There was a time when bingo was a game reserved for little grey haired old ladies, that would meet at the local hall and the put the world to rights whilst enjoying a few rounds and a nice up of tea. Slowly but surely though, and largely thanks to the rise of the internet, the market for our favourite game has changed and now it is enjoyed by people of all ages and from walks of life, whether it’s a stay at home mom catching five minutes while the kids are asleep or a young executive enjoying the slots on his mobile phone between meetings.
The nations favourite game is now ingrained in British culture and even though we have seen the demise of many of our local bingo halls, the appeal of the game has spread far and wide and seeped into all aspects of our lives. You may not have even realised this has happened, but just think about, some of the biggest brands are now household names and we defy anyone not to recognize the purple suited Foxy as he dances his way onto our television screens.
Bingo has even managed to infiltrate mainstream media, with Radio One whose target audience is sixteen to twenty one year olds using it as inspiration for one of the funniest games ever to hit the airwaves. If you have never listened to the Scott Mills show, you will have no idea what Innuendo Bingo is, but trust us you need to check it out. It forms part of his show every Tuesday and Thursday between 1pm and 4pm and is now so popular, it attracts some of the biggest stars of music and film.
The way the game works is simple, members of the public send in details of innuendo’s they may have heard on other radio shows or on television. They then take a celebrity and sit them opposite Scott Mills sidekick Chris, they each take a mouthful of water and face one another as the innuendo is played back. The idea being to keep the water in their mouths as long as possible. Inevitably this never happens though and the result is usually mouthfuls of water being spit all over each other.
Now we admit this might sound a bit juvenile but believe us it’s absolutely hilarious and the fact it’s broadcast on the red button so you can watch all of the action on your television or mobile phone makes it even better. To give you an idea of what you are missing, here is one of our favourite innuendos (and please remember this is very tongue in cheek so stop reading now if easily offended). Micheal Buerk on the news talking about a female reporter cuddling up to a male astronomer to keep warm – “They seem cold out there, they’re rubbing each other and he’s only come in his shorts.”
The good news is you can find the majority of the previous Innuendo Bingo’s on YouTube, so you can catch up on the ones you have missed. The feature has become so popular that some shows even write innuendo’s into their scripts, hoping that someone will catch them and email them in to the studio! It’s not just stars from the UK either, as celebrities are constantly asking to go on the show and in the past we have seen big names including Hugh Jackman, Will Ferrell Kylie Minogue and Gerard Butler, all taking a face full of water in the name of comedy!