I've become a fan of The Graham Norton Show on BBC America, a weekly "chat show" that puts its own unique spin on the format. In fairness, it's just once a week, so that gives them more leeway to book topnotch guests and do deep research that comes in handy, but regardless of that I give a lot of credit to host Norton who just has a smart, if otherworldy take on it all. It might not be to everyone's taste, but more often that not I find it quite a treat.
(I have the sense that James Corden and his producers patterned some of their show after Norton's, most particularly bringing out all the guests at the same time. I find it works better on the British show, since -- being weekly -- they're able to get a more interesting mix of people each time, and also Norton, having done this for so long, is thoroughly adept at directing things.)
I don't know what time the show airs -- it tends to shift a bit, usually in the 10 or 11 o'clock range -- but at the moment it's following the mini-series, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. Last week, it came on at 10:15 PM, Los Angeles time.
On this coming Saturday night's show, two of the guests are Mark Wahlberg and Seth Macfarlane, promoting Ted 2, I assume. And though it hasn't aired here yet, it has in England, and various clips have been posted.
If you saw the original Ted, you no doubt recall the famous scene where Wahlberg whips off 57 "white trash girls' name." For the sequel, Macfarlane wrote a scene where Wahlberg has to zip through the names of 57 movie characters. And then, the scene got cut.
When Norton asks if they had cue cards, Macfarlane explains that they did, but that Wahlberg actually learned it all. And MacFarlane adds that it bewildered him, because "I could never do that. It's just random names with no context." Wahlberg said that he just drilled himself with it over and that "I still wake up in the morning saying this shit". And when Norton asks, almost incredulously, if he actually still remembers it, the actors says he does -- and promptly reals it off.
So, here's his re-creation of what was cut from the movie. If you thought that first scene in the original Ted was done with edits or trickery or cue cards, here's the remarkable proof that it wasn't.
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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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