Today I went to an audition for a new VH1 show, “Whatever.” They were looking for people with improv skills and that’s all I knew going in.
The audition was in Soho (I think that’s where I was, I don’t know) and the people there were really friendly. The girl auditioning me, Karen, told me that basically it’s a show set up like the interview segments on “The Daily Show.” Not the celebrity segments, but the parts where they find a kazoo whittler or whatever. You know, where the person being interviewed is totally serious and into it and not realizing that the rest of America is laughing at them. So that was the set up.
They brought in a guy named Bob who was to play an old man who was in a “Jazzy” race (you know, those little scooters for the elderly) and I had to interview him. I had a lot of fun. After that, Bob left and Karen filmed me as if I were doing a nature show in Central Park and wanted me to talk about the two animals I was in search of. I chose “a bird” and “an old Broadway has-been actress with Botox injections.” Don’t ask me where that came from, this is improv people.
Finally I had to do a sign-off report as someone who just witnessed a race between an Olympic athlete and a heroin addict.
So, again, who knows. I got Karen to laugh quite a bit so that was a plus.
Another plus was the doorman/security guy on the way out. His name is Ira, a native New Yawk-er, and he gave me the names of some of his favorite places to eat in Manhattan.
And there you have it. Good times.