Alain Chabat: "I rotted them well...", his secrets about the guests of his Late Show

On American television, the Late Shows are institutions already embodied by Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien, James Corden… Crazy about this concept, Alain Chabat takes it up in turn, from Monday to Friday at 10:55 p.m. on TF1.

What did you borrow from the Late Shows and what is your touch in this new concept for TF1?

Alain Chabat: We kept the monologue from the start (from the presenter, editor’s note), the audience, a set made up of a desk and armchairs with a view of a city at night in the back and then the guests who come to play the game. Our touch is our tone and the writing of sketches.

Does the spirit of Dummies hover over this program?

There are fake ads but no fake news and it’s not written by Dummies. From the pen of the authors of Burger Quiz (Max Chabat, Dan Andreï, Cyril Cohen, Benoît Oullion), it will be different. We want to offer a show where we laugh, where there is live music with M, Catherine Ringer, Etienne Daho, Orelsan, Angèle…

Are Chantal Lauby and Dominique Farrugia on board?

Of course, they’re going to come and mess around just like Jean Dujardin, Jean-Pascal Zadi, Laurent Lafitte, Monica Bellucci, Edouard Baer, ​​Marina Foïs, Patrick Timsit, Stéfi Celma, Lena Situations… They were all very cool to accept because I told them at the last minute. The recordings took place during All Saints’ Day. I ruined their holidays for them!

Since when did you dream of a Late Show?

I offered it to Ara Aprikian (deputy managing director of TF1 group content, editor’s note) about ten years ago, but there was no place every evening at the same time. He offered to work on a weekly formula but that didn’t interest me. We left it at that until the soccer World Cup came around and that slot existed for ten days. Ara Aprikian called me back this summer. At that time, I didn’t have a minute to myself because I was working on Asterix, my animated series for Netflix, but the teams understood that this project was close to my heart. They moved the schedules so that I could do it. I was able to say yes to TF1.

How does it feel to see an old dream come true?

I was not at all calm before the recordings. Now I have fun. We attack the fifth issue, we sleep little but we laugh a lot. I have the same freedom as when I was at Canal+ with benevolent, enthusiastic leaders.

When you were on Canal+, the Guignols called TF1 “trick box”

And yes, you see, everything changes. It’s funny huh, like what, against all odds… That’s what’s beautiful in life, surprises…

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