Thursday 2nd May 2019
Brighton's Komedia venue - which has hosted many a comedy show over the years - is celebrating its 25th birthday. Here's some vintage brochure entries featuring comedians.
Working from home has done nothing to dent Graham Norton's chat juggernaut and the calibre of guests (confirmed nearer to showtime) is as A-list as ever. One of the highlights of Norton's video interviews is that you get to see the celebrities' houses, while the lo-fi musical performances are equally disarming.Hannah Verdier, The Guardian, 1st May 2020
How long can "live" shows, especially those allegedly based on wit, survive video-calling and self-isolation? Graham Norton seems to work, chiefly because he's good, and talking one to one, with decent guests, and pauses before question and answer. Plus, he gets to mull on the concept of his own show, the big red chair being designed to let "ordinary" people tell their own "stories": "That's the concept anyway. In practice, it's usually New Zealanders telling how they shat themselves."Euan Ferguson, The Observer, 26th April 2020
Twenty-five years ago today, a phenomenon burst upon our television screens. The first showing of Father Ted on Channel 4 brought us the strange and very, very funny world of Craggy Island and its trio of priests with their housekeeper.Martin Hannan, The National, 21st April 2020
The Graham Norton Show returned on Friday night, but this was the Coronavirus version. The guests were onscreen at home and there was no studio audience. No studio in fact. Norton conjured one up through the magic of television. But apart from that there wasn't much magic on display.Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 11th April 2020
It is comforting to see that it's business as usual for Norton's chat juggernaut as he welcomes virtual guests to his sofa for the 27th series. The lovable presenter is filming at home and in this even more relaxed format, the stars will keep the stories coming over a few glasses of wine.Hannah Verdier, The Guardian, 10th April 2020
He is one of the BBC's biggest stars and loved all over the nation. But Graham Norton has reportedly sparked fears that he may be leaving his presenting role on the BBC after being offered a job with Netflix.Isabella Nikolic, Mail on Sunday, 8th March 2020