2000

Talk Shows

Here I am on Regis and Kathie Lee plugging The Flinstones movie, except Regis was off and it's Howie Mandel instead.

Then there's a compilation with several interviews including an appearance on The Conan O'Brien Show when I hosted Saturday Night Live and other items about The Flinstones and God, the Devil and Bob,

Then I'm plugging Titus on MTV's Hot Zone, Regis and Kathie Lee again (though it's Regis' wife Joy instead of Kathie Lee -  do you sense a pattern here?), something from The Flinstones on Fox 11



Webby Awards

I was the host of the 2000 Webby Awards, the oscars of the internet. And boy, what a swanky affair it was. This was at the height of the internet bubble and there was a feeling of great and lavish confidence. Then of course, the bubble burst.

I hosted the awards the following year too, but they were not so lavish, and there was a feeling of contriteness and lots of jokes about former internet entrpeneurs becoming yoga teachers.  Also, to illustrate the lack of lavishness, the guy who booked me for the 2001 awards ran off with my cash and still owes me a sizeable sum.



Saturday Night Live

I hosted Saturday Night Live in February of 2000.

OMFG. Talk about scary!! Not just that you have so little time to rehearse and there are new bits of sketches right up until transmission, not just that it is LIVE, but also because it is such a landmark thing to do, to host SNL! I stopped telling people I was going to do it because their reactions made me feel even more nervous. But I loved it. It was such an adrenaline rush, and I had all my New York friends in the front row of the balcony cheering me on. Plus I got to say 'Jennifer Lopez is in the house!' and 'Give it up for Jennifer Lopez!' which made me very happy.

There were some hilarious sketches.  I took part in the regular ones like Dog Show and The Culps with Will Ferrell and Ana Gasteyer, and also did a Lennon/McCartney fast food fantasy with Jimmy Fallon, a Siegfried and Roy one with Chris Kattan, and a Home Shopping Network segment on sunburned dolls with the amazing Ana.


1999

Talk Shows

I made my first ever appearance on the Conan O'Brien show to promote Cabaret.

And then here I am back later that year plugging Titus, much less nervous.

Then Metroguide (with the 'sex symbol' question), and a documentary my friend Emma made for Channel 4 in the UK about fame, entitled Starstruck, followed by me discussing my friend Geri Haliwell on Behind the Music!

Then here I am back in the UK on Ruby Wax's show, and then me plugging Annie on a very early show in LA (and I had been up all night! Sssh!)

Then plugging Plunkett and Macleane on Today in New York, and Annie on Conan and Martin Short


1998

Kennedy Center Honors

Kander and Ebb were being honored at the 1998 Kennedy Center Honors and I was asked to take part in the presentation in their honor, directed by Rob Marshall. It was me, Joel Grey, Bebe Neuwirth, Chita Rivera and Liza Minnelli! Not bad company!

I felt completely out of my depth.  I remember in rehearsals Liza trying to teach me how to do that funny shoulder thing she does in New York, New York (which was the finale of the presentation) and not being able to grasp it and Liza saying 'Oh darling, just make it your own!'

I was still performing Cabaret on Broadway and they wouldn't let me have the Sunday matinee off so I had to rush to the airport right after the show and fly to D.C. and of course I missed the plane I was supposed to get, so by the time I got there I was late and there were Secret Service men waiting to get me when the plane door opened.  I was driven so fast, in a car with a siren on top of it, and drivers were literally driving off the road to get out of our way as we passed. The thing is you have to get into a building before the president arrives cos once he gets there the doors are all locked. I was opening the entire show so it was kind of important to get me there that fast! We made it in the nick of time, but the entire experience was utterly surreal.

Afterwards at the party I met Henry Kissinger and we had our picture taken. I had it made into a christmas card and it said 'Love and Peace, Love Alan and Henry'!



Talk shows

Here is a reel of interviews and appearances about Cabaret, on CNN Showbiz Tonight, NY1, The Late Show with David Letterman, Fox's Judith Regan Show (my Mum appears!) and the Rosie O'Donnell show, which had to have a PG rating because of our performance of Wilkommen!! And finally CBS' Morning Show.

Also there is the Broadway Beat special on the show.

Also here's me discussing my experiences in Cabaret with Charlie Rose...

And here is Launching the Tony's 98


1997

Talk shows/awards

I went on Light Lunch and 5's Company to talk about the Spice Girls movie, amongst other things, then here I am on Mariella Frostrup's show to promote Romy and Michele's High School Reunion.

Next, I popped over the Irish Sea to Belfast to appear on Kenny Live, then I gave a gong to the lovely Judi Dench at the Scottish BAFTAs and rounded up the year with an appearance on This Morning, which showed a clip of Forbes Masson and I guesting on the show in 1995 as our flight attendants from The High Life.

Finally a short-lived MTV talk show Oddville.


1996

The Travel Show: Palm Springs

In a gap from shooting Romy and Michele's High School Reunion in Los Angeles, I went with my then girlfriend, Saffron Burrows, to Palm Springs to shoot a report for the BBC Travel Show.


1995

The Travel Show: Hong Kong

The BBC asked me to go to Hong Kong with a bunch of travel agents and report back for their Travel Show.



Have I Got News For You

This was one of the first of these sort of celeby game shows I had ever done and I remember being very nervous. Also these shows are always quite scary because you feel you have to spend the entire week leading up to them committing to memory every morcel of every newspaper as though you are studying for your finals at university.

I was also very excited because Dolce and Gabbana had sent me a suit to wear.

I had worked with Paul Merton at various benefits and shows when he was doing his stand up act and I was doing Victor and Barry. He is really nice and very funny