A highlight from Graham Norton


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Has Douglas been snoring. Yes. I remember you did our podcast and you were talking about your mom and it was really moving and lovely. And then you could just hear this. Crying. He was so wonderful. And I don't think it was empathy. I don't think he was going, oh, miss driver. Miss drivers speaking so movingly. I think he's just thinking, I'm bored. I want out of this room. Oh, let me out. What's happening? I remember your word by that. It's so funny. I like dog interruptions very much. It seemed quite disrespectful. I think that's entirely in keeping with dogs. Hello, I'm Minnie Driver. Welcome to the mini questions season two. I've always loved priests questionnaire. It was originally a 19th century parlor game where players would ask each other 35 questions aimed at revealing the other player's true nature. It's just the scientific method really in asking different people the same set of questions. You can make observations about which truths appear to be universal. I love this discipline and it made me wonder, what if these questions were just the jumping off point? What greater depths would be revealed if I asked these questions as conversation starters with thought leaders and trailblazers across all these different disciplines. So I adapted Proust questionnaire and I wrote my own 7 questions that I personally think are pertinent to a person's story. They are. When and where were you happiest? What is the quality you like least about yourself? What relationship real or fictionalised defines love for you? What question would you most like answered? What person place or experience has shaped you the most? What would be your last meal? And can you tell me something in your life that's grown out of a personal disaster? And I've gathered a group of really remarkable people, ones that I am honored and humbled to have had the chance to engage with. You may not hear their answers to all 7 of these questions. We've whittled it down to which questions felt closest to their experience or the most surprising or created the most fertile ground to connect. My guest today is the polymorphous wonder that is Graham Norton. Graham is perhaps best known for his chat show the Graham Norton show. For the 8 books he has written for the radio shows he presents in the UK and on and on and on because the thing for me that makes him so known is this extraordinary wit and spirit that just runs through every single thing he does. I can't tell you how many times I've been on his show over the years, but it's quite a few and I will tell you that chapters can really be a bit uphill. But I long to go on his show because I have never laughed so much in my life. After you've listened to this episode of my podcast, please just Google funny race horse names, the Graham Norton show, and you will see me genuinely crying with laughter at the hands of a merciless Graham. It's quite hard to become a national treasure in the UK, but Graham is one, and everyone knows it. I always feel better for having talked to him and this interview right now proved to be no different at all. Where and when were you happiest? I do know this, but I always kind of think I remember when I was a kid, there was a peanuts cartoon. I loved peanuts when I was a kid. But it's kind of weirdly deep for kids. I think it's Charlie Brown and Lucy, maybe talking, trying to balance someone else talking, somebody saying, you know, in every life, one day will be happier than all the other days. On the other little child is going yes. And then the first child goes, what if you've had it? And as a child, you know, that sort of blew me away. Because that's just seemed the saddest thing in the world that if you're 11 and you've had your happiest day, the rest of your life is lived out not as good as that. So I think you've got to live your life assuming your happiest days to come. I think that's very smart. Oh my God, it's so existential peanuts, isn't it? Yeah. That is so deep for a little children's cartoon. And it hit me to my core. That just seemed like meaning of life level of revelation. Happiest day might have happened. The answer to your question is I had a wedding weekend this summer in Ireland. Your wedding. My wedding. Yes, my wedding. We got married already, but we had this weekend. And you know, there were party planners and there was this going to happen. This is going to happen. People were flying in. But of course, then the airports were all messed up, COVID was still around. You know, I picked these party planners basically out of the phonebook. So they're telling me, oh yeah, we'll do this and you're thinking, I hope you do, because I have no idea. Anyway, the weekend could not have gone better. We got amazing weather. The moment I was happiest was with my husband just as the party was drawing to the close, on the Sunday. Where we were surrounded by our friends still, it was a beautiful night, the lights were all in the trees, the music was playing. And it was just, I didn't need to worry about how the whole weekend was going to go anymore. I didn't need to worry about the catering or the performers or the weather or people getting there. In that little, probably 15 minutes at the end. I could just be happy. In that little tail end of all the anxiousness and the planning, I felt supremely content and loved and loving and all those good things. And all the anxiety and the worry actually qualifies and probably has a huge amount to do with how happy

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