28/11/2011 06:01 GMT | Updated 28/11/2011 08:12 GMT

A Foreigners' Guide To British Panel Shows

You gather a panel of random funny celebrities in front of a live studio audience, have them one-up each other on some broad topic, and let the hilarity and four-letter words fly. A quick-witted host awards points to the guests with the best answers. It's part game show, part roundtable. Britain has perfected this format, termed the 'panel show,' into an art form and national pastime.