My Week In Media: Jeff Leach
Monday 30 June 2008
This week I watched...
I've been presenting Big Brother's Big Mouth this week, so I have been full to the brim with Big Brother material, both watching the show live, and catching the evening show, plus Big Brother's Little Brother. The contestants always seem to be involved in a systematic psychological breakdown, which is always fun to watch. I always watch Scrubs when I'm trying to relax because it's a romantically endearing style of comedy. My favourite part is where the main character JD, played by Zach Braff, revels in a day dream sequence which is a perfect escape for him. It's something that I employ quite a lot in my own life, although maybe not quite as vividly as he does. If I really want to let my mind wander, I watch antiques shows. I'll watch anything with David Dickinson. I think he's amazing.
This week I read...
When I was travelling in New Zealand I read Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist. I enjoyed it so much that when I finished it, I immediately started to re-read it. To my mind, it's a non-abrasive exploration of religion. As opposed to the type of book that rams religion down your throat. Another book that I recently finished is Russell Brand's My Booky Wook. I've led a bit of a rock 'n' roll lifestyle so I can empathise with the way the book deals with his problems of alcohol, drugs and sex addiction. It's a good read if you have ever had any one of those problems.
This week I listened to...
Funnily enough, I listened to Russell Brand's Radio 2 show but that's only because I know his comedy writer Matt Morgan. He is an extremely intelligent man. He just oozes comedy. I also just got the new Santo Gold album. I love it. She worked as A&R and behind the scenes at various labels before becoming an artist. I've also worked as a DJ, so I can see how having that well-rounded approach can earn you a lot of respect in the music industry.
This week I surfed...
I am a Facebook addict. I've done a lot of travelling in my life so I've got friends in loads of countries across the world. It's a really cheap and efficient way to keep in touch with your mates. I also like comedy websites like funnyordie.com which is Will Ferrell's company. I am a huge fan of his, he is the king of improvisation.
Jeff Leach presents 'The Surgery', on the BBC Switch zone on BBC2 every Saturday.
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