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holdencaulfield2003

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Posted Mar 21, 2004 @ 8:50 PM

http://www.updater.co.uk
This has graham content on it.

Bringing up the topic.
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holdencaulfield2003

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Posted Jun 12, 2004 @ 5:12 PM

Geez I guess my last topic expired, so I thought I'd start a new one, as the show begins this month on CC: I am eagerly awaiting this show. My friends in the UK, are counting on me to give expert recaps of the show.

Anyways, to start things off:

a story i read at my good friend Resident Brit's site:

At a recent Comedy Central party which Graham attended, an agent from AOL (who had just signed a tentative deal for $1 Million to sponsor Graham's show) went up all excitedly to Graham and said "So, you'll be using AOL on the show, that's great! We're so excited! What kind of webpages do you usually visit during the programme?" To which Graham replies "Oh, all kinds of stuff, gay porn, fetish sites, things like that!" The agent's face falls a mile and Graham realises what he has done and says "I just ruined your deal didn't I?" to which the agent replied politely "No, not at all." The next thing which happens, AOL drop the deal!!


Edited by holdencaulfield2003, Jun 27, 2004 @ 5:23 PM.

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Posted Jun 14, 2004 @ 11:30 AM

Early on, I was smitten with his UK show on Channel Four. I especially loved 1) the time he had Sophia Lauren speak with a sex line operator through the dog phone and 2) his obsession with that b-movie actor Miles...something.

Having seen a couple episodes of the show he's now doing in NY for the UK, his comedy's seems a little flat. At least the beginning monologue anyway. He tries to talk about Bush and other political going ons stateside, but a lot of it just comes off as ignorant and too simplistic, especially in comparison to CC's Jon Stewart. It'll be interesting to see where he focuses his american show.

edited to add: O'Keefe! That's it. Thanks iMiss Ethan. I heard Graham's contract with Channel Four was up when the show wrapped this spring, so the CC show is likely independent of what they had. Brits will probably need to petition their networks to get him back on the telly.

Edited by halo_pub, Jun 14, 2004 @ 7:06 PM.

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Posted Jun 14, 2004 @ 3:04 PM

Miles O'Keefe - Tarzan to Bo Derek's Jane.

Is the show being shown in the UK now the same one we'll be getting shortly in the states? I just signed up to see the show live, and there were only four or five tape dates listed.
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holdencaulfield2003

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Posted Jun 15, 2004 @ 11:46 AM

No they are close to it, but not the same. nutshell version.

Graham's contract with C4 ran out in April. Noone knew what his plans were. Graham then signed a deal with Comedy Central. BBCA got upset and then they stopped showing new episodes and eventually phased him out. Then he signed with the BBC ANYHOW, he was supposed to finish up his contract with C4 by doing one last season of V (daily show). I guess he changed his mind, (and as he was already coming this summer to film shows in NYC), He decided to abandon V and shoot 10 shows in NYC that were only available to the Brits. The 13 shows shot in NYC for CC will only be seen here.

Hope that helps.
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Posted Jun 15, 2004 @ 2:29 PM

Sort of, except for the fact that it's been much longer than since April that he hasn't been on BBC America.

I just hope he won't choose one subject to joke about in every monologue of the series. It wasn't funny with Catherine Zeta Jones, and it won't be funny with Paris Hilton, JLo, or whomever he would choose now.
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Posted Jun 15, 2004 @ 7:51 PM

Just a heads-up: Graham's scheduled to be on The Daily Show this Thursday the 17th.
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Posted Jun 17, 2004 @ 8:25 AM

I lovelovelove V and So.. but I have fears that the Stateside show will not be as good, or he won't be able to get away with as much.

Has there been any word on who the first guests will be?
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holdencaulfield2003

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Posted Jun 17, 2004 @ 5:18 PM

There will be a special introduction to Graham tonight at 9 on CC and then as stated above 11 on the daily show.
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Posted Jun 17, 2004 @ 8:29 PM

Judging from the old UK clips that they've included in the intro show, I think the comedy central show will still be able to capture all the giddiness and show quite a lot too. The blurring may actually be a good thing.

Miss the dog phone!
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Posted Jun 18, 2004 @ 7:01 AM

I'd be interested to know what people who never watched Graham before thought of the "introduction" show.

I figured there'd at least be some narration, or brief history of the show, or interview with Graham, or something. I don't know if those unfamiliar with him were really able to get a sense of what the show is like from that mishmash of clips.

I'm so looking forward to the shows being a full hour now.
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holdencaulfield2003

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Posted Jun 18, 2004 @ 8:00 PM

I missed the intro special, as I was out. My mom was going to tape it, but the signal was all fuzzy, and it wasn't worth it? How was it? Did they show any unseen clips?

btw, they are putting out An american DVD finally featuring some unaired eps, including one with Ozzy and Sharon.
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Posted Jun 18, 2004 @ 10:54 PM

I'd be interested to know what people who never watched Graham before thought of the "introduction" show.


I loved the intro show. I'm glad I watched it -- if I had only seen his TDS interview and not the intro show, I don't think I would be tuning in this Thursday.
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Posted Jun 20, 2004 @ 4:02 PM

Saw the intro show and laughed and laughed and laughed.... Of course, I'm pre-disposed to British-humor-type-people anyway since I was exposed to Are You Being Served at a very young age and have religiously watched Red Dwarf, Keeping Up Appearances and, most recently, Coupling (all thanks to my local PBS station). My roommate, who is VERY Midwestern, thought Graham was disgusting.

I'd never seen Graham before, but heard good things from a friend who is lucky enough to have BBCAmerica (or is that unlucky enough?). Now I plan to tune in Thursday to see if the American version is as good.
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Posted Jun 20, 2004 @ 5:07 PM

I can't believe I missed the intro show. I love Graham Norton. Love.Him.
When does this air?
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Posted Jun 20, 2004 @ 6:48 PM

PostToastie, here's a list of repeats of the intro show.

• Introducing Graham Norton
COMEDY, Mon Jun 21 10:30pm EDT

• Introducing Graham Norton
COMEDY, Tue Jun 22 12:30am EDT

• Introducing Graham Norton
COMEDY, Tue Jun 22 02:00pm EDT

• Introducing Graham Norton
COMEDY, Thu Jun 24 11:30am EDT

• Introducing Graham Norton
COMEDY, Thu Jun 24 08:30pm EDT


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Posted Jun 20, 2004 @ 9:49 PM

Thanks,rocknemo117
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Posted Jun 21, 2004 @ 7:41 AM

I just hope he keeps the audience games in the new show -- his interaction with them is some of his funniest stuff.
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Posted Jun 21, 2004 @ 8:17 AM

Caught the intro show and thought it was a hoot. I have never seen the show but I always like Graham on the shows he guests as. Even the recent TDS. It wasn't great, but Norton is like an awkward puppy in situations like those. Slightly exasperating but can still bring a smile.
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Posted Jun 21, 2004 @ 9:33 AM

I just hope he keeps the audience games in the new show -- his interaction with them is some of his funniest stuff.


I hope he does the 'Stand Up - Sit Down' game from his earlier shows on BBC. Once he switched to using the pre-written cards on the back of their chairs it lost something.
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holdencaulfield2003

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Posted Jun 21, 2004 @ 10:52 AM

just a little note : I do not want to be picky but i just wanted to clear something up. Graham's show was not on the BBC but rather on Channel 4, which is sort of a less conservative network, so he could be more raunchy and have people from eithe network (ITV and BBC) ON. Now that he has finished with Channel 4, He has a new show coming up on the BBC

eta: Sorry posttoastie:) Everything is cool!
I will definitely try and see the Graham Norton Special tonight.


http://www.sotelevision.co.uk/

Here is the link to Graham's company site. It has the complete episode guides to So and V.

Edited by holdencaulfield2003, Jun 21, 2004 @ 11:01 AM.

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Posted Jun 21, 2004 @ 10:56 AM

Sorry holdencaulfield2003, he's on BBC America here. That might be the confusion. I mean his old show 'So Graham Norton' was on BBC America.

Edited by PostToastie, Jun 21, 2004 @ 10:56 AM.

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holdencaulfield2003

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Posted Jun 23, 2004 @ 11:14 AM

Graham's sure a busy promoter. Tomorrow he's on Regis and The Tonight show. That's pretty cool.
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Posted Jun 24, 2004 @ 8:03 AM

I loves me some Graham Norton!
There's a cool interview here.

My favorite bits?

TVGO: Which one is your least fave?
Norton: I don't mind Queer Eye. Mind you, I don't know why it requires five gay men. One of them could do it all! Any gay man knows how to cook a bit, clean a bit and how to shave.

TVGO: Except maybe Jai Rodriguez, who's useless, especially when he tutors straight guys on interpersonal skills.
Norton: Poor little Jai. We're glad he's there he's cute. But if I was a straight person, he would annoy me. He treats them like they're so stupid. They're only heterosexual; they're not mentally retarded. He says things like "When your mother meets your girlfriend, make sure you introduce them and they talk to each other." Well, yeah, of course! It's not like there's anything wrong with these men's brains just because they're heterosexual. They haven't just been beamed in from another planet.


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Posted Jun 24, 2004 @ 10:54 PM

So I caught the first episode, it was a bit of mixed bag. Never seen Graham's BBC show but I've heard a lot of him. He's definitely funny in that quirky, sometimes burlesque humor, but other times I think he's trying a bit too hard with very obvious jokes. Didn't care for his audience at all, which I thought were way too loud and boorish. Of course the highlight was definitely his interview with Sandra Bernhard and their phone conversation with the skeevy teeth guy.

I'll probably check it out again.
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Posted Jun 25, 2004 @ 12:24 AM

The show rocked! He kept all the fun stuff from his British show like the games and audience participation.

Loved the doll they set up in the bar. That was frickin' hysterical.
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Posted Jun 25, 2004 @ 12:55 AM

I think the toothbrush guy was kinda hot [small voice]
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Posted Jun 25, 2004 @ 1:04 AM

I was pleasantly surprised with the show. Laughed several times.

I noticed that person number one during the couple guessing game was not shown being matched with someone. They showed the first couple, and then when they jumped to the next, person number one was already sitting with someone.

Or maybe I just missed it or something.
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Posted Jun 25, 2004 @ 1:10 AM

Nope. The Raunch Factor has been turned meaner somehow and a little less funny, particulary when Bernhard started running the table. Graham Norton isn't about the guests, it's about Graham - and when he's good he's delicious. The guests are props.

The "shut up" that came out of Norton, directed at the audience during the match-the-moaner with the-moanee game, didn't sound to me like his comic persona; it sounded like Norton himself, breaking character in an effort to get back control.

The closing monologue showed him back in better form - for lack of a better phrase, he was back to being Graham Norton, the Purveyor of Amiable Smut - we'll see how the show develops in the coming weeks.

Edited by otcinsf, Jun 25, 2004 @ 1:24 AM.

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Posted Jun 25, 2004 @ 1:15 AM

I noticed that person number one during the couple guessing game was not shown being matched with someone. They showed the first couple, and then when they jumped to the next, person number one was already sitting with someone.


I noticed that too. Wonder if it was for time, content, or both?

I've never liked Sandra Bernhard and don't care about Marlon Wayans. Bring on the A-list, or the campy B-list celebs!
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