Good presentation. Jonathan Ross is very enthusiastic in his Home Guard uniform - much more than the Reverend and Verger when they joined the platoon. Pamela likes to get a word or two in as well! Nice touch at the end when Jimmy and David received their framed photos.
Post by Alan Hayes on Jan 10, 2021 22:10:17 GMT 12
Jonathan Ross, for all his high profile, is actually at heart a massive fan of pop culture and as such, was a good choice to front a documentary like this. He has an interest in the subject matter and the comparison with Terry Wogan is key - he always seemed to be an outsider looking in. (Charming though Terry was.)
I think the problem with chat shows is that they've become this sort of thing where the host is the star - Ross, Letterman, Norton, etc - and that's why Wogan developed this on-screen personality that just felt false to me. The best chat show hosts, as you say, the likes of Parkinson and Aspel, were good interviewers with no pretensions that without the guests there would be no show.
For the record, I also like your chat show choices and find Norton's show very watchable too.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 11, 2021 16:13:04 GMT 12
Yes that is totally it. Now chat show hosts seem to get the role because they are already stars as comedians, so they are used to the focus being on them and they want to make it about themselves.
I actually think Letterman did it right, he was a genuinely funny comedian and was also a very good, intelligent interviewer, who was very likeable. Norton falls into the same category.
Some, like Wogan and Ross, seem to think they should be funnier and more interesting than the guests and they fail.
I am a fan of Stephen Colbert too, but it is very interesting how different his style has been forced to become without a live audience. The same too with Jimmy Kimmel. With his audience he's great, without it the whole thing lacks something. I think this is a symptom of modern sitcoms too where they record without a live audience and add the laughter later, they are flat as the live spark is missing.
Good evening guys, I cannot join in on your discussions on talkshow hosts; here in Holland its not much better. The shows seem to center all around the host (who is then catapulted into stardom)and the choice of guests is...well lets say you don't really have to have accomplished something nowadays in order to become "famous". Perhaps I am getting too old but I will never understand why bloggers, vloggers and "influencers" get such big stages nowadays..beats me..