I love Graham Norton. And I mean love. I’ve never laughed so hard whilst watching any chat show in my life; I’ve actually had coughing fits from watching the hilarity that ensues! And this charming, funny, flamboyant, brilliant chap hailing from Cork, Ireland doesn’t just make great telly. He makes me want to hang out with him.
Graham is my imaginary celebrity gay boyfriend. I adore him. I think spending the day in London with Graham—just chewing the fat over a glass of Pinot Grigio and a nice meal, then going shopping in Knightsbridge or people-watching in Trafalgar Square, and capping it all off with a trip to the West End to see a show—would just be heaven on earth.
I watch The Graham Norton Show here in the U.S. on BBC America. I’ve set my DVR to record every episode that airs, and I think I’ve seen almost all of them at this point. But it seems that not enough people here in the States are aware of him, and how utterly fantastic his show is. So here’s my bid to show those who haven’t tuned in to see how marvellous he is exactly what they’re missing. Without further ado, here are the top 5 reasons I think you should watch The Graham Norton Show.
1. He plays around on the computer. I know it doesn’t sound like it would be very funny, but believe me, it is. I’ve discovered some great web sites by watching Graham demonstrate his Internet prowess (i.e. Awkward Family Photos, Cake Wrecks, Upside Down Dogs). I think the funniest bit was when he showed the magical search powers of Google to guests Robert Downey, Jr. and Ed Byrne.
2. He has the most eclectic guest line-ups. Graham always mixes it up by having Hollywood A-listers on the same bill with U.K. legends and sensations, and it never fails to make for highly entertaining television. Where else can you see 50 Cent sharing a sofa with Catherine Tate and Jimmy Carr? Or Justin Bieber chatting with Jack Black, Miranda Hart, and John Waters? And most recently, Vince Vaughn and Diddy (as in the artist formerly known as P. Diddy) giving some, um, relationship advice to English comedienne Sarah Millican.
3. He has fantastic musical guests. From Paolo Nutini to Dame Shirley Bassey to Tinie Tempah to the Pet Shop Boys, Graham’s got the best of the best. And many of these guests don’t just perform on the show; they also spend some time chatting with Graham as well, which is always funny. Check out Michael Bublé’s appearance, for example.
4. You can learn something whilst being entertained. Whilst some of Graham’s guests aren’t the brainiest (Read: Katie Price), some of them are brilliant (Read: Stephen Fry). So whether it’s deep, thought-provoking statements about life from 50 Cent (“Every time you say a prayer and God don’t answer, it’s because he told your ass ‘No!’”) or Harry Potter himself singing the Periodic Table of the Elements, you’re sure to learn something new.
5. He has a big, red chair. But this just isn’t any big, red chair. This chair is for audience members to sit in at the end of each show in a segment he calls That’s All We’ve Got Time For, where they tell Graham and his guests their very best anecdote. And if Graham isn’t impressed, then away they go.
What’s your favourite moment from The Graham Norton Show?