culture.
  • Heavy Mithril: Prog rock tribute-cum-parody "The Leg of Time" strays into this territory.
  • In the Style Of: Bailey does this at least once a show, often combining it with Lyrical Dissonance.
  • Knock-Knock Joke: Defied in Bill's inner monologue, in which he responds to himself, "Don't say 'knock knock', just knock!" before going off at a tangent.
  • Minsky Pickup: Bill calls it the "Basic Cockney intro" and claims that it's present in Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata.
  • Nazi Gold: Became the subject of a routine after a charity gig sponsored by a Swiss Bank explicitly asked him not to make any jokes about Nazi Gold. Never tell a comedian not to make jokes about something.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: In real life, Bill is a naturally gifted musician and highly intelligent. However, in his shows, he often portrays himself as awkward, disheveled, bumbling and somewhat dense, right before launching into a highly detailed parable about classical music and existential philosophy.
    • Can cross over the lines of Absent-Minded Professor cross Ditzy Genius at sometimes, though. There are a few tangents that come from nowhere and go somewhere, but not somewhere within the orbital perimeter of Jupiter. They just take flight and keep on going...
  • One of Us: He is a massive Star Trek fan, even going so far as to name his son Dax. Which was actually named after a childhood friend but you try telling the internet that.
    • He is also known to wear anime paraphernalia, appearing in Dragon Ball and Naruto t-shirts in separate episodes of QI.
  • Stupid Statement Dance Mix: Drum 'n' Bush
  • Surreal Humor: very much the purveyor of surrealistic humor. A lot of his material wanders into Metaphorgotten territory, subsequently gets lost, and then decides to build a shack out of fern leaves in order to ponder the existential interpretation of the leprechaun.
  • Theme Tune: A lot of TV theme tunes are discussed and/or rendered in a different style. In addition to those mentioned elsewhere on the page, we have:
    • Eastenders, which he likens to "a wheelbarrow full of cold porridge being pushed up a plank and dumped into a skip" and gives the theme tune the lyrics "Everyone is going to die". Also played on sitar (well, on guitar with sitar-flavoured effects on the amp) in Part Troll.
    • Doctor Who in Belgian jazz style.
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Exterminez-vous! Exterminez-vous encore!

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"The LAMINATED BOOK OF DREAMS!" "Why is it laminated?" "TO CATCH THE TEARS OF JOY!" "So many beautiful things, I cannot possess them all!"

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  • With Lyrics: He has done this for a number of instrumental TV theme tunes, perhaps most notably Master Mind: "You're ALL GOING TO DIEEEEEEEEE...DAH-DAH!"
  • Word Salad Lyrics: "The Leg of Time" has a few of these, such as "Ride a white pig to the edge of Lapland" and "Magical chanting is no crime/when you're suckled by a blind Alsatian".
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