‘ What’s weird is that now I’ve become the rants’ ranty guy. People look forward to my
“I’VE never sat down and thought, ‘Right, I’m going to start doing rants on this show’ ( The Last Leg). I kind of went on one, and I got a good response.
A few weeks later I let rip with another one … suddenly you’ve got the channel saying every week, ‘We need a rant, we need a rant!’ I’m not going to manufacture something if I’m not actually really annoyed.
With something like that you’ve got to be really careful that you don’t start delivering them to order. What’s weird is that now I’ve become the ranty guy. People look forward to my rants. I’m all right with it.
To be honest, I’m not sure a British person could get away with these rants. I get away with it because I’m an Aussie, and they think I’m uncultured.
On The Last Leg, we’ve covered Gaza, Ebola, Syria, Robin Williams dying, Joan Rivers dying. With this series, we thought, ‘What could possibly go wrong?’ And then there was Charlie Hebdo … It happened Friday, and we were on air Friday night, literally four hours after the whole hostage situation unfolded in Paris. So we were rewriting the show while we were watching the news.
You can’t just wing it; you really have to put a lot of thought into what you’re saying on air. But we had to cover it, especially considering it was an attack on a satirical magazine. It was a question of what can you laugh at, and what is out of bounds.
And as it turned out, we had a lot of people tuning in on Friday night. We are almost becoming a kind of go-to show for people to make sense of it all. We try to find some levity in it without mocking what went on. I still have moments where I think, ‘When did I become the responsible mouthpiece of British television?’
The Adam Grieves Tumblr account … that was a weird week. It started with Fiona O’Loughlin calling me out for writing something nice about Joan Rivers. Thankfully that week I was actually filming a pilot for another show on Channel 4, so I was busy enough that I didn’t get too bogged down with what was going on Twitter. A lot of people tend to write ‘in memoriams’ whenever someone passes away. And because I was on Spicks and Specks, there’s a good chance that many of them were on the show at some point. I almost feel a duty to write something nice about them.”
THE LAST LEG 9.30PM, WEDNESDAY, ABC