Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
Sat February 2, 2013
Panel Round One
PETER SAGAL, HOST:
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Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Faith, Great Britain is facing an influx of immigrants and they want to put a stop to it. What's their plan to deal with it?
FAITH SALIE: Give them free British food.
SAGAL: Well, interestingly...
CHARLIE PIERCE: A giant shepherd's pie on the dock.
SAGAL: Well, do you know those ads like, you know, come to Jamaica, or those sort of tourism ads you see? This is sort of the opposite.
SALIE: Right, they're showing how awful things are in Britain.
SAGAL: Right, basically they're thinking of airing ads in other countries about how much Great Britain sucks.
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SALIE: Thank you for that.
BRIAN BABYLON: We don't want you.
SAGAL: Exactly, pretty much.
Great Britain is a small island, and apparently it's full at the end of this year, a limit on immigration from Romania and Bulgaria will expire, and the government ministers in Britain are worried about a flood of immigrants, people coming to drink tea and eat scones and dress just like in "Downton Abbey," just like they would expect.
SAGAL: So why not an advertising campaign, convincing people that the U.K. is a welfare state hellhole filled with drab people living in ugly buildings made out of their own rotted teeth.
SAGAL: So, you know, this is in the nascent phase, they haven't rolled it, but they're apparently thinking about it. So we have some suggestions for their slogans, for their anti-tourism campaign. Come to Great Britain, zero out of four dentists agree.
SAGAL: The U.K., home of Paul McCartney's band Wings.
BABYLON: It's horrible here, that's what's true.
BABYLON: What does that even mean?
SAGAL: I don't know. This could really help out the immigration debate in the U.S. too. We could just start airing Olive Garden commercials in Mexico.
BABYLON: I thought it was just me. That is the worst place.
BABYLON: Oh my...
SALIE: That bottomless salad bowl is a threat.
BABYLON: It is. But you know what, it's because I'm not in Tuscany, bro, and I know it.
BABYLON: You know?
BABYLON: You're not tricking me with the wallpaper.
BABYLON: I'm in Skokie, man, and I know it.
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