Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing wants to launch his own Jimmy Fallon-style chat show in the UK.
Right now, he’s starring in Comedy Central’s Drunk History, where he acts out the story of The Great Escape as told by comedian Ed Gamble after he’s indulged in a few ales (according to Jamie, Ed was “hammered”). But, while he enjoys this immersive acting – “it’s a bit of fun, a bit of silliness” – Jamie admits presenting is his ultimate goal.
“I’ve always loved acting, I don’t think it’s ever going to be my calling card. I don’t think I’m ever going to be an actor. It’s great to do stuff like that. But my sort of dream in life, and I’ve always said this, is to be a presenter and go down that route.
“I basically want to create an English version of Jimmy Fallon’s show in America. Something where it’s not just sit and talk, it’s where you play games with the guests, you do different things, have fun. That’s always been my dream I suppose.”
Admitting that the idea of ‘The Jamie Laing Show’ is a “punchy dream”, he’s nevertheless already put some thought into his perfect guests.
“Paul Rudd. How good would Paul Rudd be? And Jason Segel? I would love to have those two.”
As for whether we’ll see him follow his cast mates onto shows like Channel 4’s The Jump (Mark-Frances Vandelli was taking part this year but is out with an injury), Laing said he’d rather focus on pursuing presenting than do any more reality shows.
“Made In Chelsea, I do reality with them, but it’s about pushing forward and doing immersive stuff like Murder In Successville and Drunk History and doing presenting, that’s kind of what I want to do.
“I think doing The Jump and ‘the jungle’ are great for some people, but I kind of want to go down a different route and see what happens.”
See Drunk History tonight at 10:00pm on Comedy Central
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