Richard Ayoade

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Ayoade as Maurice Moss in The IT Crowd, playing Countdown.

Richard Ayoade was a contestant on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. He is an actor, writer and stand-up comedian amongst other talents.

In his most famous role as Maurice Moss on The IT Crowd, Richard's character "appeared" on Countdown in 2010. In the episode, Moss famously declares the nine letters TNETENNBA which already "spells" out a word, and breaks many records. Moss is later invited to a secret club called 8+ and forced to play Street Countdown against a jealous former champion, "Negative One", declaring a 16 (OVERNUMEROUSNESS) compared to Negative One's 12, ENORMOUSNESS. The episode featured cameo appearances by former Jeff Stelling, Rachel Riley, and Gyles Brandreth.

He eventually made his debut appearance six years later on an actual episode on 22 October 2016 in 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Series 11, Episode 5. For his sole apperances in 2016 and 2017, he scored three and five respectively. Remarkably the year after, in 2018, he improved dramatically, scoring perfectly in a numbers round and obtained a maximum in a letters round and maintained his performance in 2019, though he could have broken his own record had he not discarded DOGNAP (He would eventually do so almost a year later in 2020).


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
8-10 11-5 22/10/2016 S Richard Ayoade
& Rob Beckett
3 – 48 Jon Richardson
& Claudia Winkleman
Adam Riches Susie Dent 70
8-10 13-3 6/07/2017 S Stephen Mangan
& Sean Lock
55 – 5 Richard Ayoade
& Katherine Ryan
Bill Bailey Susie Dent 71
8-10 16-6 17/08/2018 S Richard Ayoade
& Sean Lock
42 – 43 Jon Richardson
& Jessica Knappett
Alex Horne &
the Horne Section
Susie Dent 74
8-10 17-3 25/01/2019 S Joe Wilkinson
& Sean Lock
22 – 35 Richard Ayoade
& Aisling Bea
Tom Allen Susie Dent 78
8-10 19-3 23/01/2020 S Richard Ayoade
& Sean Lock
44* – 44 Jon Richardson
& Katherine Ryan
David O'Doherty Susie Dent 87
* Includes 5 points from a bonus game.

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