Stationery Matters starred as the guest publication on this week’s Have I Got News For You.
Everyone on the Stationery Matters team is over the moon at the magazine’s appearance as guest publication on the BBC’s much-loved comedy current affairs show on Friday 12th October. We’ll take our 15 minutes of fame. Or should that be infamy?
Submitting a magazine to the famous ‘missing word’ slot on the show takes a leap of faith, as it’s impossible to predict the level of mockery from team leaders Ian Hislop and Paul Merton, or from the host, this week comedian Richard Ayoade. It was Stationery Matters’ lucky night however, with name checks for Parker, referring to its iconic status, and for the London Stationery Show, with just the merest hint of irony from the teams. An image taken from Stationery Matters of an empty planner by A Gift From The Gods provided the chance to deride Strictly star Seann Walsh’s bookings for the next 18 months…
Aside from a dig at one of the Strictly celebrities, the magazine’s appearance on the show put stationery firmly in the spotlight - if only for a few minutes - and gave the industry a fantastic positive boost.
The thing about stationery is it’s actually quite difficult to say something negative about it, even for razor-sharp comedians. The only industry people to receive a ribbing on the missing word slot were pen bloggers who, as Richard Ayoade explained, use a keyboard to type about how much they love pens!
Watch the show on BBC iPlayer, or catch the extended late-night show Have I Got A Bit More News for You, which will be broadcast on Monday night, 15th October.