Norway's "National Firewood Night"

  • Aired:  02/20/13
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Nearly 20% of the Norwegian population tunes in to a 12-hour program on chopping and burning wood. (4:03)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK, EVERY.

ANYONE IN THE TV BUSINESS KNOWS BEST WAY TO CREATE A HIT SHOW IS NOT TO THE CREATE ONE.

INSTEAD, IMPORT A HIT FROM OVERSEAS.

NBC'S "THE OFFICE" CAME FROM BRITAIN'S "THE OFFICE," AND "HOMELAND" CAME FROM THE ISRAELI

SHOW "HATUFIM." AND "CHRIS MATTHEWS'S HARDBALL" WAS ADAPTED FROM THE IRISH CHILDREN'S PROGRAM "THE VERY

ANGRY POTATO."

[LAUGHTER]

WELL, I'VE GOT MY EYE ON A WILDLY POPULAR PROGRAM FROM NORWAY CALLED "NATIONAL FIREWOOD

NIGHT" WHICH CONSISTED MOSTLY OF PEOPLE IN PARKAS CHATTING AND CHOPPING IN THE WOODS AND THEN

EIGHT HOURS OF A FIRE BURNING IN A FIREPLACE.

[LAUGHTER]

IT DESTROYED THE OTHER TOP NORWEGIAN SHOWS LIKE "SO YOU THINK YOU CAN WATCH PAINT DRY?"

[LAUGHTER]

AND THE AMAZING GLAISH RACE.

[LAUGHTER]

AND GET THIS ALMOST TWENTY PERCENT OF THE POPULATION TUNED IN.

TWENTY PERCENT!

THE LAST TIME THAT MANY AMERICANS WATCHED A HUNK OF WOOD, HE WAS PLAYING OPPOSITE

SANDRA BULLOCK.

[ LAUGHTER ]

OF COURSE, IN JUST 12 HOURS, YOU ARE NEVER GOING TO CAPTURE THE TRUE DEPTH AND NUANCE OF

CHOPPING, DRYING AND STACKING WOOD WHICH IS WHY MANY NORWEGIANS PREFER THE BEST

SELLING BOOK THE SHOW IS BASED ON, SOLID WOOD, ALL ABOUT THE CHOPPING, DRYING AND STACKING

WOOD AND THE SOUL OF WOOD BURNING.

IT'S AVAILABLE ON KINDLE AND AS KIND LING.

OF COURSE, I'VE KNOWN THE APPEAL OF TV FIRE FOR AGES.

ONE OF THE LONGEST RUNNING CHARACTERS ON THIS SHOW HAS BEEN MY FIREPLACE FLAMY T. FIRE.

I USED TO HAVE A REAL FIRE IN THERE BUT I GOT SHUT DOWN BY BIG BROTHER FIRE MARSHAL JUST

BECAUSE HIT NO CHIMNEY AND THE CARBON MONOXIDE WAS KILLING MY AUDIENCE.

[LAUGHTER]

BUT THERE'S ONE THING I DON'T GET, FOLKS.

PART OF THE REASON WHY THE SHOW IS SUCCESSFUL ISES BUT IT'S GIVEN OLDER NORWEGIAN MEN

PERMISSION TO REVEAL THEIR DEEPEST THOUGHTS WHILE SEEMINGLY DISCUSSING FIREWOOD.

I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT.

[ LAUGHTER ]

I MEAN, THERE'S NO DEEP FEELINGS WHEN YOU ARE TALKING WOOD.

IT'S JUST WOOD.

YOU KNOW, YOU CUT IT UP AND STACK IT AND BURN IT.

PERSONALLY I SPLIT INTO QUARTERS BECAUSE THAT'S HOW MY DAD TAUGHT ME.

STACK IT LOOSELY ENOUGH THAT A SQUIRREL CAN GET THROUGH BUT TIGHT ENOUGH THAT THE CAT CANNOT FOLLOW.

TRY TELLING THAT TO YOUR SON HE HAS NO TIME FOR IT.

HE DOESN'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT WOOD BECAUSE HE CONVERTED TO GAS.

SO YOU JUST STACK FIREWOOD BY YOURSELF AND NEVER SEE YOUR SON AND THEN THERE YOU ARE WITH ALL

THIS WOOD AND --

[LAUGHTER]

AND YET NO WARMTH.

[ LAUGHTER ]

IT BURNS.

AND IT BURNS.

AND THEN IT'S GONE.

[ LAUGHTER ]

ASHES IN THE WIND.

[ LAUGHTER ]

[LAUGHTER]

[LAUGHTER]

I MISS YOU.

[LAUGHTER]

I MISS YOU WHEN I'M WITH YOU.

[ LAUGHTER ]

AND INTO THE FIRE YOU GO.

[ LAUGHTER ]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

ANYWAY SEEMS LIKE A

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