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  • -My next guest has won countless awards

  • as the host of "The Graham Norton Show,"

  • which airs Fridays at 11:00 p.m. on BBC America.

  • Here is Graham Norton!

  • Graham Norton, wow.

  • Welcome to "The Tonight Show."

  • Thank you so much for being our guest.

  • Normally, we -- Our time difference, we --

  • There was no way you can come here and I would go there.

  • -Exactly. So this is perfect.

  • It's one of the few things of lockdown, is I get to talk to --

  • it's weird that there are so few of us who do the same job,

  • but we never really get to talk to each other.

  • But now, we do. -Yeah.

  • And just like me, you, as well, hosted your show from home

  • for a period of time during the pandemic.

  • -[ Groans ] -[ Laughs ]

  • I already like your face.

  • -It was awful! -What?! Come on!

  • -It was so boring.

  • I did not get into show business to put my own mike on.

  • -[ Laughs ]

  • -It was -- Also, I was so bad at it.

  • Our show is like 45 minutes long.

  • The first one took seven hours.

  • I'm not joking. It took seven hours to do,

  • and that was kind of all me, all my fault.

  • -Yeah, because what -- you were screwing up,

  • or you just didn't know where to look or pausing or...?

  • -Oh, it's like, "Are you recording it in HD?"

  • I don't know! -[ Laughs ]

  • -Did you get the thing where you had to tell the celebrities

  • to stop talking about how much they enjoyed lockdown?

  • [ Laughter ]

  • Where they're going, you know, "Oh, I'm so loving it.

  • I get to go to the gym."

  • It's like, "What gym? The gym is closed."

  • You know, "They prepared dinner."

  • "Who is 'they?'"

  • Is that your mother's preferred pronoun?

  • And then they have movies in their movie theater.

  • [ Laughs ]

  • -I had a couple times, too,

  • where I'm talking to people

  • and they said something that was very important,

  • and their Zoom cut out,

  • and they didn't realize that their Zoom cut out.

  • And they're going like, "Well, I just want to say that w--"

  • And then I'm just sitting there, going like,

  • "Do I nod, or do I shake my head 'no, this is bad or good?'"

  • And then I feel so bad, but I'm like, "Hi.

  • Do you mind just doing that one more time,

  • whatever you just said?

  • Because I did not get it on tape."

  • And they're like, "Oh, gosh."

  • And they're crying. And they're like, "Oh, no."

  • -[ Laughs ]

  • Yeah, "Try to re-create that moment.

  • You know, you're a performer." -Exactly.

  • -And also, I like the bits of their house

  • they choose to show you, like the people who look like

  • they've been kidnapped are about to hold up the newspaper

  • with that day's date. -Yeah.

  • We have a couple of writers that still have that

  • as their background, and I'm like, "Just move anywhere else."

  • They're like, "This is the only spot

  • we can get away from our kids and whatever."

  • But, yeah, you go for, I don't know, good lighting.

  • I tried all sorts of different things.

  • At one point, there was a good shot that I would have to, like,

  • lean down into it, look up at the sun.

  • It was --

  • Isn't it odd though also not having an audience?

  • You have a audience normally around 600 people?

  • Is that correct?

  • -Yeah, we're lucky. We have a really big audience.

  • And that's amazing. As you know, like, walking out

  • to that cheering, that applause, I mean, we are a vortex of need.

  • That fills the void for a few seconds.

  • But we -- I don't know what you have now.

  • We have a thing where we get a social-distanced audience.

  • So it's about 100 people in the audience.

  • -Oh. -And it's --

  • I mean, no offense to them, but it's awful.

  • You know, it sounds like they're emptying

  • a bucket of wet fish or something.

  • -[ Laughs ]

  • -There you go.

  • Thank you, thank you very much.

  • -But you also do a great thing on your show called

  • "Red Chair Stories," and I think it's hilarious.

  • Can explain what this is and where the idea came from?

  • -So, it's a thing where people from the audience

  • sit in a chair, and they try to tell, like,

  • their best, funniest story,

  • the story they tell down the pub with their friends.

  • If it bores us, I've got a lever, and I flip them.

  • And basically we built -- we -- -You flip the chair back.

  • -Honestly, we should sell them for Christmas.

  • We should sell them for Christmas.

  • Like, "Granny is boring.

  • Bore off, Granny." boom. -Yeah.

  • -But we built it -- we built it because we had this comedian on,

  • a British comedian -- he's gone now, sadly --

  • Ronnie Corbett.

  • Well, he used to do a bit

  • where he would tell a really long, rambly story.

  • And he would do it in a red chair.

  • And he was coming on the show, so we thought,

  • "Oh, let's get audience members to try to tell stories,

  • and we'll flip them."

  • Funny. One show.

  • Our line producer then got in touch with us and said,

  • "You know that chair?

  • Eh, that -- that was quite expensive."

  • -[ Laughs ]

  • -"Is -- Is there any way we could use that chair again?"

  • -"Just twice would even make me happy.

  • Just please, we spent so much money on that flipping chair.

  • We have to do this bit again."

  • -Yeah. "We need some economy of scale."

  • -I love that story. -Yeah, so now, it's been

  • good value now 'cause we do it every week,

  • so it's been going for years.

  • -I read somewhere that you don't consider yourself

  • a good interviewer, which is surprising to me

  • because I think you are a great --

  • -Well, I think -- Isn't it that thing, that like,

  • I like chatting.

  • I like chatting to people. That's very nice.

  • But, like, an interview to me sounds like you're going to go

  • somewhere or get some revelation.

  • I have zero interest.

  • You know when you get those things from, like, the people,

  • it's like, "Okay, they don't want to

  • talk about their dating."

  • I was like, "I don't want to talk about it."

  • -Yeah.

  • -I have zero interest in who they're dating.

  • So we just talk about whatever they want to talk about.

  • So long as we have a good time.

  • If they've got some funny stories, I'm happy.

  • -Yeah, I agree. -Which, I think interviewers

  • are, kind of, you know, boom, boom, boom.

  • That's not me. -I love your show.

  • Who is on the show this week?

  • Is the big Christmas show this week or no?

  • -In Britain, we're taping our big Christmas show this week,

  • and it's good.

  • We got George Clooney on it.

  • Viola Davis is on it.

  • -Ah! -Who else?

  • -Fantastic. -Michael Sheen, David Tennant.

  • It's a good one, yeah.

  • -Well, I love your Christmas shows,

  • and I also love, just, Christmas music in the U.K.,

  • I think is almost better than American music for me.

  • -No.

  • -Well, there are songs that I love.

  • I mean, "Do They Know It's Christmas," Band Aid, I'll take.

  • -Beautiful. -I mean, yeah.

  • But I will take Slade.

  • I think there's --

  • ♪ I wish it could be Christmas every day

  • Yeah, I like that one. -Yes.

  • That's my favorite song growing up. I loved it.

  • -Really? I love that song.

  • It's not big in America at all.

  • -Oh, it's great.

  • -I like "Can You Stop the Cavalry?"

  • I like Cliff Richard.

  • "Mistletoe and Wine."

  • I wanted to do something -- I know Cliff Richard

  • is not on the show, but I'm assuming he has been.

  • -Yes. -I would like to sing

  • a little bit of that song for you if that's okay.

  • -[ Laughs ] -I'll be right back.

  • -That's delightful. -I got to put

  • my own wardrobe on. Okay, okay.

  • I'm getting changed now.

  • -Do people in America know who Cliff Richard is?

  • -We -- No, not really.

  • He had one giant hit here.

  • And I forget -- Did he do a duet with Olivia Newton-John?

  • Or no.

  • -He did "Wired for Sound," back in Walkman days.

  • -Uh, well....

  • Let me see if I got this on right.

  • So, I wanted to do this part.

  • I like "Mistletoe and Wine,"

  • but I didn't want to do the...

  • I didn't want to Cliff Richard's part.

  • So I want to do the choir boy at the end...

  • -[ Laughs ]

  • -...who sings --

  • I want to make sure I have the right key.

  • You can, again -- Let me make sure I have the right --

  • It's not even recognizing my face.

  • That's how awful this is. -[ Laughs ]

  • -Alright, here we go. Alright.

  • ♪ [ High-pitched voice ] Christmas time

  • Mistletoe and wine

  • Children singing Christian rhyme

  • With logs on the fire

  • And gifts on the tree

  • ♪ A time to rejoice in the good that we see

  • [ Normal voice ] Graham Norton, everybody.

  • "The Graham Norton Show" airs

  • Fridays at 11:00 p.m. on BBC America.

-My next guest has won countless awards

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