Episode 36 — You Got P.R.ANKED!
Posted 18 July 2012 - 11:01 PM
Posted 18 July 2012 - 11:53 PM
Also, Paul would've been like 19 at the time...
Posted 19 July 2012 - 02:24 AM
PS: I love Paul even more after he talked about calling 1-900 "game tip" hotline, I think a lot of us nerds did that when we got stuck. WTF life before the internet was weird!
Posted 19 July 2012 - 06:24 AM
Besser you are a genius.
Back peddling like a drunken crawdad is a great saying
"My name is Bruce. I fuck with viruses. I pull potatahs from the earth with my bare man hands. My beanie and five o clock shadow make me look like a longshoreman. And I can chill harder than a motherfucker."
Posted 19 July 2012 - 06:34 AM
That wasn't even the best part. My friend was deaf in one ear, and mostly deaf in another. So he had a hearing aid in the one and got so annoyed that he turned it off. Well the song finished and they did this weird Southern Baptist thing we do which is pray real suddenly without actually saying we're praying.
Well my friend was looking at a girl's chest and wasn't paying attention and just suddenly turns his head to me, thinking the music is still going, and JUST SCREAMS, "What the f**k is wrong with all these people?".
We did not get with the girls. We were not welcome back.
Posted 19 July 2012 - 06:44 AM
I got Freak Dance on Itunes the other day and it's super funny. For some reason I have this memory of reading it was a stage show first, am I making this up? I could probably find out on google but I want to be an active memeber of the earwolf community.
Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:31 AM
Yeah I never actually heard Matt say if he remembered the guy being weird or not during the original interview.
Posted 19 July 2012 - 09:29 AM
I created an account to say just this. This assbutt was just trying a DOUBLE PRANK
Posted 19 July 2012 - 09:53 AM
I'm just so surprised about the misunderstanding, since Matt is usually so sharp. I think Matt has a legitimate larger gripe that he incorrectly projected on the caller.
Also, I feel bad for the caller, because he's clearly a big fan who wanted to share what he thought was a goofy little story, but when he did he was kinda piled on by the guy he likes. I guess he deserves a little of it, because he inadvertently bugged Matt, but I don't think he deserves to be shit on. I think it's bit of a shame.
Posted 19 July 2012 - 10:05 AM
Posted 19 July 2012 - 10:09 AM
It was his friend who described the awkward interview style as an unfunny Ali G.
edit: then again, he later admits that he was trying to be funny. So now I don't know what to think. At some point in his story he's back peddling. So I'm confused
Posted 19 July 2012 - 10:24 AM
"I took it to a real far off place with Matt Besser's interview, where I pretended...."
If he meant that it wasn't a prank, I can see where his words confused Matt. It sounds like he was trying an Ali G skit with each interview. It was his poor wording in the the phone call that lead to the confusion.
Posted 19 July 2012 - 10:54 AM
Posted 19 July 2012 - 11:06 AM
Posted 19 July 2012 - 11:14 AM
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.
Posted 19 July 2012 - 11:25 AM
Anyway, the other thing I wanted to say about this episode is this:
When Matt and Paul were talking at the start they were talking about things like "real world" and Paul being x-factor in mortal kombat and a point guard and other confusing terms. it's probably not worth explaining that stuff now, but I would've enjoyed some explainations about those terms when they were brought up.
Love this episode.