Victoria Coren Mitchell - Writer, Broadcaster & Poker Player

Eight Out Of Ten Cats

Thursday, 28 February 2013

  Tomorrow (Friday) night on Channel 4, I’ll be having a go at Eight Out Of Ten Cats - on Jon Richardson’s team, alongside the comedian Rob Beckett, v. Sean Lock’s team with Jack Dee and DJ Matt Edmondson. I might be a bit far out of my comfort zone on this one, since it really is a pure comedy show and I’m very much not a pure comedian (or any other sort of comedian) (or any other sort of pure), but what the hell, I’m a gambler.

I think I’ve gambled slightly badly on the month of March, though - the London Poker Festival is kicking off next week and I’d so desperately love to have nothing else to do except play poker, but - in a bout of terrible timetabling - I seem to have accidentally agreed to do a panel show, a quiz show, a radio show and make a TV documentary at the same time. Maybe it will be my secret advantage over my poker opponents? Maybe they’ll have had SO MUCH sleep, and SUCH HEALTHY eating arrangements, and SUCH CLEAR heads for the game, that they’ll overthink all the pots and knock themselves out, while I’ll be so hungry, angry, tired and breathless that I’ll simply be FUELLED into a series of big money finals?


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strangely at 7:34 am on March 1st, 2013

I’m intrigued by the documentary comment - what is the subject to be…?

If you’re nervous, good luck on the show. You may not be a comic, but you’re witty, and they’ve had Jedward, Jamelia and folks from TOWIE (bad acronym but better than the long version) on regularly…

Matt Crocker at 8:52 am on March 1st, 2013

Healthy? Well rested? Which poker players are you hanging out with!? :D

Victoria Coren at 5:48 pm on March 1st, 2013

Hi strangely. The documentary’s about the history of BBC TV Centre - I think the details will now be up on the news page of this site?

Matt - they’re all bloody healthy nowadays. All mountain climbing and energy drinks. Something’s gone horribly wrong.

Jan at 9:37 pm on March 1st, 2013

‘not a pure comedian ... or any other sort of pure’  That’s why we like you so much.  Naturally funny and honest but kind.
Wondering if you were tempted to help sweet, confused Jon with his definitions for physical contact?

Meg at 8:47 pm on March 3rd, 2013

Hi Vicky, just wondered if you’ve ever played that NY Times stats wiz kid Nate Silver at poker?

I wondered what you made of him.

Victoria Coren at 11:59 pm on March 4th, 2013

Hi Meg. I don’t think I’ve ever played with that guy, no…

The Tim at 5:59 pm on March 8th, 2013

Are you doing anything for International Women’s Day?

Miss Deeds at 10:29 pm on March 10th, 2013

Hi Victoria, I’ve just read ‘For Richer, For Poorer’ in two days - I simply couldn’t put it down!  I knew you could write but wasn’t prepared for the emotional rollercoaster it took me on.  It’s been a while since I’ve read such a well written, moving, touching and funny memoir - I felt strangely bereft when I finished- so I just wanted to say thank you very much for writing and sharing it.  Best of luck with the next tournament & well done with today’s - between Twitter and the book, I even vaguely understand some of the poker language!

Janis at 3:44 pm on March 22nd, 2013

I just managed to watch your 8 Out Of 10 Cats appearance (I’m in the US and have to do some dodgy things in order to watch UK teevee) and I have to say I thought you were delightful.  And I’m in complete agreement with your theories on the best ways to make friends (hiding someone’s possession in the hedges and then “finding” it for him/her—ingenious!)

Victoria Coren

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