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Love Island’s Iain Stirling’s joke writing secrets as fans slam his narration

Love Island narrator Iain Stirling has dished on what it's like to work as the hilarious voice of the famous villa dating show – and the studio secrets behind his success.

The 33-year-old comedian from Edinburgh, who is married to Love Island host Laura Whitmore, has been voicing the show ever since its return in June 2015.

However, his six-year-long tenure on the show has not always been plain-sailing, as many ITV viewers have complained about the star 'not being funny' during this year's series.

Appearing on the Happy Hour Podcast, hosted by YouTuber Jack Dean (Jaackmaate), Iain revealed that he actually gets help from a producer called Mark Busk-Cowley when writing his jokes for the show.

And it turns out that Mark is a showbiz joke whizz because he writes the quick-witted links for Ant and Dec when they host their celeb jungle survival show, I'm A Celebrity.

Discussing his average working day, Iain said: "We go in at about 12 o clock or 1 o clock. Me and a guy called Mark who writes it with me. So me and Mark write it – he's Scottish as well – and he came up with the format back in the day.

"And he write all the links for Ant and Dec on I'm A Celebrity, and that's funny sh*t man. That is funny sh*t."

He then explained that he goes in to record the links before the show airs after receiving the final edit.

He continued: "So me and him go in and there's pretty much a final cut of the show and then we just watch part one, record the VO (voice over), then watch part two and record the VO."

When asked if he writes it when he watches it, Ian replied: "Normally there's a guide VO by the producer just so we know what the voiceover is meant to functionally do."

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The Love Island star finishes around four or five o'clock and has to play the "waiting game" until the final version of the show is signed off – and he might be called in to change lines at the last minute before the show airs.

He then admitted that although it's "really fun" working on the series, the only time it becomes hard is in the last couple of weeks of the series because it's all the same couples having "sort of the same conversations" with each other.

Iain said: "That's when it's difficult [in the last two weeks] when it's all the same couples and they're all having sort of the same conversations and you're going back to Jake and Liberty for the third time that day.

"And you've already done all the jokes with Jake and Liberty for forty shows so it's like 'I don't know what else I can say about this'."

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However, he went on to reveal that he thinks footballer Toby Aromolaran is "brilliant", recognising that the public came to love him.

It comes as some angry Love Island fans have taken to Twitter during this year's series, claiming that they don't find his quips funny.

One user wrote: "Iain Stirling is really not funny this season can he actually be quiet so I can watch in peace."

A second penned: "Anyone else not feeling Love island this series. It's like they are trying too hard to make it exciting and it's just not, also Iain Stirling is not funny!"

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The narrator also got into trouble with Welsh locals this series when he compared a night in Swansea to spending a night in a skip, naked and covered in vomit before saying he would never stay in Swansea, WalesOnline reported.

"Iain Stirling would be lucky to have a night in Swansea, just saying #loveisland", one fan wrote on Twitter.

"Ow @IainDoesJokes if you haven't been for a night out on Wind Street in Swansea then you're yet to truly live", said another.

Stirling also cited that the dating show has shown how human people are, citing the need to treat other human beings with respect.

He recently told The Guardian: "What Love Island’s been great at is making people more aware that people [on social media] are human. You could be Kim Kardashian, you’re still a human being, you need to treat other human beings with respect and kindness, and not be awful to people".

The Love Island grand final airs tonight at 9pm on ITV2 and ITVHub.

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