Ass claps, vegemite, a snippet of the Entourage & Friends Porn Parody, Jerry Ferrara’s porn name (which by the way is Titanic Bath), Kathy Griffith flashing and a giggling Lisa Kudrow, made up Rove McManus’ comeback show Rove LA.
It’s been 2 years since Rove Live ended. Rove Live was fun when it started but was getting stale when it ended. It’s like the break, and move from Melbourne to LA, has done Rove good, he has his mojo back. Rove LA feels fresh and is fun to watch.
Rove is relaxed, and looks like he enjoys what he’s doing. As a result so are his guests, which in his first show were Jerry Ferrara, Kathy Griffith and Lisa Kudrow.
I like the fact that all of the guests are on together for the duration of the show. Instead of being a straight one on one interview, it feels more like Rove is having a catch up with them in his living room, resulting in many off the cuff moments, rather than the rehearsed sound bites we are used to hearing from guests on a talk show.
One of the things that I admire about Rove, is that even though he likes getting the laughs, he is happy to let the guests talk and get the laughs. Rove gets that it’s the guests that audiences want to hear from – not just him. He is there as someone who facilitates the conversation, makes it flow, and even makes us laugh.
Rove LA isn’t all informal. There are structured bits like “Getting to Know You”, “3 Leading Questions” and the “Random Question Hat”. There is also a pre-recorded segment, which on this show, was an amusing “Excotica Expo” piece.
Recorded in front of a live studio audience, there is a warm feeling to this show. Rove LA is genuinely funny and an entertaining 60 minutes, and for all the Rove fans – he still wants you to “say hi to your mum” for him. I’ll definitely do that, and will be back for more next week, when his guests will be Steve Carell, Hugh Jackman and Project Runway’s Tim Gunn.
If you missed Rove LA this week you can catch him every Tuesday in Ireland/UK on E! at 10pm and on Mondays in Australia on Fox 8.