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Without a doubt, Graham Norton is the funniest comedian that England has
seen for a long, long time! I am an absolute major fan of Graham and his
hilarious chat show, entitled So Graham Norton, which is one of the most
popular TV programmes on Channel 4.
I tape his show every Friday evening and watch them over and over! I have even been lucky enough to see two episodes being filmed live in London - I was in the front row for the one with Sir Elton John and Kim Wilde, and near the back for the Sophia Loren/Ben Fogle show! Graham has also sent me a fabulous signed photo, enscribed "For Barnaby, So Much Love! Graham Norton"
The Best of So Graham Norton is a video and DVD of some of Graham's funniest, rudest and shockingly unforgettable moments from Series 1, 2 & 3. It begins with a compilation of "Stand up/Sit down" moments with the audience, who confess unbelievable things on national television, the most infamous being "you must have a bucket" Rachel, who admits to being in great pain after having sex with a well-hung man!
Next, we get a compilation of Graham's celebrity guests - classic moments include Sharon Gless admitting she was terrified when a British customs lady at Heathrow told her how brave she was to be doing Graham's show!
Many of the outrageous websites that Graham just loves to show his celebrity guests are in, including Carrie Fisher's favourite - "Morman Masturbation Prevention"! And yes, even those unforgettable phone calls to crazy Americans - Joan Collins gets to telephone Keith, the guy with a glove fetish who adored her glove-wearing Alexis in Dynasty!
There are so many brilliant moments, it is impossible for me to list them all here!
For all fans in the UK who love So Graham Norton, you MUST buy The Best of So Graham Norton on DVD (which also has a funny six minute interview with Graham himself, who reveals all on the mysterious pensioner Betty, who is in the front row every week, and lets us know how much he wants Dolly Parton to come on - she did, in Series 4, and she was fantastic!), you'll absolutely love it.
For all of you in America, I sincerely hope So Graham Norton gets a TV slot in the States soon. I don't know if you'll adore him as much as us Brits do, but if Anne Robinson of The Weakest Link can become a phenomenon in the States, then so should Graham Norton!
It's not often that one person may be simultaneously both lovely and rude, but Graham Norton's natural, light-hearted, and frank hilarity seamlessly melds the two. This collection of clips from some of his earlier shows may be best suited to those who have spent at least some time in England (or don't mind not recognizing all of the guests), and are not too easily offended by casually raunchy material. I find him refreshing and so, so funny, but I wouldn't recommend him to, say, my parents. If you are American, you may want to watch the new compilation (also titled "The Best of So Graham Norton"), which will be easier to find in the US and promises to have more American guests (although I have not yet seen it myself).
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