As I’ve mentioned, I wrote a sketch that was used in tonight’s taping of The Nite Show With Danny Cashman. In a moment of utter insanity, I told Danny that I wanted to star in the sketch, too.
Well, Danny called my bluff, and tonight I had to get up in front of a live TV audience and all those cameras, to show off my (lack of) acting skills.
To give you an idea of how terrifying this was, we pulled this off without any sort of rehearsal. When we performed the sketch, it was the first time any of us had said any of the lines aloud in the presence of another.
I don’t even remember how many of my jokes were used in the monologues because I was going over my lines repeatedly from my seat in the back of the beautiful theater. I don’t want to post any photos of the stage yet and ruin the surprise, but that statue in the first photo is in the hallway outside the theater. I just thought it was cool.
Those folks didn’t know it yet, but soon after that photo was taken, they would be laughing uproariously at me.
Want to know a great way to calm your nerves before going out on stage? Have two gorgeous NESCOM crew members fuss over you as they try to find the best pic pic to attach to your hoodie for the sketch. These young ladies were not only amazing at their jobs, but also quite easy on the eyes. They finally got me set up with my mic about ten seconds before my cue to hit the stage.
No time to be nervous under those conditions.
I’ve got to say, Modern Philosophers, it was quite the rush walking out there. I don’t want to give away too much before the show airs, but the name of the sketch was “The Incorrigible Intern”. To help sell the illusion that I was an intern on The Nite Show, I sat at the ticket counter before the show, and then worked as an usher when the doors first opened. I walked around the theater in costume so that people would see me, and understand that I worked for the show.
That way, when Danny called me out onto the stage to scold me, it would make for a truly surreal moment. Most of the audience probably thought I was about to be fired for messing up, and then giving Danny some lip.
I’d like to boast that I didn’t flub any of my lines, which I recited from memory. Mr. Hot Shot TV Host had the script on his desk, and was able to refer to it when needed. I was acting without a net, baby, and I made it out alive!
There was a lot of laughter during the sketch, which boosted my confidence as we made our way through it.
Like I said, we hadn’t rehearsed it, so I wasn’t quite ready for Joe Kennedy, Danny’s sidekick, to manhandle me off the stage at the end, but it worked really well. I yelled out my finally lines as I was being dragged into the wings. Great stuff!
After the show, several audience members came over to congratulate me. One even said, “I hope he didn’t really fire you.”
I think it was a good night. Don’t worry, Jim Parsons, I’m not coming after your Emmy Award, but I might be up for getting in front of the camera again. I better start writing myself into more sketches…
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