David Attenborough has been voted the nation's dream online Xmas party host

Thursday, 17th December 2020, 1:27 pm
Updated Friday, 18th December 2020, 9:19 am

Sir David Attenborough has been named as the nation’s favourite online Christmas party host.

Millions of adults have admitted declining Zoom or other online video calls with friends or family because they’re suffering from VCB (Video Call Burnout) from work-related sessions.

But we’d be more than happy to tune in to join a virtual Christmas bash if Sir David was hosting…

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The beloved TV presenter beat Ant & Dec, funnyman Peter Kay, Ricky Gervais and Idris Elba in a national poll of UK adults by FunLab.

Gemma Collins was voted the dream female party host in the top 10 survey.

And the poll of 2,000 UK adults, conducted by Funlab, which delivers fully hosted remote events, revealed some essential ingredients for a successful online Christmas and NYE bash.

Four in ten said a fun host is the most important element, one in five would like a ‘defined end point’ rather than the party just fizzling out, and 14% want karaoke. 

A virtual Christmas

Despite the nation’s video call fatigue, a virtual Christmas knees-up looks like being a godsend for many - certainly when it comes to office parties.

Nearly half (46%) admit they have deliberately avoided contact with a work colleague at the annual bash and four in 10 (41%) “cringe” when they remember last year’s get-together.

Four in 10 - presumably the same culprits - confess they are more likely to do something embarrassing there than at any other time of the year.

Overall, almost a quarter (24%) are relishing the prospect of a video Christmas party.

FunLab spokeswoman Blaise Witnish said:  “Remote workers are suffering Zoom fatigue for all the right reasons - dull after-work drinks with no structure and no host to keep the energy up, or rubbish quizzes with no prizes of visual aids.

“FunLab is changing the game by offering fully hosted escape rooms, game shows and adventures for your whole team. The perfect solution to make the most of this remote working lark.”

FunLab has launched New Year’s Eve packages which include quiz and games shows, choose your own adventure and virtual escape rooms for up to 100 guests.

TOP 10 DREAM ONLINE XMAS PARTY HOSTS.

  1. Sir David Attenborough
  2. Ant and Dec
  3. Peter Kay
  4. Ricky Gervais
  5. Gemma Collins
  6. Sir Ian McKellen
  7. Idris Elba
  8. Jordan North
  9. Graham Norton
  10. James Corden