The BBC has launched an appeal to clone Louis Theroux in an effort to rescue even more American weirdos from obscurity. “The USA is a unique ecosystem”, explains Theroux, “with more psychiatric diversity than any other place on earth. Basically, it’s the rainforest for nutters.
“My show has already rescued some amazing people from drifting into obscurity. Who can forget the survivalists building a post-apocalypse house from straw? Or the neo Nazis? Or the bonkers Christians who shout at motorists from the roadside? These people would wither without attention, and in a country like America, nobody even notices them! They are, quite literally, found on every street corner.
“The BBC appeal will provide the cash to have me cloned. Fortunately we’ve found an amateur biologist in Wisconsin who can do just that, though he’d rather I was Hitler”
The BBC has defended the plan to clone a presenter rather than open up opportunities for fresh blood. “Louis is unique”, a spokesman said. “With his boyish charm he can make even hardened lunatics open up. And this could be the ultimate extension of the BBC’s Nepotism Policy, which tries to minimise the genetic diversity of presenters. We thought we’d done well with Peter Snow and his son Dan, but this would be the ultimate.