QI | Why Is Earl Grey Called Earl Grey?

18. jan.. 2021
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This clip is from QI XL Series N, Episode 4, 'Noble Rot' with Sandi Toksvig, Alan Davies, Jeremy Clarkson, Jason Manford and Sara Pascoe.

  • "like Jesus?" Brilliant!

    Fahad HaiFahad Hai5 dager siden
  • Fun facts on word and phrase origins. "Okay" - from Scottish "Och,Aye." "The Bees' Knees" - from Lupi Valez mispronouncing "(This is)The Business". "Raspberry" - from rhyming slang "Raspberry Tart" "Scarper" - similarly comes from "Scapa Flow." You're Welcome,Sandi!

    Burgess MeredithBurgess Meredith14 dager siden
  • So why was it called Earl Grey tea?

    Stephen MStephen M23 dager siden
  • "This program isn't funny!" I cracked up as I typed that - hilarious.

    UltramontaneUltramontane25 dager siden
    • I bet more people laugh at you than at QI.

      HellwyckHellwyckDag siden
  • Her voice is just so nasal it's difficult to listen to

    Ruhxy CODRuhxy COD29 dager siden
  • But why is it called "Earl Grey"?

    Stephen MataganogStephen Mataganog29 dager siden
  • I stopped watching after Fry left. And after watching a bit of this...yup...still not interested.

    The Big PictureThe Big PictureMåned siden
  • Whos Earl Grey

    Emilios PowerballerEmilios PowerballerMåned siden
    • It's a tea brand. Named after a Nobel man called Earl Grey. Funnily enough I am his great great great great grandson.

      Edoardo BoydEdoardo BoydMåned siden
  • "Coffee Annan" was a good quip until "Oh, like Jesus" took all the glory :-)

    zapfanzapfanzapfanzapfanMåned siden
  • Brilliant!

    Andrew WolfeAndrew WolfeMåned siden
  • Shit like this is why I stopped watching the show. Christianity has a rich history, there’s SO much to make fun of but these Brits are content with the same “fake, lol” material over and over again. Brits are masters of humor but their religion jokes are so often shockingly lazy bullshit.

    SamWallace ArtSamWallace ArtMåned siden
  • Invented by a guy named Earl and his bmain imgredient was grey hair

    Trueno-Milenio PirotecniaTrueno-Milenio PirotecniaMåned siden
  • "oh, Like Jesus"..... just brilliant

    Becca L.Becca L.Måned siden
  • Never thought much of Davies, but that "oh, like Jesus" quip was gold.

    AlexJ59AlexJ59Måned siden
  • “Like Jesus” and I spilled my Earl Grey

    WickedTRXWickedTRXMåned siden
  • Jeremy was surprisingly quite in this conversation 😅 I was expecting him to give all sorts of ridiculous guesses 😬

    Mus AzmanMus AzmanMåned siden
  • I love how this video (for me at least) is sponsored by Lipton's (the tea brand)

    Bruno LiddleBruno LiddleMåned siden
  • 1:38 Absolutely the best comment ever.

    William WilsonWilliam WilsonMåned siden
  • Unpopular opinon: Earl Grey is my go-to tea

    FaarfFaarfMåned siden
    • It's mine too. But probably just because I'm biased.

      Edoardo BoydEdoardo BoydMåned siden
    • It's one of the most popular teas in the world.. Hardly an unpopular opinion.

      Kiros37100Kiros37100Måned siden
  • So 40 years after he died a nepotistic administration made a reform act, that did what related to the tee? Did anyone catch the answer?

    Danni Feveile BörmDanni Feveile BörmMåned siden
    • His government ended the monopoly of the East India Company on the Chinese tea trade and he was allegedly presented with the same blend of tea that was later named after him. But the first adverts mentioning the tea by the name Earl Grey didn't appear until 40 years later. There was a tea blend before that called "Grey's Tea" but that might have just been named after a tea merchant called William Grey who may or may not have copied the blend allegedly presented to the Earl Grey.

      George PotterGeorge PotterMåned siden
  • Wait, they let Clarkson back on the BBC? Huh.

    Ann D-VineAnn D-VineMåned siden
  • Also the abolition of slavery in 1833

    VathekVathekMåned siden
    • One of the rare things of that part of my family that I can be proud of.

      Edoardo BoydEdoardo BoydMåned siden
  • I like Earl Grey so I'm staying out of the comments section so I won't have to hear it being trashed.

    vbddfy euuytvbddfy euuytMåned siden
    • I think it's lovely.

      Edoardo BoydEdoardo BoydMåned siden
  • I really liked her Oh! jumper so I looked it up to find it at $441?!

    AStarkIsBornAStarkIsBornMåned siden
  • Where's Jo Brand?

    pauldzimpauldzimMåned siden
  • I don’t mean to be thick, but I know quite a bit about Jesus, but what has Earl Grey being dead for 40 years got to do with anything? Sorry Alan, you lost me there.

    Expresso EvangelismExpresso EvangelismMåned siden
    • I agree with Jason, Earl Grey tea tastes like boiled perfume.

      vbddfy euuytvbddfy euuytMåned siden
  • The potpourri comment is spot on. Ick. I'll stick with good old black tea or English Breakfast from time to time.

    Danny ArcherDanny ArcherMåned siden
  • Why do they still have Clarkson on TV ever?

    BRobMorrisBRobMorrisMåned siden
  • Please get rid of the Looonnngggg bit at the end with Sandi complaining we are still there...we wouldn;t be if you cut that bit out. We aren;t the one's wasting our time you are wasting our time.

    TheAlfsterinoTheAlfsterinoMåned siden
  • Perhaps,he's a Tea Bag?

    David LawrenceDavid LawrenceMåned siden
  • You had me at “like Jesus?”... 😂

    Brad ChapmanBrad ChapmanMåned siden
  • I agree with Jason, Earl Grey tea tastes like boiled perfume.

    Rock girlRock girlMåned siden
  • Still don’t know why it is called Earl grey. There was a law... and that’s why?

    Thomas MauriceThomas MauriceMåned siden
    • Advertising - sells more if it is associated with royalty. Kind of like haagen dazs sounds Danish and therefore expensively exotic, but is instead an American company that intentionally used a foreign sounding name.

      Robert TyrrellRobert TyrrellMåned siden
  • As soon as the conversation moved to nepotism in government I thought I’d nodded off and the video had moved to talking about Donald Trump 😉

    Steffan NicholsonSteffan NicholsonMåned siden
  • this was just a bunch of british people goofing off because they didnt think the cameras were running..... I had fun!

    Luke WarmwaterLuke WarmwaterMåned siden
  • "Ohhhh Like Jesus"got me chuckling, but when she mentioned "like 50 shades of grey", summing about her head movement afterwards cracked me up 🤣

    rodney quinnrodney quinnMåned siden
  • Blimey

    Chris TrudellChris TrudellMåned siden
    • I agree with Jason, Earl Grey tea tastes like boiled perfume.

      Rock girlRock girlMåned siden
  • every time I think of chocolate hobnobs I think of bottom and the fight scene when they go camping

    marcus szewczykmarcus szewczykMåned siden
  • He also oversaw the Abolition of Slavery act of 1833 which was kind of important.

    shoutinghorseshoutinghorseMåned siden
  • "It's like someone's melted some potpourri." As someone who loves Earl Grey, I have to agree. 😆

    CloudsGirl7CloudsGirl7Måned siden
  • I agree with Jason, Earl Grey tea tastes like boiled perfume.

    qopoy dnonqopoy dnonMåned siden
    • Depending on the brand, the flavor can taste like artificial flavoring. Side note: Adding milk tones down the bergamot, making it more subdued.

      TylerTylerMåned siden
  • Haven't watched QI for a long time. Can I ask what happened Stephen Fry?

    Πληγωμένος ΠρίγκιπαςΠληγωμένος ΠρίγκιπαςMåned siden
    • He left because of budget cuts.

      frances quinn-escottfrances quinn-escottMåned siden
  • Earl Grey is my least fav tea & I'd rather drink tap water!

    luminair11luminair11Måned siden
  • No love for Duke Hot Chocolate.

    spaceracer23spaceracer23Måned siden
  • I prefer a Lap Sang, sweetens nicely and works with milk, even cold.

    RIXRADvidzRIXRADvidzMåned siden
  • Thumbs up if you're old enough to remember Sandy in Saturday morning kids show. No.73!!

    Midnight CoffeeAddictionsMidnight CoffeeAddictionsMåned siden
    • No 73 3 3 3 3

      R CR CMåned siden
  • Earl Gray is disgusting

    Kevin RussellKevin RussellMåned siden
    • I agree with Jason, Earl Grey tea tastes like boiled perfume.

      qopoy dnonqopoy dnonMåned siden
  • I like how she says, ‘and pretty sexy’ 😃

    mike jonesmike jonesMåned siden
  • Sandi Tosvig, "He was probably dead 40 years, before someone came up with it." Alan David, "A bit like Jesus." Brilliant, Although we have actual independent verifiable historical evidence for Earl Grey.

    Nicholas BurnsNicholas BurnsMåned siden
  • She never misses an opportunity to remind you that she’s gay - it’s almost as if being gay is all she has 🙄

    Rob McKayRob McKayMåned siden
    • Meow

      JZ ThompsonJZ ThompsonMåned siden
    • Quite obviously it isn't "all she has", and the shows previous host wasn't averse to mentioning his sexuality either.

      ExternalInputsExternalInputsMåned siden
  • Alan Davies🤣

    S HoganS HoganMåned siden
  • I like Earl Grey so I'm staying out of the comments section so I won't have to hear it being trashed.

    SimonSimonMåned siden
  • The Trump administration was trying to compete for flagrant nepotistism (except without even an air of competence) >:-D

    PhantomMarquisPhantomMarquisMåned siden
  • Rev Ian Paisley - NO POT POURRI!!!

    Cloud SparrowCloud SparrowMåned siden
  • When will we see the end of Sandii Toksvig, Please...

    Brett JonesBrett JonesMåned siden
  • I agree Earl Grey tea is awful. It tastes like Yardley Lavendar soap.

    Tmanaz480Tmanaz480Måned siden
  • Earl Grey - the most revolting hot drink known to mankind

    Gustav MeyrinkGustav MeyrinkMåned siden
  • Picard made it so.

    KwanTonKwanTonMåned siden
  • Who spilled their Jeremy Clarkson into my QI

    phaedra mccannphaedra mccannMåned siden
  • Tea, Assam, Hot.

    gapster77gapster77Måned siden
  • Love this show!

    Travis SobeckTravis SobeckMåned siden
  • What's good looking James may doing

    F CF CMåned siden
  • So funny. Great clip

    Eric FontaineEric FontaineMåned siden
  • As entertaining as this clip is, it never answers the question.

    Kel ByersKel ByersMåned siden
  • Clarkson saying “If I had said that, I would’ve been in so much...”

    Alex OakleyAlex OakleyMåned siden
    • I honestly expected Alan to fire back with "its because I'm actully funny"

      Christopher FloodyChristopher FloodyMåned siden
  • I saw Jimmy savalle in the background be careful .

    George W Bush Center for IntelligenceGeorge W Bush Center for IntelligenceMåned siden
  • THAT .... That is certainly Alan's best line *ever*. Possibly the best ripposte on *any* show. Ccoming back to Sandi's 'He'd probably been dead for 40 years before anyone came up with it'. 'Oh, like Jesus'? Priceless. Just magnificent. He hides it deliberately, but he is a very sharp cookie.

    FarweaselFarweaselMåned siden
  • I’m with him. Earl Grey and Lady Grey both taste like perfume to me.

    Carolyn WorthingtonCarolyn WorthingtonMåned siden
  • I never pick anything, just to annoy Sandy.

    Darkfoxx BunyipDarkfoxx BunyipMåned siden
    • Ha, there's two of us. 🧐

      Antti BraxAntti BraxMåned siden
    • life's a struggle, huh.

      RIXRADvidzRIXRADvidzMåned siden
  • c’mon, we all should know Roger Daltrey takes the tea before and during shows to keep his voice tip top. the hell with Jean Luc...

    The Original ChefboyoboyThe Original ChefboyoboyMåned siden
  • That Oh! sweatshirt is cool i want it

    bird upbird upMåned siden
    • Here you go www.lyst.com/clothing/bella-freud-oh-wool-jumper-black/

      Bowie XingBowie XingMåned siden
  • I've never seen Clarkson so reserved. It's almost as if he was out of his depth.

    Doxie LainDoxie LainMåned siden
    • He's just not used to being surrounded by so much wit

      Charlie AndorCharlie AndorMåned siden
    • @Farweasel Oh, I know. Hence my surprise.

      Doxie LainDoxie LainMåned siden
    • Yeah right.......... Like Clarkeson or don't he's still a very canny bloke. He might, however, have been told to keep it within a very narrow more or less PC band. His comment to Alan's 'Waht like Jesus' quip was as telling as it was funny.

      FarweaselFarweaselMåned siden
  • Doesn't it mean Earl Grey also resided over the 1833 anti slavery act as well?

    swanner95swanner95Måned siden
  • "If I'd said that, I'd be in so much... well, he probably will be." XD

    SavageGreywolfSavageGreywolfMåned siden
    • Ain't *that* the truth.

      FarweaselFarweaselMåned siden
  • The Grey Cup! The oldest trophy in North American professional sports. It is awarded to the champion of Canadian football (for a long time, the CFL champion, but it predates the league).

    Maki BurgessMaki BurgessMåned siden
  • "No, He was probably dead for 40 years before somebody came up with it." "Oh, like Jesus." Best response ever!

    Laughingskull08Laughingskull08Måned siden
  • Are we sure Bozo Johnson's government doesn't outdo Earl Grey's in terms of nepotism? SO many backhanders and 'who you know' crap, it's baffling.

    Zach BrookesZach BrookesMåned siden
  • Oh Allan... I love you so much

    BananeisafreeBananeisafreeMåned siden
  • Earl Grey: Forms the most nepotistic administration that has ever been formed Donald Trump: Hold my tea

    romulusnrromulusnrMåned siden
  • Earl Grey is also responsible for sending Irish Potato Famine girls to Australia, solving 2 problems at once 😉

    Simone Gordon-HallSimone Gordon-HallMåned siden
  • Yes, Alan, I do love a cup of Jesus in the morning to start my day

    Luke TaylorLuke TaylorMåned siden
    • Well, You can get special biscuits for Cheesus.

      FarweaselFarweaselMåned siden
    • With your three brothers no doubt...lol

      Charles JarmanCharles JarmanMåned siden
  • Well, according to my box of Twining's: "Legend has it that the _second_ Earl Grey was presented with an exquisite blend of tea by an envoy on his return from China. He liked it so much, he asked Richard Twining to recreate it for him. Richard did so and that blend would become known throughout the world as Earl Grey tea."

    RavenRavenMåned siden
    • The second Earl Grey is the same Earl Grey who was Prime Minister

      George PotterGeorge PotterMåned siden
    • @Raven that was my point heh

      Neal J RobertsNeal J RobertsMåned siden
    • @Neal J Roberts the legend they made up lol

      RavenRavenMåned siden
    • "Legend has it"....

      Neal J RobertsNeal J RobertsMåned siden
  • “It’s not a euphemism” 🤣🤣🤣

    Ange MaidmentAnge MaidmentMåned siden
  • "Did they call it 50 Shades of Grey"? I imagine there would've been a lot of studying of Grey's Anatomy

    GentlemanPenguinGentlemanPenguinMåned siden
  • “Oh like Jesus!” 😂🤣😂🤣 killed me lolol

    ElLenadorLAElLenadorLAMåned siden
  • Lady grey is twinings specific, it’s just got a little citrus in it

    couchmermaidcouchmermaidMåned siden
    • Other than the Bergamot

      Nicholas BurnsNicholas BurnsMåned siden
    • The only Lady Grey I know of got her head chopped off after nine days of lording it...

      Elaine BElaine BMåned siden
  • What's Lady Grey a euphemism for? Missed that..... 😉

    StrivingFor MindfulnessStrivingFor MindfulnessMåned siden
    • @TheSkyWhale Or the grey bush around her lady parts.

      iwanabanaiwanabanaMåned siden
    • probably talking about a woman named Lady Grey, given Sandi's romantic preferences

      TheSkyWhaleTheSkyWhaleMåned siden
    • I don't know, but when I heard it I thought, "Isn't that a name for heroin?"

      Dwayne BearupDwayne BearupMåned siden
  • A later Earl Grey donated a trophy for a Canadian rugby championship; the Grey Cup is now the championship trophy of the Canadian Football League.

    tygrkhat40tygrkhat40Måned siden
    • @MegaFortinbras A. I am well aware. B. The tea had nothing to do with the other Earl Grey. C. I don’t really care. Have a nice day. Maybe a cup of tea?

      Maki BurgessMaki BurgessMåned siden
    • @Maki Burgess But I was speaking of two entirely different people. The tea was named after the second Earl Grey, the trophy was donated by the fourth Earl Grey, his grandson.

      MegaFortinbrasMegaFortinbrasMåned siden
    • @MegaFortinbras It’s like the Dread Pirate Roberts or Dr. Who. Many different people incarnate one person.

      Maki BurgessMaki BurgessMåned siden
    • That Earl Grey, who was Governor General of Canada, was the grandson of the Earl after whom the tea is named.

      MegaFortinbrasMegaFortinbrasMåned siden
    • The sport slowly evolved from rugby into Canadian football. It predates the CFL, just as the Stanley cup predates the NHL.

      Maki BurgessMaki BurgessMåned siden
  • This chap managed to get more of his family and friends into office than Donald Trump!

    EebstertheGreatEebstertheGreatMåned siden
  • Clicked for tea info, discovered the end of Christianity. Who knew?

    stonkrstonkrMåned siden
  • Earl Grey has a statue on top of big column in Newcastle, commemorating the great reform act, called Greys Monument, and the metro station under it is accordingly called Monument.

    Aaron HesterAaron HesterMåned siden
    • The steps inside seem to go on forever as there are no windows. Worth a trip up when they have open days, and I don't like heights...

      stonkrstonkrMåned siden
  • ⚙️

    Apsara Tahoor Arya-RevertApsara Tahoor Arya-RevertMåned siden
  • I agree with Jason, Earl Grey tea tastes like boiled perfume.

    Deco DollyDeco DollyMåned siden
    • @Eralen00 Gotta be loose leaf, I only ever drink bag tea when I'm a guest and I don't want to be rude lol.

      Harry RadleyHarry RadleyMåned siden
    • I drink Earl Gray on a daily basis, and yes some of them can be pretty bad. Tea can vary widely based on the quality, just like coffee. If you get a good-quality loose-leaf version that is well-balanced, the taste and aroma can be divine. (not that it matters, but I'm an american)

      Eralen00Eralen00Måned siden
    • @wunnell Random that the other person who likes it would also be an Aussie 😁 I always mix it with something more robust like one of the stronger breakfast teas or Darjeeling and I love it.

      Harry RadleyHarry RadleyMåned siden
    • I generally like Earl Grey but a lot of them are a bit overdone. The tea and Bergamot flavours seem to separate to me. I have found one here in Australia that is quite mild and I have at least four cups a day.

      wunnellwunnellMåned siden
    • It is utterly disgusting.

      Gustav MeyrinkGustav MeyrinkMåned siden
  • Alan Davies has one of the quickest wits that I have ever had the pleasure to experience.

    JaCubanitoJaCubanitoMåned siden
    • I agree he’s quite funny, but gets annoying when he tries to dominate the joke, not always his too.

      Si PieManSi PieManMåned siden
    • You obviously don't know Lee mack

      Wil_Hallett_ArtWil_Hallett_ArtMåned siden
  • Sunshine grey was the best but they don't make it any more. Sad face.

    Green Is Not A Creative ColourGreen Is Not A Creative ColourMåned siden
  • "Did they call it 50 Shades of Grey?" Well that would explain the bergamot oil

    korbellkorbellMåned siden
    • Sara's slight embarrassed glance away at the end. Even she was a bit embarrassed at the mental image of a parliament of bdsm old guys.

      Ratel.H BadgerRatel.H BadgerMåned siden
    • Sandi would have wished she'd said that!

      Green Is Not A Creative ColourGreen Is Not A Creative ColourMåned siden
  • Jeremy is right though, had he said that Jesus joke he'd have got so much grief the day after....

    xxxenricopxxxenricopMåned siden
    • Well, of course. People actually like Alan therefore they're more likely to laugh along with him. They view him as a good natured person. Clarkson is highly divisive and a lot of people don't like him, so they're less likely to laugh along. I guess it's to be expected when you joke about murdered prostitutes and punch people at the slightest inconvenience. Whether it's right or wrong to do so is another argument, but the fact is, that's how humans work - they're more lenient to people they like.

      silverfoxeatersilverfoxeaterMåned siden
    • It's a good sign of how little good will people have left for you when they are that quick to jump at your throat.

      A HAA HAMåned siden
  • 50 shades of grey haha!

    Ambient WalkingAmbient WalkingMåned siden
  • Even more nepotistic than Robert Cecil, who singlehandedly gave rise to the expression "Bob's your uncle" (meaning "you're set")?

    David GustavssonDavid GustavssonMåned siden
    • @Maxime Ringeard me neither. I've never heard "Bob" as a euphemism, but it could be I guess. The wiki article for the expression only mentions the Cecil theory (as well as its chronology issue).

      David GustavssonDavid GustavssonMåned siden
    • @David Gustavsson I'm not a native speaker, so I might be completely wrong, but I was taught that Bob is a colloquial name for the Devil, and that's who the expression refers to. Is that not the case ?

      Maxime RingeardMaxime RingeardMåned siden
    • @EebstertheGreat but the expression could have been coined in the 1920s, using the (then) historical example of Bob Cecil. Or it could have been a personal expression used by an individual or a few individuals for 40 years before it was picked up at any scale. Yes, the Cecil theory is not definitively proven, but I don't think the counter arguments are as strong as the story is good.

      David GustavssonDavid GustavssonMåned siden
    • Newspapers at the time did not make that joke, and although the nepotism of Robert Cecil appointing his nephew Arthur Balfour as Chief Secretary of Ireland was noted, nothing like the phrase "Bob's your uncle" appears before 1924. It doesn't make sense that a famous phrase that survived well over a century would wait 40 years to show up in print, not even in the popular tabloids and magazines of the era.

      EebstertheGreatEebstertheGreatMåned siden
    • the more you know!

      Jono BondJono BondMåned siden
  • Tea, Earl Grey, Hot

    KobaKobaMåned siden
    • Shut up Wesley

      progamer500088progamer500088Dag siden
    • Make it so!

      J BoogieJ Boogie9 dager siden
    • @EebstertheGreat If you can't see the drink in a movie, then the cup is always empty. Production crews don't want to deal with the hassle of spilling liquids on set. Once you know this you can't take your eyes off the mugs and notice how unnaturally they are handled. 👍

      Antti BraxAntti BraxMåned siden
    • Only reason I bought Earl Grey.

      zapfanzapfanzapfanzapfanMåned siden
    • Engage!

      nicholas harshbargernicholas harshbargerMåned siden