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Rich Fulcher '2012: Mashed' Q&A: 'Charlie Sheen's breakdown was amazing'

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Rich Fulcher in Mashed

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Bored of talking heads retrospectives and 'end-of-the-year' shows packed with clips you've seen a dozen times before? Then Channel 4's 2012: Mashed might be right up your street - this one-hour special features a host of original, specially-commissioned video mash-up clips from internet icons like Dan Bull, David Schneider, Cassetteboy and Rob Manuel, each presenting a unique take on the big events of the year.

Digital Spy got on the phone to 2012: Mashed host Rich Fulcher to find out what we should expect from the special, which promises to cover everything from the London Olympics, to 50 Shades of Grey to the fate of poor Galapagos George...

What is 2012: Mashed all about?
"You know how there's usually end-of-year shows which are kind of boring - talking heads or clip shows? This is clips of events from the year - online videos - but they've all been commissioned from these great internet gurus; people like Dan Bull, Cassetteboy, David Schneider... we picked the events we liked and then commissioned people to do mash-ups on them.

"There's these really interesting videos and bizarre mash-ups on all the big topics. Some of it's mashing up two things - there's a mash-up of the 2012 Olympics and the London riots. We had so much stuff - we could've done a two-hour show, but we had to cut it down to an hour, which is good.

"We think it could be a series as well, but [for now] it's just a one-off about the year. It's just an amazing array of talent - any one of these videos could easily go viral."



What was your own favourite event from 2012?
"Charlie Sheen's breakdown - I just could not stop watching that train-wreck, it was amazing. But I'm a political junkie, so I was following the US election right up until the end. There's a Republican rap on Mashed that's auto-tuned - it's really good stuff."

50 Shades of Grey was a big craze this year - were you were tempted to pick up a copy?
"Well, when we were filming, somebody brought the book in, but that copy had notes written in! So I guess some women really take it to heart and take notes! But how many has it sold, a billion?! We cover that, for sure."

Was there anything you wanted to get into Mashed but weren't able to include?
"We had to leave some of the more risqué ones - I think it's just that time right now, I think it'll blow over - but overall the show does push boundaries. That's why they put it out at 11.40pm. We wanted it to go out at 11pm, but at least this way if we only get a few ratings, they'll be impressed!"

Rich Fulcher in Mashed

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What's been the best thing you've seen on the internet this year?
"See, I like actual screw-ups where people vomit... or I loved the 'Fenton!' thing with the dog...

"But my favourite thing of all was this thing called 'Bad Lip Reading' - apparently everyone's caught onto that now, but that was my favourite for a while."

Do you have a TV highlight of the year?
"Well, I became addicted to Homeland - the first series. I'm not so sure about the second one, it might have jumped the shark. But my guilty pleasure is Geordie Shore.

"I mean, Jersey Shore is so tame by comparison. And The Valleys is like a worse Geordie Shore - nobody does it better than they do!"



At the start of the year, we saw you on Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy - are you going to be working with Noel again in the future?
"Yeah, I hope so. There's still fans out there that want to see more Mighty Boosh - we thought we might do it as a film and it was almost there, but Noel and Julian [Barratt] went off and did their own thing."

So do you think a full Mighty Boosh reunion will happen in the future?
"Oh yeah, I think it's inevitably going to happen. Especially now that Netflix is around, I get loads of new people saying, 'I'd never heard of this show - I just contracted malaria and watched all of them' - it's always when somebody gets sick that they watch all the episodes! Again, it's just Noel and Julian's schedules - Julian's an actor and he just did something on the West End."



Mashed covers all of 2012, but are your predictions for 2013?
"Austerity will be revealed, like in The Wizard of Oz - that cloak will be lifted and we'll all start to see again. And the big Olympic sport will be chess. The internet will be huger - bigger still...

"Oh, and comedy will get better - I know it's had a lull recently. People get tired of too many dramas - 2013's the year for comedy!"

2012: Mashed airs on Friday, December 28 at 11.40pm on Channel 4.

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