NEW YORK — I finally got my big break! I’ve written thousands of articles and columns over the span of at least a decade and all it really took to get noticed was me sitting next to John Oliver. My family, friends and colleagues don’t really care about what I wrote last week or this column I’m writing now, do they? Television is what matters — I should know that. It turns out, if you’re not on TV or in the movies you’re just another wannabe. I’m still a wannabe, but at least I can say I was on “The Daily Show.”
Here I am to Oliver’s left at the 6:05 mark and again beginning at the 6:16 mark. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Verizon iPhone Announcement www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog</a> The Daily Show on Facebook I should have known my last-minute trip to New York City would be magical once I spotted Larry Wilmore getting on the same flight as me from LAX to JFK. What are the chances I’d see a contributor and correspondent for The Daily Show two days in a row on opposite ends of the country? I first spotted John Oliver waiting with the rest of the media at Verizon Wireless’ iPhone announcement. And for some reason I can’t explain, as all of us filed in to our seats I decided to sit next to him. He is a member of the “best f#@king news team ever” after all. I might as well take that in when I can. Soon enough, Oliver was turning to me asking me questions like “How do you look your wife and kids in the eye after coming to an event like this?” and “Do you see this as an oppressive thing or liberating?” Of course, I laughed through all of my sheepish responses and Oliver would ask me to “do it again without laughing.” All in all, it’s probably a good thing all of that ended up on the cutting room floor. The real fun started about 5 minutes before the press conference kicked off when Oliver stood up on his chair, held his iPhone high and started waving it around as if he was looking for a signal. A minute or two later, he stood up again and just started screaming “F*#k ya! Thank you!” Then he did it again to give his crew another chance to capture footage for some impeccable editing later on. Right about then a Verizon executive came up to him and warned him he’d be kicked out if he did it again. It was awesome. The entire experience made for the best press conference I have ever attended and, to be honest, it made the news of the day much less impressive than it would have been on its own.