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.
- Alliterative Name
- Arch Enemy: Chris De Burgh.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: His "Scale of evil" included Hitler, Stalin and Chris De Burgh.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Parodied with his "Kraftwerk" Hokey Cokey.
- Attention Deficit Ooh Shiny: He explains the lacklustre conclusion of the Countdown theme music as the result of the performer being distracted by a bee.
- Audience Participation: In Part Troll, Bill has the audience produce a single clap all at the same time. He notes that it sounds like a giant breaking a piece of wood in half, and goes on to mime this.
- In one show he got the audience to shout out 'barnacle', before pointing out how odd it was that he was in a position to tell an entire room full of people to shout out 'barnacle' at the same time. He decided it was akin to a "middle-class mugging".
- Audience Participation Song:
- In "Midnight at Parliament Square", he gets the audience to provide the noises of various animals and homeless people.
- He also has the audience join in for a few chorus' of the "Hey! ASDA!" Song, along with some film-bites of random members of the public doing the same.
- While talking about The Killers' "All The Things That I've Done", he encourages anyone who goes to see the band and is prompted to sing "I've got soul but I'm not a soldier" to instead respond with the equally logical "I've got ham but I'm not a hamster".
- 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."
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Exterminez-vous! Exterminez-vous encore!
- Theremin: Part of his standard keyboard setup, used in many of his musical routines.
- The West Country: Bill is from Bath, Somerset. Every time the music of The Wurzels is played on Never Mind the Buzzcocks (and when they appeared), he stands and salutes them as heroes.
- What Do You Mean It's Not Awesome?: Unlike the relaxing themes of US news channels, the BBC news theme "sounds like some kind of apocalyptic rave."
- His description of the Argos catalogue.
- 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".