Jay Maynard (jmaynard) wrote,
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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!)
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