From the interview archives.
TV host and presenter Fletcher Cowan is an entertainer through and through. Whether he’s walking a runway, Djing, producing a new series, or interviewing celebrities, his upbeat and playful nature is sure to lure you in. VULKAN caught up with Fletcher to discuss all things fashion, food, and new projects he’s developing.
When was the first time you realized you had a knack for hosting and entertaining?
I’ve been into performing and acting ever since I was a kid. I used to do magic shows for my family when I was about 5 years old and my sister got to be my glamorous magician’s assistant. Now I make shows for TV, but not much has changed in the grand scheme of things.
Who was the first comedian you ever gravitated towards?
I was really obsessed with Ali G when I was younger. Sacha Baron-Cohen is an all time hero of mine. And I watched everything by comedian Chris Lilley; in particular “We Can Be Heroes” and “Summer Heights High” are utterly brilliant shows of his. Must sees if you haven’t checked them out already.
You’re of course known for your keen sense of fashion. What advice might you have for someone that wants to brush up their wardrobe but isn’t sure where to start?
If you’re unsure where to start, choose a few people whose style you admire and take your inspiration from them. There’s so many incredible visual references to look at, whether it’s old school actors from the 50’s or street style blogs for something more up to date. But don’t forget to be yourself at the same time. You being you is always going to feel and look best.
What’s your day-to-day style these days?
I’m going through a bit of 60’s revival thing at the moment. Spending a lot of time in LA has really nurtured my love of all things mid century. From the clothes, to the cars and of course the fantastic mid- century architecture. For example today I’m wearing a vintage cowboy shirt, with a cardigan and thick rimmed glasses and converse. In the evening I tend to look a little smarter so suits are very much my thing at the moment. Great tailoring makes me feel confident and like I can achieve anything. I like clothes that make me feel confident and positive.
What’s one piece you’re dying to get your hands on?
A navy blue suede cropped jacket from Tom Ford. Maybe Father Christmas could help me with that one. I’ve been a very good boy!
If you could walk a runway for any designer, who do you choose?
I’ve been lucky enough to walk for some great brands including Comme Des Garcons, Aquascutum and Paul Smith. But moving forward I’m not sure. The future of what a fashion show looks like these days is really changing, so maybe I could be involved in more than just a model capacity. People like Victoria Secrets and Tommy Hilfiger are approaching things differently and that’s exciting to me.
I’ve heard that you’ve become a bit of a foodie. What types of cuisine do you tend to experiment with at home, and what’s your best go-to dish?
I started making homemade pizzas not long ago but for waistband related reasons I’ve had to rein that one in. I love any fresh good quality delicious ingredients. Whether it’s from a great butcher or fishmonger. Food at home for me is all about having friends over, laughing, listening to bad naughties pop music and being surrounded by inspiring people. I love entertaining at home.
What’s one charitable organization or event you’d like to shed light on in 2018 and why is it important to you?
The Albert Kennedy Trust is a brilliant charity helping homeless LGBTQ youths. Ian Mckellen is one of their patrons and they do some truly fantastic work. Check them out!
Given how many avenues you now have to connect with viewers and listeners, do you find you prefer one medium over another or do they all bring something special to the table for you?
It’s so exciting how many platforms are now available. I’ve done mostly mainstream TV and online video projects to date but having streaming platforms like Netflix, as well as everyone’s new obsession with podcasts, makes for more possibilities when creating shows. I tend to come up with a lot of my own show ideas and exec produce them, so having new places to put these is only a good thing.
If you had an unlimited budget for a documentary, what story or issue would you focus on?
I’m working on a new documentary at the moment but telling you what it’s about would ruin the surprise. Sometimes you’ve gotta keep your cards a little close to your chest I’m afraid.
When you find yourself overwhelmed, say with all your busy commitments, what’s your preferred way to unwind?
What other TV personalities do you currently admire?
Wow there’s so many! I love Louis Theroux, Ricky Gervais, Jimmy Fallon, Graham Norton, Ruby Wax, Sacha Baron-Cohen. Kathy Griffin, Margaret Cho, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy… this list could go on and on.
For those who haven’t heard, you are doing a new online chat show. Why should people tune in?
Cos it’s hilarious! And it’ll mean you get to see celebrities in a totally new light. It’s very different to your normal studio format. Watch this space!
What’s one skill you’re interested in perfecting in your lifetime?
The french horn. Read into that what you will.