Pundits on Fighting Talk
Pundits are generally British sports journalists, sportspeople or stand-up comics. However, some non-UK pundits have made appearances, notably Greg Brady (who participates regularly by ISDN from Toronto, Canada). On 27 October 2007, Greg made an appearance in the studio due to being in London for the first NFL regular season game to be played outside the USA. He has made appearances in the UK every year since then, including the 24 October 2009 broadcast which came live from Hull.
Other non-UK contestants include Australian comedians Charlie Pickering and Jim Jeffries, English-born New Zealand comedian Al Pitcher and German comedian Henning Wehn. American comic Doug Stanhope made an appearance on the 13 September 2008 episode, as he was touring Britain at the time. Adam Richman, host of Man vs. Food, appeared on 17 November 2012, but did so on ISDN rather than in studio.
Nicknames in Fighting Talk
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Certain pundits who have appeared on the show have been allocated nicknames. These tend to be allocated to regular pundits or those who have made previous notable appearances.
|Kriss Akabusi||Ak, Ak, Ak, Ak|
|Dougie Anderson||11 Answers, The Husky Voiced Scotsman, And while we're at it, "3 Answers", Ando|
|Roger Black||Roger Pretty Boy|
|John Bishop||"We'll have no Bashing of the Bishop"|
|Greg Brady||Sleepy Eyes, The Beast, "Our American-Canadian" , Morning Glory|
|Mark Bright||Under-rated, Mr. Brightside|
|Will Buckley||Son of Psycho, The Mild-Mannered Man of Fighting Talk, The Meek|
|Steve Bunce||The Aubergine, The Shirt, The 4th BeeGee, The Seagull, Birdman, Buncey|
|Steve Cram||Lights Out|
|David Croft||David "I'm Going For The Obvious" Croft|
|Andy Goldstein||The New Martin Kelner|
|Stuart Hall||Crayzee Talker!!|
|Ian Holloway||The Lunchbox Legend|
|Hazel Irvine||The Female Martin Kelner|
|Jim Jeffries||The Foreigner|
|Des Kelly||The Fonz, The Bristol Fonzerelli, The Fleet Street Fonzerelli, The Fruit Machine|
|Martin Kelner||King of the One-liners, The Thinking Man's Martin Kelner, King of the Bad-Gags|
|Katharine Merry||Two Sandwiches|
|Bob Mills||The spokesman for lower league football|
|Sue Mott||Her with the teeth|
|Eleanor Oldroyd||The First Lady of Fighting Talk|
|Gavin Peacock||Fu Manchu|
|Richard Park||The Name-Dropper|
|Jeff Probyn||The Lion|
|John Rawling||Psycho, J.R., The Boy Rawlings, Sir John of Rawling|
|Ian Stone||Ian "Heart Of" Stone, The Cypriot Warrior, Stand Easy for Ian Stone, The Officer of Comedy|
|Tom Watt||"An Annoyance", "Crow-face", "The Interrupter"|
|Mark Watson||"100% Mark Watson" "Metrosexual"|
|Henning Wehn||In it to win it, Schnell Schnell Jawohl|
Recurring and even guest pundits on Fighting Talk are and have sometimes been given their own themes, which are played during their introduction at the beginning of the show. Most make some kind of comedic reference to the relevant pundit.
- a The theme referenced Brady's previous job working for WDFN radio in Detroit. The first use of the theme coincided with Brady experiencing the worst slump of his FT career, 5 defeats in a row. The run of bad form was attributed to the Detroit theme so it was changed to "It's Raining Men" for one show. The change did not help and Brady lost. For the next show he was returned to the Detroit theme. He won that show thus breaking the curse in a manner not unlike the New York Rangers winning the Stanley Cup in 1994. Despite Greg Brady's saying, he actually won his first show with this theme tune, although this was with guest host, Gabby Logan. For Brady's first appearance following his return to his native Canada in 2008, the theme tune was changed to Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On; later appearances featured other Canadian references including "Weird Al" Yankovic's Canadian Idiot.
- b During the early part of Colin Murray's tenure as host, Bunce and Bob Mills alternated between the two themes, given their roots in London's East End. Sometimes Bunce would be introduced by the theme from Some Mothers Do 'Ave Them, and Mills the closing theme from Only Fools and Horses.
- c This is due to a 'rule' introduced by Murray that no new pundits are allowed to win their first show. By contrast, several pundits have won their first show with Colin in the chair — notably Henning Wehn — although fewer debutantes have won on their first outing under Colin than the previous presenters.
- d No relation to Bob Mills
- e This is an assumed reference to Rawling's patriarchal character on the show and his initials, "JR" bearing similarities with J. R. Ewing, one of the principal characters from the former television series Dallas.
- f This was due to Richardson's presumed status as the shortest Fighting Talk contestant, although as was confirmed in the next episode that Steve Lamacq was in fact shorter.
- g The version previously used was recorded at a football ground; as of Watt's first appearance of Series 9, the chant recorded during the 2011 Champions Final is now played.
- h These theme tunes are ironic as Tom Watt appeared in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. This is further compounded when he is introduced as Colin Murray purposely mistakes the famous soap character Tom Watt portrayed. Examples include Hayley Cropper and Mandy Dingle. However, from 15 March 2008, the introductory tune was replaced with an audio clip of a crowd chanting "You wot? You wot?".