When Rowan Atkinson interviewed an angry Elton John and all hell broke loose

16 October 2020, 15:25

Rowan Atkinson / Elton John
Rowan Atkinson and Elton John. Picture: Laughing Stock Productions

By Tom Eames

It's one of the greatest TV interviews, featuring two of entertainment's biggest stars.

Back in 1991, Rowan Atkinson recorded a spoof interview with Elton John as part of an HIV/AIDS awareness event, and it's still utterly hilarious nearly 30 years later.

It's amazing seeing two British entertainment icons come together in such a humourous way, with Rowan giving the then-44-year-old singer a difficult time.

Watch the interview below:

The interview sees Rowan ask Elton a series of unusual questions, with Elton clearly doing everything he can not to giggle.

This interview is arguably the original Between Two Ferns, a show where comedian Zach Galifianakis speaks to high-profile stars with deadpan humour, along with the occasional insulting quip.

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“Funny name. ‘Elton,’” Rowan asks the singer. “Did you ever consider ‘John Elton’?”

How Elton kept a straight face is anyone's guess.