Monday, June 06, 2016

Male on Monday - Matt LeBlanc

Pink Heart Society editor, Ali Williams, is talking about her renewed appreciation for Matt LeBlanc...

Everyone I know is a fan of Friends.  It's a classic sitcom that is pretty much the perfect exploration of a group of...well...friends.

As a teenager, I lived and died with the characters - with Rachel and Ross' off-on-off-on-off-on relationship, with Monica and Chandler's secret affair that developed into full-blown marriage, with every different version of Smelly Cat, and with Joey's ever undulating love-life.

And Matt LeBlanc was brilliant in it.  Playing Joey Tribbiani, he was funny, charming and genuinely a very sweet character.

So when we think of Matt, that's the first thing that comes to mind, but there's much more to him than that - especially in the last couple of years with his unexpected foray into British television! 

It started with Episodes, a quirky comedy about two British writers who move to the States to recreate their sitcom for an American audience.  LeBlanc plays an over-the-top parody of himself beautifully, in a performance that is both self-mocking and surprisingly moving in places.

But the biggest surprise has been his new role on the newly-revamped Top Gear.

For those of you who are not in the know, Top Gear is a British televised car show where the hosts do increasingly daring and stupid challenges, in an attempt to one up each other. The previous three hosts, whilst not universally beloved, made very entertaining television, so when scandal broke and left the show host-less, the country was dying to know who'd take up the mantle.

Who are the main two hosts?  Car-fanatic and radio DJ Chris Evans (who, after having seen the first episode, I'm still not convinced by) and Matt LeBlanc.

My partner and I curled up on the sofa to watch the first episode last week, all prepared to hate it and complain voraciously about all the changes.  It wasn't so bad:  the changes didn't annoy me as I thought I would; they still kept the Stig; and they introduced a rally car segment which was pretty fun.

But the best thing about the entire show was Matt LeBlanc.

He's absolutely hysterical.  Short, sarcastic one-liners, when faced with the bizarre nature of this very British programme, and an unwavering determination to get through some horrific British weather, made him the star of the show.

Have you seen the new Top Gear?  Are you a fan of Matt as a host?  Let Ali know in the comments!

Ali Williams grew up in Croydon and spent her teenage years in a convent girls’ school. She then fled to university where she discovered champagne cocktails, a capella singing and erotica.

These days she blogs about perceptions of romance, chick lit and women in society and spends the rest of her time promoting #StrongRomanceHeroines on Twitter, and cracking on with her first novel, Breakfast in Tunford.

Editor for the Pink Heart Society, guest blogger for Mills & Boon and Harper Impulse, and occasional columnist for For Books' Sake, she defies you to slam romance novels within her hearing!

1 comment:

  1. He's definitely the best thing about Top Gear. In fact he's the only reason I'm still watching.