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Tuesday, 10 August 2004


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0922 - A really fun show

Doing Jimmy Kimmel Live last night was lots and lots of fun.

The trip to LA was uneventful. I talked to the producers Monday afternoon, and found out they didn't need me there till 6 PM...which got changed to 5:30, since they needed me to add a couple of bits of voiceover in the clip they were using. I got into the costume and walked down Hollywood Boulevard to the studio, and got a few surprised looks, but that was about it. Adding the dialogue wasn't hard. I did get to see them negotiate with the standards and practices people over a couple of things, and then we were done.

I went down to the green room. Not much happened there before the show, although I did talk with the senior producer about my upcoming schedule. He was happy I was keeping him up-to-date on my availability, and that I was available so much. They took a picture of me to use in the opening sequence while we were doing that. I watched the show while we were talking, and noticed the changes they made to the first act: different logo, different opening, and Jimmy now delivers his monologue standing up.

Act 4 rolled around, and I went on. The video came out pretty funny. I was sitting next to Quentin Tarantino, and he laughed a lot. He seemed to really enjoy the whole show. After the clip, Jimmy asked me a couple of really personal questions as a way to introduce their next idea about me: "Win a date with Tron Guy!". This wasn't a surprise, as they'd asked me about it when setting up the trip. It will be interesting to see what comes of it.

In between acts, Tarantino asked me if I knew the answer to a TRON trivia question: What TV series did Cindy Morgan (Lora/Yori) star in after the movie? (Answer: Bring 'Em Back Alive.) I was disappointed that I couldn't remember the series. Tarantino said he really liked TRON, and had waited for its release when it first came out - and saw it in the theater on opening day.

Lenny Kravitz came out and talked for a while. I got to stay on the couch for this one, and so I got to enjoy being the target of a few gentle jokes...which, after all, is just part of why I'm there. Kravitz did get one thing wrong (his mother, Roxie Roker, did not have the first TV interracial kiss; that was on Star Trek, where Kirk kissed Uhura in one show). I thought about correcting them to help restore my geek cred, but decided not to make them look bad.

The concert that ended the show was great. Kimmel, Tarantino, and I got to sit on a couch at the side of the stage while Kravitz played 4 songs, two new, two old standards. How many folks get to do that at a rock concert? Jimmy's girlfriend joined him after the broadcast ended. I could feel the stage jumping as they played. My ears are still ringing. Tarantino mentioned that I was about as uncool as it gets (and, FSVO cool, he's right). I told him that I'd had years to practice.

The party after the show went on for longer than usual. I got to tell Kravitz "hasn't anyone told you nobody makes good music like that any more?". One guy wants me to talk about doing Halloween stuff for him. I got a request from a manager for Sony Connect to do a playlist for their music service. I'll do that when I get home, since it requires Windows 2000 or higher to use. I got back to the hotel and zonked out after talking to bronxelf_ag001 on AIM for a bit.

It was a really fun evening. I think the show really turned out well (from what I could tell; I'll watch the tape when I get home to make sure). They'll be on hiatus the week of Labor Day (good thing, since that's one week when I'm not available much), and I suspect it'll rerun then. (Residuals, whee!)

current mood: [mood icon] enthralled

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From:mary919
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I entered. :)
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From:timmowarner
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You got to meet Quentin Tarantino?! How cool is that?!
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From:rogue461
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I've missed your previous appearances on Jimmy Kimmel, kept forgetting to set the TiVo... (although apparently remembering didn't help all that much either... the broadcast was 30 min later than the schedule said in St. Louis) I agree, it seemed to go well.

Thanks, I was going to ask you what the question was that Tarantino stumped you at during the commercial break.

I noticed the incorrect first inter-racial TV kiss comment too. I would have been tempted to say something too and wondered if you *might* have said something off-camera. It's probably better that you didn't, though.

Good luck with the contest, I hope you have fun with it.
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From:jmaynard
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I said something to Jimmy in between songs at the concert...had to restore the cred, you know. He remembered the Star Trek kiss once I mentioned it.

If I didn't think I was going to have fun with it, I wouldn't be doing it. The same goes for all of the Kimmel stuff.
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From:vakkotaur
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Mr. Tarantino sure is an excitable fellow, isn't he?

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From:timmowarner
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Was he talking about one of his movies, or just stuff in general?

He has two levels of excitement. =o)
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From:foolscap001
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Yes, but that's good...

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You have to admire someone that enthusiastic about something, and envy someone who gets to make his living doing what he's that enthusiastic about.
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From:phix
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>Tarantino mentioned that I was about as uncool as it gets

I get confused.. is this an insult? Were you dissed by Tarantino??
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From:jmaynard
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I don't think it was intended as an insult. Remember, geeks aren't cool in the usual sense, and I'll freely admit to that.
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From:foolscap001
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I doubt it was intended as such...

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And to be honest, as a nerd, I kind of like it that way. Gets rid of the poseurs.
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From:evilzug
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I saw Quentin at the bar he got into that fist fight with... I forget who..

I donno google isn't helping. I was so fixated on how large his chin was that I bumped into my friend in front of me and spilled my drink down her cleavage. It was awesome.
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From:irpooh
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Rock On, Tron Guy, Rock On!

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You just keep getting better! And yes, better not to correct them, besides every Trek fan in the country probably sent email.

I was gonna enter the win a date, but decided I would get disqualified seen as how I have a husband...

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