GLEESON DOES MEAN WELL
TOM Gleeson has earned plenty of headlines of late for his ‘hard’ chats, but it’s his acerbic wit in this quiz format that really takes no prisoners. The season return of this brilliantly nerdy take on the old
series sees Gleeson (pictured centre) skewer the four contestants for their niche interests, which in this episode range from Elon Musk to the A-League. But it’s his teasing of a visually-impaired challenger and his guide dog that had me laughing out loud. Not only for the brazen, anti-PC style of it, but for the contestant’s equally clever retorts.
The Elon Musk expert, lawyer Ross (pictured second from left), also gives as good as he gets when Gleeson reveals he’s done work with refugees; to which Ross replies: “Yes, and as an ABC employee, I think you’re contractually obliged to be nice to me.” Gleeson saves some of his meanest remarks for a fan of The Strokes, who just giggles her way through the barrage of insults. You’re so focused on the roasting, the quiz part is actually quite, well, pointless (but that’s another show for another station).