Well, it’s 11:00 am, and I’m waking up after what was easily the most absurd experience of my life (this, 2 weeks after being surrounded by 100,000 penguins.) Last night, a limo came and picked me and 6 friends up, drove us to the NBC studios in Burbank, pulled into the artist entrance, and dropped us off backstage for the Tonight Show.
They put me into a dressing room, and then 2 minutes later, I see Steve Carrell walk into his dressing room RIGHT NEXT DOOR! I was expecting they’d put him in like a villa, and me in the garage, but they put us right NEXT TO EACH OTHER!
I wasn’t able to eat, and have a tendency to get slurry when I drink, so I thought I’d hold back. The interview went as well as I could have possibly hoped (with the exception of getting to mention happyjoel.com) and when my klondike video played, Steve Carrell was actually laughing out loud.
Then, when the commercial break happens, Steve Carrell leans over to me and says “Pretty surreal, isn’t it?” Which is the single most meta-surreal thing I could imagine. “Yes, Steve Carrell who is responsible for some of my favorite movies and TV shows and who is now sitting next to me and laughing at my jokes while I’m on the couch of the most popular late night talk show, and 6 million people are watching – this is pretty surreal.”