Posted 19 July 2012 - 11:14 AM
Hi, I'm the person who was interviewed for the podcast.
To preface things - Well actually, first, this is dumb. This is all very dumb.
Now to preface for real: I've already said this, but it probably should be said again - I'm a fan of Matt Besser. I grew up watching UCB, I've got the season 2 DVD sitting in a shelf next to me. Walk Hard is one of my favorite movies of all time (he had a small but great role in it) and I've even taken 2 classes at the training center in Los Angeles. I watched Crossballs and have heard portions of his prank album... etc.
If you ignore everything I said in the recording and my interview and decide to focus on a few ambiguous words - you could reason that I might be trying to "prank" Matt. But, if you listen to my intentions as I stated them, you should be able to take away that I wasn't. To edify on the "frustration" I saw in Matt, it stemmed from a gamble I took on imagining a premise in where people didn't realize they were watching improv. I did this for Matt thinking that we could have, together, a laugh. That didn't happen, it turned into an awkward moment, extending into a significant amount of time in where to escape, I had said "Matt, I was trying to do an improv." That sentence, itself, being a play on my original thought – to which he replied “I thought as much.” I tried something out - it didn't work. It wasn't a prank, or a half prank, but a failed premise and I could understand it if the criticisms were "an interviewer shouldn't attempt to have a sense of humor with his subjects." But then again, when examined outside of everything, it would have been very forgettable and that shows when Matt says, during this interview, that he doesn't remember our original interview.
There's no real enemy here. In my most deluded of scenarios I would have told stories of how I worked as an intern at NPR. How I, an inexperienced nobody, conned his way into the role of interviewer for a respected news organization.
Anyway, if I were reading this thread I’d want closure. So here is my attempt to give this to you. I thought the sketch based off the conversation was funny and I hold no ill will toward Matt for any of it.
I am not a prankster and I don’t even like pranks.