After the success of last week’s blog with comedian Danny Buckler, and the fact that I’m REALLY nosy…..I caught up with the hilarious and extremely talented Greg Scott!!
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to juggle being a…wait for it…..deep breath…..TV and radio host, voiceover, corporate host ANDDDDDDDD TV warm- up man….PHEW….well sit tight as I managed to stop the man himself and caught up with the lovely Greg….hold tight…here we go!!!!
First and foremost mister Scott may I just say what lovely ankles you have……please explain to our lovely audience……..
Ah – Yes – You’ve been looking at my Twitter bio, haven’t you?! Well I DO have nice ankles. They’re the most attractive part of me.
Well – Those and my appendix.
I suppose I should mention that my Twitter is @GregScottTV, shouldn’t I?
And that my website is http://www.gregscott.tv
What was your first break into the fabulous showbiz world of TV, radio AND voiceover?
Oh cripes! Okay…
First plunge into showbiz in general was hosting a family entertainment show in a big function room in Morecambe that I managed to blag for free in the summer of 1985. I said to the owner, “Give me your room on any nights that aren’t booked… I’ll take the door, you take the bar – Happy days!” It was games, competitions, and kids’ disco music for three hours. The parents could sit and get sozzled whilst watching their little angels having a wonderful time! Big success!
First TV job was in 1987 – I warmed up an audience of 50 sprogs for an ITV kids’ show called “The Ultimate Machine” – A fun, but educational programme about the workings of the human body. I suppose I was asked to get involved as I have such a perfect example of one.
First radio gig was in December 1993 – I did some Christmas cover shifts on Yorkshire Coast Radio in Scarborough. I was either very good, or very cheap, as I was kept on to host the 6pm – 10pm show, which I hosted for two years. In ’95, I left to do some other stuff – Telly presenting and more audience warm-ups, before returning to YCR in 1998 to present the Breakfast Show for three years.
Voiceovers – I’ve never been what one might call “full-time” in this area, but I get enough jobs in to keep me tickling along, together with other stuff that I do. It’s lovely to be able to open an email in my dressing gown (Yes, I keep emails in my dressing gown), see that it’s an order for a VO, and record it there and then. Sometimes I do them naked.
But that’s only if I’m in a studio in Soho.
What attracted you to this wonderful showbiz world?
Well Nicster, my parents were both in showbiz – My Mum was a singer and my Dad was a comedian / instrumentalist. So it was the family trade. I simply followed them into it. It sure beats WORKING for a living.
What part of your job do you enjoy most?
Oh, that would be the work itself. I’m actually at my happiest when there’s a red light on.
But enough about my trips to Amsterdam.
When I’m working, no matter what the job is, the concentration levels are that intense and the work that enjoyable, that any worries I have (And let’s face it – We ALL have worries), are forgotten about and I enter a happy, carefree bubble. The post-show crash can be very severe sometimes. I find performing gives me a high that no alcohol, drugs or fried chicken ever could.
Do you think you have a good work/ life balance?
As I do probably 50% of my work from home, yep – I’d say so. I love my home. I’m not much of a “going out person” at all – I like slobbing out in just my pants with a bowl of ravioli or Crunchy Nut Cornflakes.
Do you have a party trick….?? Details please!!!
Yes – Coming up with outlandish, yet believable excuses for not going to parties.
If I find that I HAVE to go to some sort of social gathering, as a non-drinker, I always make sure that I leave 10 minutes after a guy I’ve never met before comes up to me, hugs me, then steps back, looks at my shoes, then into my eyes and says, “I’m bloody telling ya.”
That’s always the cue to say one’s goodbyes.
What would you say to someone getting into TV, radio, voiceover now (honest answers please!!)?
I’d say, “Are you MAD?!”
No, but seriously…. I would simply say that you MUST keep things real. Be prepared for the possibility of long periods of “resting”…
Trust only those who you know for SURE you can trust…
If you DO hit any degree of success, stay grounded. Don’t be an arse…
Be nice to people on the way up – Because you’re going to want the same people to be nice to YOU on the way down…
In fact, just be nice to everyone. Nobody wants to give work to a git.
We always see the glitz and glamour of the showbiz world- are there parts of it that are REALLY not like that for you?
I refer my honourable friend to the answer I gave just a moment ago. If you have a good run of work (By that, I mean more than two years uninterrupted!), you’re a lucky so & so. If, like me, you have a family to support, you HAVE TO / MUST squirrel away what you can when the going is good. Make hay while the sun shines. An owl in a sack troubles no man.
What’s the worst part of your job?
Not doing it.
Tell us about a day in the life of Mister Greg Scott??
Lordy – Which day? This is the thing, you see – No two days are the same when work is plentiful. One day, I can be on a train to London to spend the day reading Autocue for a business training school… Another, I can be bombing over the M62 (At no more than 70mph, of course), to warm-up the audience for Countdown at Media City in Manchester. Or perhaps I can be in Worcester playing a comedy fat guy in a gym for an advert. That’s what makes the job so great – It beats sitting in an office doing the same old thing, day in, day out.
Tell us about your WORST EVER GIG!! Details please!!!
Oh, that’s an easy one… I hadn’t been doing audience warm-ups long – About 10 months – And I was asked to look after the audience for The Krypton Factor.
Nobody gave me any info about how the show was shot – Despite me asking over and over. “We’ll talk to you later”, they’d say – And they never did.
No one told me that when the contestants would play with plastic cubes and turn them into an internal combustion engine, that though it took 90 seconds on screen, in the studio, it took 30 minutes – And that during this time, the audience would have to sit in silence, get bored and want to go home. No-one told me that the recording would be more “stop-start” than an F-Reg Austin Allegro.
I’d only worked on Countdown up to that point, and that was an EASY show to warm up for – This was a NIGHTMARE by comparison.
Suffice it to say that after the first of the day’s shows, I’d died such a death that I actually returned to my dressing room and CRIED.
The thought of having to die again that evening was destroying me – But thank goodness I then had an idea of the structure of the recording schedule and was able to tailor some material to suit. For the second show, I was amazing, everyone loved me and we all went back to Gordon Burns’ hotel for an orgy.
When I’ve worked out how my ‘magic life wand’ works- where would you like to see yourself in the next year?
Assuming it works, I’d like to live in the Los Angeles hills, near my showbiz mate, Good Morning Britain’s Ross King. We worked together 24 years ago. And look at him now. Bastard.
ANYWAY – That’s where I’d like to move to – And I’d like to be chauffeur-driven, three days a week, to Studio City in Hollywood to record my hugely successful, primetime gameshow. One that I’ve devised, so I own the rights to it and coin-in many more millions of dollars.
Yep – That’s what I’d like if your magic wand works, Nic.
If it DOESN’T work, stick it up your arse.
THANKS SOOOOOO MUCH LOVELY GREG!!
Thanks, Nicster! xx