Spicks and Specks
Ella Hooper, Josh Earl and Adam Richard.
Spicks and Specks buzzers are back in working order for 2014, with the popular ABC music quiz show returning to screens with a new crew of popculture aficionados at the helm.
Singer Ella Hooper and radio presenter Adam Richard are the opposing team captains, while hosting the show is now the job of stand- up comedian Josh Earl. How did your role on the new Spicks and Specks came about, Josh? It was announced in 2012 that they would be bringing it back, and then I got a call in January last year asking if I would be available to come in to help out with the audition process.
It wasn’t until July that I heard from them again. I thought I’d be coming in to help out on one of the panels but they said they’d be sending me a script. Then when I got the script it read, “Welcome to Spicks and Specks, my name’s Josh Earl ...” and I sort of went, “Wow, this is very real”. I imagine you would have auditioned with new team captains Ella and Adam – did you feel an immediate chemistry with them? The first day of auditions, I auditioned with both of them. It just felt really right, and I had the feeling that I hoped we could do it again. I had never met Ella before but I’ve known Adam for about eight years from doing stand- up and we’ve always got along well. And Ella is so great as a comedian – she’s very giving.
I think the producers were very careful to get the right balance of people. There’s so much pressure on the new cast that they wanted a new team that would gel and have the magic of the last cast. Was there any thought to giving the show a total makeover? There are some new games but we are keeping most of the old ones. I don’t have any say in that process. I’m writing for the show so it will have some of my flavour to it.
But people have asked if I’m going to try to be like Adam or like Simon Anstell from the UK series Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and if I try to be them it’ll quickly be seen as a fraud. I can only be me, and hopefully Australia will latch on to that. Does it feel like a bit of a game- changer for you? It’s been a massive step up. I’ve been doing comedy for 10 years and never really thought about working on TV but when this came up it seemed like the perfect fit. Spicks and Specks, Wednesday, ABC1, 8.30pm