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11 of the most uncomfortable interviews of all time! (with videos)

Many dream of one day being able to mingle with the stars… But what about those times when it all goes horribly wrong? Dom Kureen takes a look at eleven of the most uncomfortable interviews of all time!

*WARNING: MOST VIDEOS CONTAIN STRONG LANGUAGE!

1. Michael Parkinson creeps out Meg Ryan

Parky’s usually affable nature seemed to desert him when he interviewed Meg Ryan on his show in 2006, with a patronising, banal line of inquisition replacing the usual charm.

Ryan seemed perplexed at what the veteran broadcaster was trying to achieve, later referring to him as a ‘nut’ and labelling it the most difficult interview she’d ever suffered.

2. Bill Grundy riles up the Sex Pistols

Visibly under the influence of several ethanol based beverages, English television presenter Bill Grundy could barely mask his contempt for ‘The Sex Pistols’ and their entourage during a segment for the ‘Today Show.’

Winding up the punk rockers from the get-go, the interview descended into two minutes of cuss words and provocation.

3.  ‘Dr. D’ David Schulz slaps John Stossel around the chops

Taking exception to what he felt was a disrespectful line of questioning, WWF wrestler David Schulz open hand slapped interviewer John Stossel twice, knocking him over with the force of the second blow.

Schulz later stated that the federation’s promoter, Vince McMahon, had sent him out with clear instructions to rough up the smug journalist, a claim refuted by the company.

4. Harry Redknapp ain’t no wheeler dealer!

Having witnessed his Tottenham Hotspur side lose to Wigan Athletic, Harry Redknapp was left fuming when Sky’s Rob Palmer labelled him a ‘wheeler dealer’ in the post-match interview, a reference to his transfer market acumen.

Redknapp didn’t see it that way and fired off a couple of f-bombs, before being persuaded to come back and conclude the conversation with the shaken interviewer in a more civilised manner.

5.  Crispin Glover goes loco on Letterman

Most famous for his role in ‘Back To The Future’, Crispin Glover appeared on  ‘The Letterman Show’ to promote ‘River’s Edge,’ his upcoming release.

Ludicrous scenes soon ensued, with the live audience and host not sure what to make of it all. Some speculated that the actor was tripping on a psychedelic drug of some sort… In actual fact he was promoting a character from another of his films – A fact that a miffed David Letterman hadn’t been made of aware of beforehand.

6. James Brown gurns and sings his way through CNN interview

Having been released on bail following serious spouse abuse charges, James Brown did an interview with Sonya Friedman for CNN’s ‘Sonya Live.’

Rapidly plummeting into a screeching, singing, slurred attempt to promote his upcoming tour, nobody was quite sure WHAT ‘Mr Dynamite’ had ingested pre-show, but he was clearly high on more than life.

7. The Bee Gees walk off Clive Anderson Talks Back

Taking umbrage to a couple of barbs from host Clive Anderson, eldest Bee Gee, Barry Gibb, became progressively more bothered throughout the interview.

The main bones of contention were probably Anderson insinuating that the band were ‘(s)hit makers,’ and making fun of their previous moniker, ‘Les Tosseurs’.

In one final awkward twist, Maurice was unable to detach his lapel mic’ and stood there tugging at his top long after his siblings had exited.

8.  BBC News interviews the wrong ‘Guy’

In May, 2006, ‘BBC News’ scheduled a live interview with internet guru Guy Kewney. When air time arrived however, they astonishingly called a completely different man, also named Guy, into the studio.

Guy Goma, a graduate from the Congo, had been waiting for a job interview when a BBC Executive mistook him for I.T buff Kewney, An uncomfortable few minutes unfolded live for the nation.

9. Mark Wahlberg gets sozzled on the Graham Norton Show

Hollywood A-lister and former boy band affiliate, Mark Wahlberg, appeared on the Graham Norton Show in early 2013, seemingly three sheets to the wind from the get-go.

Relatively composed at the start, he gradually became less coherent and seemed to have irritated fellow guest Sarah Silverman by the time the credits rolled.

10. Mike Tyson gets vulgar for no reason

Speaking to CNN’s Russ Salzberg prior to a fight against Francois Botha, ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson didn’t appear to be his cheery self, responding to mild inquisition with a string of profanities.

Tyson went on to win the bout without too many problems, but behind the scenes (not for the first time) things were falling apart at the seams.

11. David Blaine mesmerises Eamonn Holmes

Widely considered the world’s greatest illusionist, David Blaine appeared on GMTV for an interview with irritating tub of lard Eamonn Holmes.

What unfolded over the next several minutes was widely reported at the time to be Blaine under the influence of alcohol and severe sleep deprivation.

It later emerged that the trickster may have been messing with the media, a stunt that he’d been known to pull previously.

There are numerous other interviews that warrant honourable mentions, including Andy Kaufmann and Jerry Lawler’s (staged) appearance on the Letterman Show – let us know in the comments below some that you think we should have included!

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Interviews with Creative Minds. No.18+19: Callum Adams/Brooke Engledow

The 18th and 19th interviews with creative minds for www.kureen.co.uk make up one majestic podcast – in this edition Kureen speaks to philosopher Callum Adams about a range of topics and artist Brooke Engledow about pornography and spirituality.

Facebook links

Callum’s Corner

Brooke Engledow Art

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Interviews with Creative Minds. No.17: Bill Burns

After what seems like an eternity, the Creative Minds series returns for a 17th time, this time the fertile mind of Bill Burns is subject to our interrogation.

 

Links

Click here to contact Bill on Facebook

Fire Bill an Email on: billburnslive@yahoo.co.uk

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Interviews with Creative Minds. No.16: Tim Callaghan-Martin

Tim Callaghan-Martin is a name familiar to most Isle of Wight folk affiliated with the spoken word and music scenes. Despite having spent several years of his life in his beloved Stoke-on-Trent, he has become an adopted Islander, garnering at least four personal stalkers to date; only a few below the local average.


Links and Tinks

King Stammers (Tim) on Facebook
Tim (King Stammers) on Twitter
Tim’s Pin No, Sort Code and Security Code.

Special thanks to JoCrow and Catfish Jon for the closing track – please listen to their new EP ‘Elements’

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Interviews with Creative Minds. No.13: Joan Ellis

We’re already up to number 13 of our Creative Minds series, and this time we hit the jackpot by securing a chat with Joan Ellis, an author/copywriter/poet/philanthropist for whom the term ‘Midas touch’ is woefully inadequate.

 

Links

There’s more than one way to skin a cat… and several ways to get in contact with Joan Ellis;

Add her on FriendlyFace
Buy her novels on Amazon
Find out more on Joan’s official website

Click here to listen to more of Cooly Haste’s music (outro track – thanks Cooly!)

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Interviews with Creative Minds. No.12: Adam Gaterell

I first met Adam Gaterell, aka the artist formerly known as Punk Poet, in the summer of 2013, as he stepped on an Isle of Wight stage to perform with a dozen or so whipper-snappers who he’d helped to mentor.

Since then our paths have crossed with increasing regularity, sharing venue stages and fashion tips on virtually a monthly basis. I’ve grown to respect the man, and he’s grown to tolerate me, so he was an obvious candidate for inquisition.

Interview features two tracks from Pleasurade

 

The links

Like Adam’s Facebook page!

Be the Garfunkel to his art website!

Hassle him to reform the exceptional Pleasurade! 

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Interviews with Creative Minds. No.11: Amber Katie Peck

Rarely can a cover band have been responsible for so swiftly stirring up the Isle of Wight’s serene landscape as Amber Management.

Dom Kureen was privileged to be find a gap in the schedule of their front woman, Amber Katie Peck, and rapidly thrust his Dictaphone into her face – this is the result.

The links

Like the Amber Management Friendly-face page!

Follow Amber on Twatter!

Send a slice of affable pie to Dreamer Joe! (interval track)

Show some love to the Fugees! (closing track)

Like the Kureen Faceblock page to validate our neediness!

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Interviews with Creative Minds. No.10: Bobbin Dixon

Bobbin Dixon – possibly the greatest fore and surname to collide since the equally sublime Tyler Durden was seen jiggling Meatloaf’s mammaries in Fight Club 16 years ago.

Not only does Bobbin possess a dandy moniker, he also happens to be the Isle of Wight’s pre-eminent comedy maestro and a south-coast trotting compère to boot.

(Apologies for the slight audio hiss; noise cancelling my ar*e!)

To get in touch with “Mr No Days Off”, you can catch him through any of these social site links;

Twitter (acceptable)
Facebook fan page (encouraged)
Facebook personal page (a wee bit creepy)

Also kind thanks to Signals for the use of Square Wheels, and Fozzy for ‘Enemy’, either of which can be downloaded by clicking their respective band name. 

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Interviews with Creative Minds. No.9: Doris Doolally

A select few are able to wax lyrical about dodo plunder and endear themselves to throngs of onlookers in the process; one such exquisite specimen is Doris Doolally – the ninth victim subject of our Creative Minds series.

 

 

Those who know her intimately describe her as a festival trekking, Superman sneaker embellished, guitar-wielding poet and teacher. To find out more click —-> HERE <— and give Doris’ Facebook page a like!

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Interviews with Creative Minds. No.8: Matthew Jeffery

In the eighth instalment of the ‘Creative Minds’ series, DxK speaks to Matthew Jeffery, CEO of Brightbulb Design, about his new projects, globe-trotting exploits and future plans.

This interview features music courtesy of Boston based psychedelic rockers Kitchens (free track download link included with links to Brightbulb’s website and Facebook page beneath the interview), and closes with a track from Logic.


Click here for links to Brightbulb Design website and Facebook page.

Click —> HERE <— for a free download link to ‘Used to Be a Preacher’ by Kitchens.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.