That Time I Met Ed Asner

Ed Asner, The Nite Show, humor, Maine, Modern PhilosopherIf you follow this blog, you know I have met numerous characters since I’ve moved to Maine, Modern Philosophers.

There have been Witches, Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies, Aliens, Gargoyles, Greek Gods, Guardian Angels, The Devil, and that crazy lady who offered me beer while I was on a run.

Last night, though, I finally got to meet a legend and icon.

We don’t have many of those in Maine, and the one we do have has become something of a recluse, so the only time we really “see” him is on Twitter tormenting President Trump.

But last evening, at the first taping of Season Nine of The Nite Show with Danny Cashman, I finally got my icon fix.

No, Stephen King did not make his first ever appearance on the show.

Ed Asner did.

Ever since Danny told us that Mr. Asner was going to be on the Season Premiere, I have been hoping for a chance to meet him.

Even though Lou Grant and The Mary Tyler Moore Show were a little before my time, I still remember watching them in reruns.

More importantly, I realized that Ed Asner was a television legend.

Ed Asner, The Nite Show, humor, Maine, Modern PhilosopherI met Florence Henderson while I was interning at MTV, and I ran into Tina Louise a couple of times because her daughter lived in my dorm, but neither of them has won seven Primetime Emmy Awards.

Ed Asner had seven golden statues, though.

I was in the atrium of the theater when Mr. Asner arrived, so I got the chance to say hello to him then.

A short time later, I escorted his assistant to his dressing room, and had another quick exchange.  That was already quite a big deal for this TV fan boy.

However, neither opportunity seemed right to ask for a photo.

During the taping, I watched Mr. Asner’s interview from the theater.  He received two standing ovations from the audience, and was incredibly funny.

Oh, the mouth on him!  Danny is really going to have to do some bleeping when he edits this show to air on Saturday night.

I’m not going to give away any of his stories.  You’ll either have to tune in, or check out the clips when Danny posts them on Facebook and YouTube.

But I will say that they were a riot.

Ed Asner, The Nite Show, humor, Maine, Modern PhilosopherI was able to get some photos from the crowd, which I posted on Facebook and Twitter.  Apparently, everyone loves Ed Asner because those pics got a ton of likes and comments.

Here’s a fun fact about Ed Asner that even Ed Asner doesn’t know…

Back in the days when I was married, J had a boss who looked so much like Mr. Asner that we just took to calling him Ed.  I don’t remember the man’s actual name, but I got so used to refering to him as Ed Asner, that’s how he now exists in my memory.

I imagine Mr. Asner being an actor that my Dad loved.  I’m not sure why I think that, but that has been on my mind ever since I heard he was going to be on the show.

I’ve actually thought to myself how impressed my Dad would be if he were still alive to see a photo of me with Lou Grant.  You see, in my mind, I also think Dad would forget Mr. Asner’s name and just call him Lou Grant.

My mind is very complicated, Modern Philosophers!

Ed Asner, The Nite Show, humor, Maine, Modern PhilosopherFor those of you too young to remember the Lou Grant days, Mr. Asner was Carl in Up and Santa Claus in Elf.

When the taping ended, I gave up on my dream of getting a selfie with the man, and was content with just having met him.

However, Danny sent me a text to get backstage because Mr. Asner had agreed to meet a few folks and take pictures.

I shot out of the theater and was backstage in a flash.  All that running finally paid off!

I introduced myself as one of the writers, and Mr. Asner said we did a great job as it was a very funny show.

He then insisted on making fart noises with his mouth during our photos, saying that it would make the pics look funny.

I countered with the fact that I was making silent fart noises.  He chuckled and told me that those were the worst.

Ed Asner, The Nite Show, humor, Maine, Modern PhilosopherAnd those, Modern Philosophers, were the Deep Thoughts that I  shared with Film and TV legend and icon Ed Asner.

Like I said at the beginning of this post, I’ve met a lot of character since I’ve been in Maine.

Now Ed Asner can say the same thing about me…

One last silly side note: I sent my friend Fitz a message this morning that I’d found the perfect actor to play him in the TV series I’m writing about college.  Then I sent him the photo of me with Ed Asner.

Fitz wrote back that he was perfectly fine with that casting since Mr. Asner is not a ginger!

Have you ever met a big time celebrity?  If not, who would you like to meet?

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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7 Responses to That Time I Met Ed Asner

  1. ksbeth says:

    fun! i met bozo and spiderman, does that count?

  2. Did he say you had spunk? I’d laugh if Ed Asner told me I had spunk.

  3. markbialczak says:

    I remember Ed very well as the serious Lou Grant from his hourlong CBS drama that followed his stint with Mary Tyler Moore’s more famous comedy, Austin. He was a blunt city editor in a newspaper newsroom in the years while I was studying print journalism in college and working my first professional jobs myself, so I kept that show close to my heart.
    In the decades since, I have been fortunate enough to meet a handful of celebrities.
    I would go with the mention of a couple of Syracuse guys who went on to Hollywood fame but always had time for this member of the local press when they returned as appropriate name-dropping on your space. I have met Bobcat Goldthwaite and Tomcat Kenny several times. I could say that I know SpongeBob SquarePants …

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