As the night wore on, politicians popped up on the studio big screen: Boris Johnson offered himself up to wrestle with the attack dog-turned-comedian, albeit down the other end of a springy ear microphone.
It’s safe to say Paxman wasn’t impressed by Boris saying how “lucky” he was to have won. “You could have put a donkey in there with a blue rosette on!” Paxman said of “Bozza’s” constituency victory – just the sort of political back-and-forth we had been waiting for.
Paxman interviewing Boris is great telly. Channel 4 y'all #GE2015
As the pre-prepared pieces to camera dried up and the interviews flowed in, Paxman was clearly on safer ground – although the sniggering in the studio every time a political leader appeared still reminded you this definitely wasn’t Newsnight.
So, as viewers became more sleep-deprived, Paxman pepped up. The dodgy comedy monologues and Nicola Sturgeon fish jokes were forgotten, and if he converted a few more floating voters to the political game, so much the better.