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Fun Lovin' Criminals Frontman Takes Offense During Gameshow, Smashes Mug, Storms Off

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | November 5, 2013 | Comments ()

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During a taping of the British game show, Never Mind the Buzzcocks (which can often be quite amazing), Huey Morgan — the frontman for the hip-hop rock rock outfit, Fun Lovin’ Criminals — took offense at a segment of the game show where the questions seemed rather pointed (though, all in good fun). He clearly became annoyed, so much so that at one point, he smashed a mug, and later walked off before the end of the segment.

But truly, the best part about this clip is how well the presenters and the other panelists handled the entire matter. They didn’t stop the cameras. They didn’t cut to a commercial. They just played through it. One of the presenters even styled his hair with a mug shard.

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  • Hollyg

    Posting a link to the Doctor Who NMTB special because David Tennant earnestly singing along to "Fix You" is the best thing ever

  • Ron Wells

    I'm not a fan of the Fun Lovin' Criminals or anything, but Huey's been on the show several times before. I even remember him guest-hosting and he was quite charming at it. He might have been having a bad day, or, more likely, was annoyed with Rizzle Kicks, two hosts who looked and acted like they were 15. At Huey's age, and my age, one of the most annoying things on the planet are teenagers trying to act cool.
    Hey, does anyone remember about 10 years ago when VH1 attempted an American Never Mind the Buzzcocks? It was hosted by Marc Maron. Wasn't sure if anyone other than me and my ex-wife had actually seen it.

  • emmalita

    I had no idea! I continually observe to koko, that you could not really do Buzzcocks on US tv. Too much sway from music industry and too many rules about what you can and can't say. Was it any good?

  • Ron Wells

    Well, I remember NMTB-USA being kind of awkward. It only lasted for 5 episodes. America just doesn't have UK-style panel shows, so no one really knew what to make of it if they did watch.
    The show aired in 2002. Around that time, I think VH1 was throwing a lot of stuff against the wall to see if anything would stick for a new identity for the channel. They also gave a late night talk show, in 2002, to Zach Galifianakis. That lasted for a couple of months, if I remember it right. I remember billboards on La Brea Blvd. in Los Angeles touting him as, "the new face of VH1." It was another 7 years before America was prepared to embrace him with The Hangover.
    I recall Paul Shaffer hosted a battle of the cover bands show called Cover Wars around that time.

  • I miss Mark Lamarr.

  • emmalita

    I was just introduced to Buzzcocks this year so I'm working backwards. I'm looking forward watching Mark Lamarr's episodes.

  • You are in for a treat. In fact I'm jealous.
    The man was barbed wire in suit and glasses.

  • emmalita

    Frankie Boyle-esque? Or did Lamarr come before Boyle?

  • Boyle is a tasteless echo. A faint, direction-less reverberation.
    But I'll stop before I hype him up too much...

  • Carrie

    A fave Buzzcocks moment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • There'll Be Pancakes

    Amy Winehouse episode was spectacular, and you can tell Simon adored her. Watching it now you can see there was a very charismatic mind under all those drugs

  • Carrie

    People, stop posting Buzzcocks links! I'm supposed to be writing a novel.

    I do miss Simon. Also yes, Josh Groban is a goddamn delight. I expected the dullest of the dull and now I watch him on anything. Though generally not his singing.

  • emmalita

    The bit from this episode that everyone should go watch is Paul Foot and Noel Fielding doing anything together. Especially Noel trying to get someone to fly over and land on his arm like a hunting falcon. I died, I just died. At my memorial service please share your favorite NMTB moments.

  • Will Holston

    Of course he was in the Preston chair!

  • Three_nineteen

    Asshole's lucky he didn't hurt Phil Jupitus.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Lovely addition to a long Buzzcocks tradition.

  • Nadiney

    I CAN SIGN IN! Because I'm on a work computer;
    Huey Morgan has appeared on the show several, several times before. He is also employed by the BBC as a DJ for one of their radio shows(which might be the only reason he was featured as a guest)
    They didn't cut to commercial because the BBC doesn't have commercials (that's why when our show is on for an hour, it's a solid hour, or in the US runs over because adverts are added) so if something like that happens (it wasn't a ive recording, also)they have the option to scrap the entire episode, or, since the one thing the BBC does still do consistently is slag celebs, it is aired.
    For previous examples see Amy Winehouse appearing HIGH out of her MIND and spitting on the floor, and just other, horribly awkward moments of the past twenty years. One guest was married to a dizzy glamour model he had met on Big Brother. The then host Simon Amstell read from her newly released autobiography repeatedly until her husband walked out.

    Another guest fancied himself a punk and figured that being 'punk' meant being on the show drunk and giving everyone the V's and the middle finger. So Bill Bailey had a pop at which poin the wannabe punk tries to argue back and had to be reminded he was about to argue with a professional comedian.
    One of the hosts styled his hair with a shard of the mug because the shard had already landed in his hair when the mug was shattered because Huey Morgan has anger problems.
    What's crazy is, as I say, Morgan has appeared on the show several times before and knows EXACTLY how it works. EVERYONE on the show is a target, from guests to hosts to team captains(Phil and Noel, for the americans, the big dude in a killer suit and glasses sat next to Morgan, and the skinny, dark haired fella on the other). Everyone. The host can take as much abuse from the guests as is dished out.
    Previous guests have walked out after relentless teasing. If you don't have a sense of humour you really shouldn't turn up on the show. Like....at all.
    Pretty much he entire premise is 'get some famous people together, be bitchy to all of them, film it. Every now and then ask them music related quiz questions'

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Right on.

    The only guests I feel sorry for are those too bloody stupid to notice when they are the target of a joke, like Stacey Solomon or even Dappy.

  • Zirza

    I don't know whose idea it was to team up Stacey Solomon with Tony Law but whoever you are, I love you.

  • koko temur

    I did a full 180 on dappy after his reaction to phills fake walk-out. He was so adorably concerned he hurt his feelings, i couldnt hate him no more.

  • pisswizard

    "does it make you happy, Dappy?"

    classic episode.

  • emmalita

    One of Destiney's Children, who is not Beyoncé, was a guest on the show was so unprepared for the experience. But even she tried to be a good sport. But you could see the endless loop of, "WHAT IS HAPPENING?!?" Going behind her eyes.

  • It was Kelly Rowland. They struck gold with Josh Groban as an American guest unfamiliar with the show and I think they were hoping for a repeat.

  • emmalita

    It wasn't quite magic, but I still lost 5 pounds laughing at all the confusion and awkwardness.

  • koko temur

    Our next rewatch? The groban one?

  • emmalita


  • Both Groban appearances (once as a contestant and once as a host) are fantastic.

  • DarthBrookes

    Wow. I sure am impressed by your macho mug smashing display. You know what would have been even cooler? If one of the bits of flying mug had blinded someone. Yeah, then they'd all see how much of a tough guy you are.

  • emmalita

    I love this show. Huey will be back on the show sometime. He patted Phill on the arm, comfortingly, before storming off, and the producers tweeted a picture of a NMTB mug with band aids all over it saying Huey had apologized to the mug.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    That person does not appear to be fun-loving in the slightest.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    I need to be on that show. Now, how to get famous...

  • emmalita

    Get famous in the UK.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Tits and a scandal involving a footballer. Got it.

  • emmalita

    Let us know when you start your campaign. We'll tweet about you and make you look even more famous. :)

  • ellie

    Almost as good as when Preston from The Ordinary Boys stormed off after Simon Amstell continuously took the piss out of his reality star wife:


  • pajiba

    That was terrific.

  • MarTeaNi

    You need a sense of humor about yourself to be on this show. Donny Tourette was a cocky little dickhead, was mocked mercilessly and he still took it all in stride. Comedy gold.


  • koko temur

    wow, that was great. Thanks!

  • Jim

    The very point of being a guest on that show has always been so the host can slag you, your music/talent, etc. It's always been in good fun and the best guests run with it. (My fave was Simon Amstell v John Barrowman when Barrowman possibly(?), accidentally(?), outed host Amstell and then challenged him to a "gay off") It's very similar to "reading" ("Rupaul reading is fundamental" -- google it.)

    I wonder if Morgan's ever actually watched an episode.

  • That was also the episode where I laughed because John Barrowman, a gay man, easily got a Kylie question and Kelli Young, a black woman, easily got a Bob Marley question, and then I, a white woman from the American Midwest who spent her formative years wearing a lot of flannel shirts, easily got the Nirvana question while they had no clue.

  • koko temur

    God damn, i had no idea there are so many of us here on pajiba.

  • Jim

    I've watched on and off since Amstell but the host makes or breaks the show. Kristen Schaal was just unwatchable the other week - I didn't make it past her initial chat with the guests.

    Now, of course, Micheal Bolton - repeat MICHEAL BOLTON - will be hosting the Nov 11th ep. Now THAT has possibilities, no?

  • koko temur

    Dunno, haselhoff had potential too, and that was A travesty. they need to do with bolton what they did with jedward - use him as a guest and let somebody like frankie boyle or frank skinner to host. Now THAT is a show i will rewatch every night FOR YEARS.

  • koko temur

    I think we need to link to barrowman clips on pajiba. Its like CapAss gifs, a rule. I got you covered;

  • Sirilicious

    I have seen his NMTB ep so many times. I am semi-ashamed to admit i had a bit of a crush on him, circa Torchwood S1. Still bitter that for a supposedly omnisexual alien, the captainsure seemed to prefer the men.

    At least that clip is still funny, even without the crush-veil.

  • koko temur

    Wait, you know he hosted one too, right? that was barrowman dialed to 4,000. Just a mean machine of camp. AMAZING.

  • Sirilicious

    I am very sure i watched it, there are few of his youtube clips from that time i didn't watch. But I haven't in a while, and that was indeed pretty awesome, so i should look for it again. He was his cheeky funny self on the weakest link too.

  • Nadiney

    He's been on the show nine times before

  • Jim

    Sheesh did he think there was some sort of "Get your 10th show free (of mocking)" policy?

  • Nadiney

    RIGHT?? Maybe he figured working for the BBC would mean he's safe. That only works for Phil and Noel, to be fair.

  • koko temur

    Noel got enough from everyone starting from Amstel, and through Frankie Boyl and David Williams. its jst that he is impossible to offend, really.

  • Nadiney

    I once suggested hat Simon and Noel didn't like each other and youtube went fuckin NUTS. A bunch of actual teenage girls went crazy like 'HOW DARE YOU SUGGEST SUCH A THING???!'
    I don't know what i expected from youtube commenters but I was like '........................................'
    And my point stands, I don't think they liked each other. But, like, that's why it was quite funny to watch them take bitchier and bitchier digs.

  • koko temur

    And this is another, from series of 12 extras they did for series 24. Be warned, after this you will crave an hour long weekly program of phil and noel discussing fashion and make up. Follow the links bellow the video for the rest. I bve there is also one where they discuss shoes too. And one where phill saying that after becoming friends with noel he has no need for substsnce abuse because "talking with noel is like showering your brain".


  • Oh, there was some definite antagonism there. I loved it.

  • koko temur

    I think amstel detest anything massively popular, and noel appeared on his season during the highest point of boosh hysteria. It would be interesting to see them work together now, no? amstel all older and calmer, noel (confusingly) masculine. Can be very cool.

  • koko temur

    Gah, i initially read your note as "phil and noel" and had the same reaction. Becouse if you ever seen their liitle extras just chatting, they adore each other. (have you seen those? Its amazing. I can link you up if you didnt see it. Phill and noel duscussing eyeliner is like licking a rainbow.)

    But yes, simon and noel obviously didnt like each other. Im amazed somebody finds its questionable. But they were only on 4 epiodes together, why would anyone care? and at any rsate, they were cordial, had some mutual respect and laughed when the other got the better of him. You can do great comedy with people you dont like, too.

  • $74053565

    Okay, disqus is just fucking with me now. I have two accounts I guess? I don't even know. (I signed in at work in IE, then now at home on Firefox and it's fucking two different accounts?!)

    I hate disqus. I hate it so much. I hate it, I hate it.

    But please do link me to them!

  • koko temur

    Aww, im sorry disqus is being mean to you!
    Im going to put one link in reply here, and another in reply for your other account hopefully you will catch at least one of them.

    This is from a series of 6 or 8 extras they did on series 23 i think. You can find the rest by following the suggestions bellow. "cold sores or coldplay?"

    Are you on twitter or facebook? Me and emmalita tend to fangirl about buzzcocks ( and bbc panel shows in general) over there, we will happily join you.

  • koko temur

    i think he was a guest before. But yes, your point stands. My favorite always will be james blunt getting abuse for solid 28 minuts and somehow coming on top in the end.

  • Melissa D

    He was a Captain in the British Army, ribbing is a daily expectation.

  • Nadiney

    Because James Blunt is a pro. God damn it that man can take a joke.

  • koko temur

    Absolutely. Thickest skin in the business. you dont want to like him, and yet you simply can not to. He is Jamie Lannister of music.

    Lets rewatch that glory, shall we?


  • Sirilicious

    Thanks for linking, great ep.
    "Where would we all be without 'you're beautiful'? I know i would be in a much much much smaller house."

  • emmalita

    I re-watch the James Blunt episode repeatedly.

  • koko temur

    Buzzcocks is known for mocking its own guests, sometimes it gets very mean spirited, but this definately wasnt the case. Maybe he was overreacting to his own expectations, dunno. BUT what that achieves though is that the people who do go on, and manage to hold their own, get massive, MASSIVE respect. Rizzle kicks (thats the hosts for that episode) are bound to get a boost for dealing so cooly with that tantrum. And its well deserved!

    ETA i made a list of everyone who responded to this with previous knowledge of NMTB with a title "my people. Stalk on pajiba later, upvote at all times. Except blatant rasism. In those cases, use your judgement". I have to work on my titles.

  • pisswizard

    The Preston from Ordinary Boys storm-off incident will always remain dearest to my heart. This was one was just kind of sad :/

  • lonolove

    Speaking of earning massive respect, I goddamn love Josh Groban now. My mom listened to his albums continuously (go figure) so I was familiar with him in that capacity, but he did such a brilliant and hilarious job of hosting that I now also think he is the greatest, along with Mumsy. (For anyone interested, my boyfriend and I managed to tear through about 10 seasons (which is, admittedly, a fraction of the episodes) online. We didn't even mine the earliest seasons featuring Bill Bailey! We'll have to go back to those some day...)

  • Zirza

    Josh Groban hosting was good, but he was a guest one time too. He was a hoot. Even Simon Amstel stopped dissing him halfway through.

  • Groban is a guy that understands exactly what his place is in the world and uses that to his advantage.

  • Josh Groban + NMTB = THE BEST. Even better than him singing Kanye tweets.

  • koko temur

    Yes! I now have a long list of emberassing celebrities its somehow uncool to admit that you respect, just becouse they freaking killed it on buzzcocks. Groban is on it. Blunt is on it (see my links bellow). That ginger dude that admitted for some readon he passes out after second time he has sex (on Ayoade episode). Now Rizzle Kicks. Hot damn, im too old for liking them.

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  • JustOP

    I know. One of the worst things as a brit trawling the internet is the lack of coverage on many of our shows (barring Dr Who, Downton, and Sherlock of course).

    It's been a treat seeing articles about Graham Norton and such popping up on Pajiba the last couple weeks.

  • koko temur

    i know, right?! I did a double take too. Weird. High five to you!
    (psst, i have another one for ya, if you happen to be boosh fan)

  • Ian Fay

    I think that guy might be less self-aware than Bono,

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