I've been to see two episodes of HIGNFY being recorded. One was the election special recorded the day after the polls closed in 2005, and Hislop looked SHATTERED. The better one by far that I saw, was a year or two before that. I can't remember exactly what had happened in the news, but it led to a gazillion Jeffrey Archer jokes from Ian, virtually none of which were broadcast as they were so massively libellous.
Both recordings went on for about 75 minutes, so there's fuckloads cut to make the final edit.
I was pretty disappointed with last night's season opener. It was fricking boring! Even with the goddess Victoria Coren on display the show lacked anything particularly funny. Even the cat/fox thing was guff!
Hur hur, well I found one, then it lead to this which is slightly OT, but amused me
"You hit him? [Piers Morgan]" "Yeah, a bit" "Was it fun?" "No, because I've never hit anybody before ever, in my life. And then I just thought, if I'm going to start somewhere Piers Morgan seems like the ideal place."