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Alan Carr 'Chatty Man' interview: 'My nerves cause flatulence issues'

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You name it, chances are Alan Carr has done it. From holding a sell-out arena tour to hosting a critically acclaimed chatshow, the 35-year-old comedian is one of the country's most sought-after personalities. Preparing for the eighth series of his Channel 4 hit Chatty Man, Digital Spy caught up with Alan to talk guests, awards, Moira Stewart and rehab.

Read on to find out what Alan had to say!

Alan Carr on This Morning

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How does it feel to be preparing for your eighth series of Chatty Man?
"I know, I can't believe it! It's just flown by. Is it the eighth or ninth now?! It's amazing - who would have thought it? I knew it was good, but I really didn't think it would last so long. I'm so pleased it did."

I remember being at the pilot episode recording back in 2009...
"Oh my God, the awful one where I said thank you Ronnie Barker instead of Ronnie Corbett! I still cringe about that to this day. When your pilot starts like that... well, if someone had told me then that we'd be on series eight, I'd have slapped them around the face!"

Did you ever expect it to go on to be the award-winning success that it is now?
"Listen, yeah, it was a shock, but when I got that TV Choice last year and the National Television Award this year; that just knocked... well, you saw how I reacted! I really didn't think I'd get it. I was getting ready to do my bitter face, you know, when Graham Norton or Jonathan Ross walks up there. It was such a weird moment, because I'm so not cool under pressure - as you saw on Million Pound Drop - and then you suddenly came down and realise you're at the O2 in front of all your peers. It's just nice to get a pat on the back."

Do you still find it strange being nominated alongside Jonathan, after your time working as a warm-up on his chatshow?
"Oh I know, yeah, I learned so much doing that. I was his warm-up for two years. Jonathan is cheeky, but he perseveres. That's one of the things I noticed, because when you get these Hollywood stars, he does break them down. He's relentless until they just give in and start laughing. I did learn a lot from his technique as well. It was the best gig in town!"

Are you happy with the format you have now, or can we expect any changes?
"Well last year it got a bit... you know, Cooking with GaGa! It's sort of going a bit - look, I like all that. It's a bit different and it brings the guests out of their shell a bit more than normal. Taking them out of their comfort zone is good."

Do you worry about topping moments such as Cooking with GaGa or drunk Alesha Dixon?
"I did feel, 'Where can we go from here?'. GaGa's chicken alla Milanese was a highlight. But I just think, not only did we get good guests last series, we got guests that you don't normally see or get to talk to - from Justin Timberlake to Liam Gallagher. They are not chatshow fodder that you see on all the time. Genuinely, it was a real coup. A few more like that would be good - we could end up with Kate Bush and Lord Lucan on next!"

Lady GaGa

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Alan Carr - The 'Spexy Beast' comedian is celebrating his 35th birthday on Tueday.

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You've mentioned wanting Kate Bush on before, is this going to happen?
"I would love to have her on, but she'd never do it. We'd never get her. I'm a huge fan. Well, you never know, she might want to plug that Snow album that she did!

So who would be your dream line-up for a single episode?
"It's got to be Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. I was in LA a few months ago, and I missed her by five minutes in the restaurant. I could have done that old favourite of knocking my handbag on the floor, and going, 'Oh Angelina! Chatty Man, come on Chatty Man!" [laughs]. We've got a crèche so she can bring all her kids with her!"

Is it big enough?
"Oh I know, we might need to build an extension!"

How involved are you in guest selection?
"I've got my guest wishlist which I hand in. I read all the books and everything [being promoted]. You have to - if they're coming on, it's the least you can do. It's not like it's Jordan - she's not even read the bloody book herself! If it's the people who have genuinely written it, I will read it."

Do you get nervous when you're about to interview?
"I'm always nervous, every time. I'm a born worrier. I always think something is going to happen, like, someone will set fire to the Lambrini and the set will burn down. I'm always pacing up and down, and having flatulence problems. But if you start getting complacent and boring, I think it shows. There's so much competition, you know, with Graham and Jonathan, that I'm just pleased people are on and have chosen to come on my show, do you know what I mean?"

Alan Carr: Chatty Man

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Madonna, Graham Norton, The Graham Norton Show

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You missed out on Madonna recently...
"Oh I know! I texted Graham [Norton] and said I was 'well jel'. I'd love to have had her on. I'm a big fan, but I've probably taken the p*ss out of her big arms too many times. I don't think she's one to sit there and worry about what I'm saying!"

Did you watch Graham's interview?
"Yeah! Someone [I know] was actually at the recording of the show and said that there were a few eggy bits at the beginning, where she was trying to find the right light to look good. But I think it got the most out of her that you could probably get out of her. She's been in the business 30 years now, she's seen everyone come and go. I think she'd probably eat me for breakfast!"

Well you've had GaGa on Chatty Man!
"Oh God, you're not of those people who is like, 'GAGA!' are you?! I love both! I don't want any dog s**t through my letterbox from Little Monsters!"

Piers Morgan has imposed a ban on Madonna - would you ever do that to someone?
"Oh I saw that on Twitter; Move on for God's sake! Anyone can come in! It's an honour to have anyone come on your show. Even if they are plugging something, it's nice to have them come on, isn't it?"

Congratulations on your recent TRIC Award...
"Oh yeah, that was just amazing. I was up against Ant & Dec, Graham Norton... all people I'm a fan off. I was sitting there thinking, 'Oh, I'm not going to win'. And then I looked around and saw that none of the other people were there!"

Alan Carr with National Television Award

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Alan Carr Chatty Man promo

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Alan Carr



Are you implying that certain people like Peter Andre were only there because they had won?
"How rude! [laughs] But I got to meet Moira Stewart, it was wonderful!"

You should get Moira on Chatty Man
"Oh why not! I'm a huge fan of her newsreading days! She should do Celebrity Come Dine With Me. I'd meet her on there I reckon."

Why have you not done that yet?
"The trouble with Celebrity Come Dine With Me is, and I would love to do it, but only if it was like, Rihanna's house or GaGa's house. You don't want Wolf from Gladiator sitting opposite you while enjoying his Crème brûlée. You want to be like, 'GaGa, I'm just off to the loo', and then have a nosey in her bedroom!"

Do you pay much attention to what critics are saying?
"Not really. I know if I'm involved in something that is a turkey. I'm not delusional enough to be all, 'Oh it's wonderful. La, la, la'. You have a gut instinct. A lot of it is crap. I mean, I remember Friday Night Project was being axed after every episode. Then we got to series 10 and had a couple of Bafta nominations! Then they stopped saying it. Chatty Man, for the first three, was going to be axed. A close friend of Alan Carr's was saying he was depressed and couldn't leave the house - that close friend is such a gossip! Now on series nine, it sort of speaks for itself."

Do you miss the Friday/Sunday Night Project
"It's funny, I do miss it. I did my Alan Carr's New Year Specstacular and doing all the sketches with all the guests really made me reminisce more about it. I'm glad me and Justin [Lee Collins] ended it when we did, as it was getting... Well, all the budgets were getting cut and everything. We couldn't afford to give a prize away at the end, and certain guests we couldn't get. So we decided, 'Let's leave it while people are still affectionate'. I did enjoy my Specstacular, and it did make me think of the good old days. I'll always have a soft spot for Friday Night Project - it's what started everything off."

Will Alan Carr's New Year Specstacular be returning?
"It's already coming back for New Year's Eve! But I'm also doing a Jubilee special and an Olympics special. So just look out your window and you'll see me running past in my Lycra, carrying the Olympic torch or something!"

Alan Carr in Spexy Beast
Alan Carr in Heat Magazine

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Project ran for ten series, Chatty Man looks like it will easily do similar - do you have a career plan?
"It's weird. It's all come a bit too quickly! To get your own chatshow, with your name in the title, my arena tour last year - that was another goal for me - I got my own radio show, again with my name in the title... Apart from rehab, there isn't really much on my to-do list!"

And when do you hope to have achieved that?
"At the end of the day, looking at the amount of interviews I've got to do! [laughs]"

Did the 'Spexy Beast' tour fulfil your urge to do stand-up again?
"Oh yes! With stand-up, it's that buzz - especially in an arena! Some nights I got a standing ovation - having a whole arena stand on its feet... I just couldn't believe it. It really made me realise that I do love stand-up. You can say what you want, well within reason obviously, no advert breaks, no-one in your ear telling you what to do. It's very liberating, I love it!"

What prompted your decision to quit the Radio 2 show?
"Do you know what, and I feel ready bad saying it, but it was only two hours on a Saturday. I missed my brother's 35th, my dad's 65th, and I was late for my brother's wedding. Radio 2 very kindly gave me three months off to do my 'Spexy Beast' tour, so I was forever grateful, but everything happens on a Saturday! Stag do's, weddings..."

X Factor!
"[laughs] And X Factor! But you know what I mean? I couldn't give them 100%, and I was absolutely gutted to leave. But it's for the best. And you know what it's like with fame... it's weird, when you get there, you get your books, your radio... everything's thrown at you in a short space of time. I'm sure, when things quieten down for me, Radio Northampton or some pirate station will give me a little tinkle and I'll go back on like a shot!"

Alan Carr's Chatty Man returns, with guests including Tulisa, The Saturdays and Jimmy Carr, at 10pm on Friday on Channel 4.

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