The Graham Norton Show returns for an all-new episode this Saturday, May 23 at 10/9c, on BBC AMERICA. But while not everyone on Graham Norton‘s couch this week is British, they are all favorites across the Atlantic.
Over 30 years, Australian-born Kylie Minogue has become a global icon and an immigrant national treasure in Britain, from her ’80s days on the Aussie soap Neighbours to her pop music career, all the way to her appearance alongside David Tennant in Doctor Who‘s “Voyage of the Damned” Christmas special. The singer/actress is busy with both sides of her career these days, headlining shows with Grace Jones and Chic and starring in the summer disaster flick San Andreas with Dwayne Johnson.
You may know that a “stag do” and a “hen do” are the British versions of a bachelor and bachelorette party, but in this clip from The Graham Norton Show, Ms. Minogue learns what a “hag do” is:
And while Brandon Flowers might hail from small-town Nevada and Utah, he’s clearly been steeped in British music, as evidenced by the glam rock of his internationally successful band The Killers. Flowers is out with his second solo album, The Desired Effect, and a new single, “We Can Change.”
There are two born-and-bred Brits on this week’s couch: Simon Pegg and comedian Michael McIntyre. Pegg, of course, is a U.S. household name, with his Edgar Wright–Nick Frost comedy collaborations Spaced, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz leading to major parts in the blockbuster Star Trek and Mission: Impossible franchises. Currently, Pegg is promoting the rom-com Man Up, in which he plays a man who mistakenly picks up the wrong woman (Lake Bell) as his blind date. Oddly, instead of protesting, the woman goes along with it:
McIntyre, however, might not be as well known stateside, but his work as a stand-up comic has won him millions of fans in Britain. A routine at the Royal Variety Performance launched his career in 2006, leading to much-heralded sets at BBC’s Live at the Apollo. Here’s an Apollo bit in which McIntyre gives voices to spices in the cupboard.
He then fronted Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, which ran from 2009 to 2011, and had a stint as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent in 2011. He is the now host of his own talk show, The Michael McIntyre Chat Show, and he recently MC’d Michael McIntyre Presents…Easter Night at the Coliseum. He can currently be seen throughout the U.K. and Ireland in his “Happy and Glorious” tour.
You can also see him on Graham Norton this weekend, acting out a very literal version of a “blind date” for fellow guests Minogue and Pegg while also being educated on the dating apps Tinder and Grindr:
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