V Graham Norton (2002–2003)
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I went and saw V Graham Norton being filmed on 10 June 2002, with my friend/work colleague Federika. The audience had to bring along embarrassing holiday photographs! I took along a sweet but humiliating photo of myself aged 12 (but looking MUCH younger!) in Cornwall, dressed as a pixie!
I didn't think the picture was shocking or hysterical enough to get a mention, but it did - and the audience liked it the most out of all the photos Graham selected, so I won the grand prize! My heart was pounding when Graham said, "Barnaby's our winner! Come up here, Barnaby!" and I had to go up onstage and meet one of my favourite people of all time, and be given a FREE HOLIDAY TO ICELAND!
So, I guess I am biased about how much I love the show! It's a shame it can't be at least 60 minutes long, it sometimes feels rushed at just half an hour in running time. The guests are generally brilliant - I think Jennifer Tilly was really funny, and Alex Kingston did a good send up of her doctor role in TV's ER! Daryl Hannah seemed very nervous, but relaxed and became more amused as the show went on.
The audience participation is still as funny as ever, one of the most amusing anecdotes being from a guy who had to break up with a woman because he had an allergic reaction to her!
V Graham Norton may be for truly dedicated, utterly devoted Graham Norton fans only... and that is what I am!
The opening sequence to the show is played out to a ton of subliminal gay imagery,with men and women in bondage gear and other homosexual attire,showing Norton's apparent pride in his homosexuality and the lifestyle that goes with it.After the audience have clapped their opening welcomes,the host emerges to welcome them and to put his funny spin on the days events in the papers and on the news,which are,more often than not,riotously funny.But it is not rounded off there.Imitating a certain person or character,Norton than tells another (though more limited) round of jokes,before introducing his special guest for the night,and then subjecting them to a round of embarrassing,though again hilarious,sexual inneuendo and smut.He also involves the audience,especially as the show draws to a close.It's great that all this can be crammed into just 35 minutes,and it's evenly spaced out from Monday to Friday.There are those who may have initially considered this a risky gamble,understandably worried it may become too much of a good thing.But instead,Norton has crafted a successful format,that brings a sparkle of joy after a stressful working day and instead becomes something you really get to look forward to.This is VERY Graham Norton indeed-and all the better for it.****
this show is the best celebrity show on uk tv (late night) - it has top celebrity films stars - SHANNEN DOHERTY etc etc. i find so funny to watch on channel 4 - with lots of jokes about current news - 9/10 - pure comedy at its best.
Anyone who saw the recent Penis Piano Playing Man will agree that there is never a dull moment on the show!!!!!!!! There is absolutely no possibility of getting tired of Graham. In fact it is what I look forward to every night and me and my friends can never stop laughing about it. Graham is warm and you can't help liking him.
He is funny but also very polite. The guest seem to swear more on this show and they seem to be very relaxed but maybe that is the atmosphere that Graham gives off. The phone calls seem more funny and the sites are really funny. He also has a brilliant new website. The So Graham Norton website was good but the V Graham Norton website is even better. It has the guests that will be on the shows for every night of the week. It also has great games and wallpaper. Mini G is adorable and funny and I strongly recommend downloading him. But don't just listen to what I and Devyalento Latchford Deschanel say check it for yourselves. Don't go by our opinions make your own.
Graham has former saucepot on the show. He coos a lot.
Makes some joke to the old bird in the audience.
Asks the audience if they've ever done something saucaaaay
Sits at his computer and pulls up something rude.
Former saucepot gets embarrassed
Makes phonecall to some hick somewhere that has developed a better vibrator
Former saucepot gets embarrassed (at this point Graham makes some reference to that fact that saucepot is really saucaay - and if only he was straight... he'd have the hassle of chatting up women, ho ho, oooh, er, missus)
Show ends with something vaguely saucaaay
Graham wishes us all goodnight and promises us something saucaay tomorrow.
If you rank this as good entertainment I wish you well.
A typical episode seems to consist of the following;
- a section where members of the audience voluntarily stand up and try to outdo each other with stories of their most outrageous acts - I once saw a man receive rapturous applause from a guffawing Norton and the studio audience for telling a story of how he was once caught using a frozen chicken as a masturbatory aid by his family.
- Norton producing a novelty dildo or sex-toy and demonstrating it to the approving crowd.
- Norton surfing the net to find an American with an obscure sexual perversion and phoning them live on TV in order to make fun of them.
- "interviews" with guests in which Norton will usually bring a once glamorous star down to his level and cram in as much innuendo and penis jokes as possible, accompanied by his annoying laugh.
His material would surely be considered unbroadcastable, offensive and politically incorrect in the hands of a straight comedian but, because it is delivered by a gay man who women don't feel threatened by, it's somehow hip and witty. In truth this is lowest-common-denominator humour whoever it comes from. Depressingly, this most unsophisticated form of humour is lapped up by a worryingly high proportion of 20-30 somethings and it seems as though Graham Norton will be around for a long time yet.
In the past, Channel 4 has been responsible for challenging the boundaries of entertainment and comedy with controversial yet thought-provoking programming. In granting Norton a vehicle to air his own brand of "outrageous" comedy five nights a week, it has merely succeeded in destroying its own credibility and the accolade of being Britain's premier comedy channel.
Shame on you Channel 4.