The Unexpected Shout-Out

The Nite Show, writing, humor, Modern PhilosopherI was just siting there, minding my own business, when something exciting happened, Modern Philosophers.

Okay, let me backtrack a bit and fill in some details so that intriguing opening sentence makes sense.

Last night was the final taping of the season for The Nite Show with Danny Cashman.  I was seated in my usual spot in the second row of the audience.

One of the perks of being a writer for the show is that I get a great seat.

I had just taken a photo of Danny talking to the reigning Miss Maine, and had posted it to Facebook and Twitter with a humorous caption.

Because that’s what I do during a taping to raise the show’s presence on social media.

I thought it was a fun photo, but you can be the judge…

The Nite Show, Miss Maine, humor, Modern PhilosopherMy caption was something like, “Danny welcomes Miss Maine to The Nite Show, while secretly plotting how to ‘borrow’ her crown for the rest of the night”.

I was focused on posting and being witty, but I heard the conversation shift to Miss Maine’s desire to write for Saturday Night Live one day.  A bold reveal, if you ask me, considering SNL airs against The Nite Show.

Danny replied that Maine had a history of producing comedy writers for TV, and then somehow he said, “In fact, one of the writers for this show is currently writing his own TV series.”  Or something to that effect.  That might not be the exact quote as I was a bit stunned when it hit my ears in the second row.

The bottom line, though, was that Danny told Miss Maine about my TV series while he was interviewing her on the show!

He was also telling the entire studio audience, and everyone who will be watching the show when it airs, but I was just thrilled that he told it to someone in a crown.

Just made the whole thing seem very regal, I guess.

My friend Joy, who also is a member of The Nite Show team, came over to high five me.

writing, humor, NYU, Modern PhilosopherSince I’m incredibly socially awkward, I pointed at myself and said out loud to anyone who cared to listen, “Danny was talking about me!”.

Yes, I am that weirdo who blabs to strangers in a packed studio audience of a TV taping!

The mere fact that my TV series popped into Danny’s head in the middle of an interview, and that he decided to put it out into the TV universe, seemed like a sign from the Fates.

I immediately messaged my producer, which led to a nice exchange about the progress of the series.

This unexpected shout-out made me even more confident that this show is going to get made.  I mean, now that Danny’s mentioned it on air, the only next natural step is for me to be on the show to discuss the Season Premiere, right?

I guess I’d better get back to work on Episode 9.  The show isn’t going to write itself, and who knows when Miss Maine might contact me to check on my progress…

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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8 Responses to The Unexpected Shout-Out

  1. lydiaschoch says:

    That is so cool.

  2. ksbeth says:

    what a wonderful surprise!

  3. markbialczak says:

    Now Miss Maine will be binge-watching your show someday, Austin.

  4. This made me smile, Austin. Good on you.

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