As a 58-year-old straight man, I knew little more about Lady Gaga than I did about Lord Gaga. I had seen her two latest videos on YouTube (the second in hi-def) and read stuff – but that was about all.
Then this week she was on Leno and I have to say I was IMPRESSED (not that she would care, obviously – but there it is).
The thing is, the Tonight Show has a system – but Gaga rose ABOVE it. Even Leno was impressed.
Like, if the Number One guest is important – they are always “on their way to somewhere else” and get to LEAVE, once they’ve done their plug. But Gaga REMAINED.
And after guest Number Two has come on, their predecessor mostly just SITS there – they don’t engage. But Gaga ENGAGED.
She even admitted that for her, it was a big deal. She grew up watching the show (her parents would have too – it’s been going for nearly sixty years).
I loved it. Having been weaned in the UK on Parky, this is how chat shows SHOULD be done. Parky did no monologue or comedy bits. He just came on, said who tonight’s guests would be – and then got ON with it.
No desk – just comfy chairs. Each guest would come on – do six minutes or so – after which Parky would bring the other guests back into the mix for a few minutes. And after the last guest had done their six minutes, it would be a free-for-all.
Thus the guests would ALL engage – throughout the show. And the last guest would generally be the most important.
Of course in America, the most important guest comes on FIRST – since the show’s ratings DROP as it progresses and people go to BED. Which is why ALL the best stuff is put on FIRST.
But what of Gaga herself? Well, I could see why she has become so big – the girl has COMMITMENT.
She describes herself in the third-person – not out of pretentiousness, but because Gaga is a CHARACTER. A product created by herself – and a battery of designers and creatives.
The music is just part of a package that includes videos, clothes, dancers et al. But Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta is no victim – she is the driving force behind it all.
Inevitably, parallels have been drawn between her and Madonna – which Gaga does not deny. But even Madonna would never have had IMPLANTS done like Gaga now has.
Not fake boobs – any American bimbo has those. No – she has had two sets of subdermal implants put in her cheeks and two more on her shoulders. At least, that’s the theory – they COULD be prosthetic.
But they looked real to me and given Gaga’s level of dedication, they would certainly be consistent.
Either way – she is pushing the envelope MUCH further than most would dare. And as a long-time observer of the vicissitudes of The Business, I for one wish her LUCK. This kind of outre performing is HARD on a girl – and many have come to a sticky end.