Screenwriter, Blogger, Late Night Talk Show Guest…

Well, I’m back from the Gracie Theater and Graciemy gig as a late night talk show guest, Modern Philosophers!

I’m not allowed to post any photos of the new set of The Nite Show With Danny Cashman, but I can assure you that it looks amazing!  If you’ve ever seen the show, you will agree that the new look is a gazillion times better.  You will be impressed!

This afternoon, we did a run through of a show so that the production crew could work out the kinks before the first taping on September 24.  Once ago, I must give a huge shout out to the students from NESCOM who make up The Nite Show’s crew.  They were great and handled every little bump like professionals.

Even though it was just a run through with very few people in the audience, I still got a little surge of pride when Joe Kennedy, the show’s announcer and Danny’s hilarious sidekick, announced my name during the opening credits.

nite logoWhen Danny did the monologue, he used the jokes from the last show at the old theater.  That meant that three of the four jokes were written by me, including my infamous Saturday Night Live Viagra joke.  I will admit that I got a little crazy with the applause when Danny delivered the punchline.

After the monologue, Joy, Danny’s assistant and right hand, took me backstage so that I cold get mic’d up for my gig as the guest.  Three members of the NESCOM crew flocked to help me and put me through a mic check.  I’ve got to admit, I was getting pretty nervous.  I knew it was just a run through, but people were watching, cameras were rolling, and I had no idea what Danny was going to ask me.

Unlike my first appearance on the show when I had to hide in a tiny space behind an ugly curtain before walking onto the stage, this time, I felt like I was on a real talk show.  You’ll know what I mean, Modern Philosophers, once I’m able to share pics of the set.

Since it was a run through, and kinks were being worked out, I had to do my entrance four times as I was the first guest to ever walk out onto the set for an interview.  The third time, I purposely delayed my entrance.  The fourth time, I walked out like a boxer with my arms held high over my head in victory.

Danny asked me a few questions about The Retirement Party, and I led the conversation around to .33 Reverse Gunther, my screenplay that I hope will be going into production soon.  We ended with my answering a question as if I were Eliot Cutler, one of the Maine Gubernatorial candidates.

It was definitely a blast, and I’m totally excited to write for the new season.  Ironically, it was almost three years to the day from when I was an actual guest on The Nite Show.  The date is easy to remember since it was The Girl Who Owns My Heart’s birthday.

I’m comfortable working behind the camera, Modern Philosophers, but maybe it’s time for this handsome face to be out in front of it more often…

Nite ShowIf you live in Maine, I really hope you’ll come to a taping of The Nite Show at The Gracie Theater.  I promise you will not be disappointed (and I’m told the monologue jokes are outstanding!).

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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15 Responses to Screenwriter, Blogger, Late Night Talk Show Guest…

  1. The Hook says:

    You’ve conquered yet another medium!
    Well done, buddy!

    • Austin says:

      Thanks. I’ve written a couple of sketches for this season, and Danny said if he uses them, I can act in them, so I’m hoping for even more on screen time. 🙂

  2. Lorra B. says:

    Outstanding! Congratulations Austin! 👍👍👍

  3. D. Parker says:

    Glad it went well. 🙂

  4. floridaborne says:

    And you were worried? Looks like more than a few of us are glad you survived to write another day (and perhaps to act).

  5. ksbeth says:

    can’t wait to see it, sounds like it went great )

  6. markbialczak says:

    Perfect, skit acting and onto ‘Ghostbusters 3,’ Austin!

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