Wednesday, June 21, 2006

NYC, Late Night With Conan O'Brien

Somehow I'm in New York City to do a show on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." I feel a bit like saying, "Um, you know I'm not exactly Adam Sandler?" I bring that up 'cause I'm watching Conan's show right now and Adam Sandler is the first guest (Figured I should do some research before going on the show..). I'm probably going to get bit by Triumph the Insult Dog, a sock puppet sketch gag Conan uses. Triumph alienated half of Canada when he insulted all of Quebec a year or so back with some pretty over-the-top (OK, I laughed at it...) comedy at Quebec's expense. I don't think I'll bring up why I went to NYC when I return through customs in Calgary on the way home, they'll probably strip search me or something. Anyhow, I'm pretty nervous about the whole experience, I haven't done this sort of thing before. Conan's back from break and there on the screen interviewing Adam Sandler again, who is actually funny, and funny is what people on the show want. What the hell is funny about climbing icebergs, which is apparently what we're going to talk about? Icebergs rolling over with me on them isn't too funny, or even if they rolled over on Ben Firth, who I did the iceberg climbing trip with. So I'm pretty nervous about it all--I'm fundamentally a dirtbag in need of a haircut, here I am in NYC in some monster hotel suite getting ready to do a TV show that's broadcast world-wide. I'm going to have to remember not to swear, not to fart excessively loudly, no picking my nose, in short it's going to be just like going to visit my grandparents when I was a kid. So I'm nervous.

I just noticed that everyone on the show is wearing nice clothes. I brought two dirty T-shirts and some chalk-covered Arc'teryx pants 'cause I want to bust it to the climbing gym tomorrow night after the show. Doh.

OK, now Conan has got some freak wrestler on the show, a guy named John Ceena or something. He's at least wearing a T Shirt, but has the steroid-enhanced frame to make a T-Shirt look good. I've got arms like a 10-year old. This show is giving an inferiority complex already, my hands are sweating like I'm 20 feet out on bad gear. I'm gonna have to chalk up and send it. I tape from 5 to 6 tomorrow night, Conan just mentioned that I'll be on the show, jesus!


Scott said...
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Scott said...

Uh, screwed up the comment thing the first time.

Anyway, the bit was hilarious. I was in shock that Conan would try it. Then he hopped up on top to pose like some film noir gal on a piano. I loved the way he left his tools and went for the summit. Clearly he was coached in "light and fast." And the helmet bit was funny as hell. His head is THAT big. BD better upsize its lids.

And nice job making climbers not look like reasonable enough folks (enamored of an unreasonable thing).

Anonymous said...

Having never ice climbed, I find myself wondering, do you guys really practice on plywood walls??

I was worried Conan's would lose his footing as he really didn't kick in very hard.

How would that look...Will Gadd the guy that hurt Conan....
you would have been a hero in Quebec.


Will Gadd said...

Thanks for the comments, it was a lot of fun! I don't normally train by climbing wooden walls painted up like icebergs, grin, but it's not a bad idea. The whole wall thing came together last-minute (the producer added that at 10:00 in the morning, thanks to the staff at Tents and Trails in Manhattan, Scarpa, BD and everyone who helped pull gear together!).

Play safe,


Severina said...

I saw you on "Late Night." Hope you had a great time, it was one of the most fun moments I've seen in awhile.
I've dubbed the mountain you and Conan scaled "Mt. Plywood." I'm sure you must prefer the ice. You have one of the coolest jobs I've ever heard of.
Hope you come back and do "Late Night" again. Maybe they can get enough money for a slab of frozen water next time! ;)