I had the good fortune to be invited to The Jonathan Ross Show on someone else’s free ticket last week, where I got to experience being a member of a studio audience for the first time. There are a few things you may not know if you’ve never had the pleasure of being part of a studio audience, such as:
- Jonathan Ross vapes. Heavily.
- Adequate clapping takes a surprising amount of practice
- The filming process is about 3 times as long as the show itself (a LOT is cut out)
- Celebrities are weird
One of the weird celebrities we had the pleasure of meeting was Carrie Fisher, also commonly known as Princess Leia (apparently people actually call her that when they saw her in the streets). You may have bumped into her at the end of last year, whether you watch Stars Wars or not, as she had a bit of a Twitter fit over being told she had aged badly. For someone who actually went through the correct era for the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll phase, I’d say she came out looking pretty good on the other side.
She was probably what Jonathan would have considered to be a terrible guest (there was a very unsettling story about her father and Princess Margaret), but to the audience she was an awkward diamond in the rough. She may have taken a minute (or two, or five) to get a sentence out, and she may have evaded a few questions – she hints at a coulda-woulda-shoulda relationship with Harrison Ford – but she thoroughly entertaining every second.
She was a tornado of eccentricity as soon as she hit the stage; she cuddled with Russel Howard, lay erotically across the laps of the England rugby team, drank out of her shoe, and never apologised once. She wasn’t one drop professional or rehearsed, and she was positively hilarious throughout. She was also very honest. I wasn’t expecting her to be so open about her party-girl, drug-filled past, but, as she put it, it was all in the past, and helped shape who she is today. You kind of understand why the producers don’t tell her anything, or give her any responsibilities whatsoever. She did read some lines for us though, and that’s really where you got to see the star in her – the switch from cooky auntie to trained actress was instantaneous. As was the switch back.
She was basically one of those middle-aged ladies whose lived her life to the fullest, doesn’t give a shit anymore, makes everyone else in the room feel awkward, but is perfectly happy being crazy, and perfectly contented in her wild ways. She’s everything I want to be when I reach 59.
And her dog was cute too. (I feel like he’d know if he didn’t get a mention)