I'm a big fan of The Graham Norton Show on BBC America, which has done a rare thing, fine a fresh way to do a talk show. He might not be to everyone's taste, but he is to mine.
There's one part of the show I'm not crazy about, and I usually fast-forward through it, though I still admire them for doing it. It comes at the end, when they do The Big Red Chair. That's when a studio guest sits in...well, a big red chair, and tells some anecdote from their life. The host (and sometimes the celebrity guests) decide whether to pull a lever and flip the chair, tossing the guest -- it's clearly a short drop and cushions -- and "let him walk."
Happily, I chose to stick around and watch this particular "Big Red Chair" segment.
It came at the end of a show a couple weeks ago that had guests -- from left to right on the couch -- Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Dawn French (who began her career with Jennifer Saunders, as "Saunders & French"), Rod Stewart, and one of my fave comic actors, Chris O'Dowd.
The fun thing, too, when I was watching it on the air, is the reaction of all the guest panelists. And I kept rewinding the recording to watch each person individually. You can do the same here.
I shall say no more, other than stick around to the very end, even if you're not that interested in the story. But it's a fun story, so that shouldn't be a problem. You might be wondering where the story is going, but it most definitely has a destination.. (And despite what the title says, no, Chris O'Dowd doesn't tell the story, but had told some very funny ones earlier.)
The sound isn't all that good, but it's worth it. Hey, it's only two minutes... (There might be a brief commercial at the beginning which you can soon click away from.)
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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