Friday, November 02, 2007
I got booked on/for a pre-recorded sketch for Mad TV
With a 6pm calltime, I was able to do my regular temp day job, then head home to change, and got there by 5:30pm.
Another backgrounder was also being used for the scene.
He and I waited in the production studio rehearsal room, watching Comedy Central
(the only station the room's large flat-screen wall TV would receive),
until we were shuttled to set, on Highland, just north of Franklin.
The sketch is a presidential candidate ad for a native American, played by
Keegan Michael Key.
My aspect of the scene was set in a native American casino, friendly
(who'd pleasantly introduced herself to us on the ride over from the production studios to the set location, mentioning her
did a quick bit of lines to the camera for her bit.
This was followed by who I was told was
at a blackjack table, at which I'm sitting
(I'm wearing my glasses and blue flannel shirt).
He gives his own thoughts to the camera on why their man should be a candidate
(remember, I don't do spoilers...),
and he ends with suggesting I split my two aces showing.
I later suspected this to be mistaken information, as years later I would work on a sketch for their Comedy Central series
Key and Peele,
and and I'm rather certain the actor in my scene was not Jordan Peele.
After a couple of takes, he and I were wrapped
(Anjelah was wrapped when her bit was done).
The other backgrounder did a third segment, sitting at the bar with another cast member had his bit.
I was wrapped so I was able to get some of the Chinese food in the nearby room.
They had the best and spiciest pepper steak I think I've ever had.
Assistant stage manager
signed me out, and as we were already within walking distance to my place, I didn't take their shuttle all the way back to the production studios.
I was home within ten or fifteen minutes.
The good part was it didn't run so late, and considering being
I was lucky
didn't just steal my
private-sector compensation for my labour,
as it is wont to do.