I went out to California back in 2010 to photograph a wedding. While I was out there… I was able to spend a week with one of my best friend Jason Carrier at his place… He asked me if there was anything I wanted to do while I was out there… I immediately said.. “I want to go to the Jimmy Kimmel Show“!! Jason being the awesome guy that he is.. Got us tickets to the show…. On our way there..We got stuck in traffic… I was freaking out because we only had 10 minutes before the show started and we still needed to park the car… Jason let me out and I ran up to the building where the Jimmy Kimmel show took place… The doorman said..If you buddy isn’t here in a minute… You guys can’t come in or..I could go and Jason would not be allowed in.. Jason was just across the street… Traffic was crazy and he couldn’t cross.. The door man said.. Come on.. You are either in our out… Jason made it just in the nick of time… They immediately ushered us to our seats… The music was playing and the show was just literally starting.. Jason and I had to sit apart since we were so late… They sat us way up in the back.. I could barely see… Then out of the blue.. Somebody in the audience got up and left and the usher told me to sit where that person was… It was a great seat… I was about 10 sections away from the stairs…
Suddenly Jimmy Kimmel comes out of nowhere and introduces himself to us.. He says we need to be loud yet respectful… He goes away and a warm up comedian comes out to warm us up with some jokes and tells us what we need to do throughout the show… Clap and be loud when a guest comes out and stuff like that.. He leaves and Jimmy comes back out..
This is where he real fun starts…. Jimmy says… “I am going to be doing a skit and need a member of our studio audience … Please raise your hand if you want to be a part of this skit”…. Fo some reason..I just raised my hand…. He looked right at me and asked me my name.. ‘STEW” I yelled back… “Where ya from Stew?” Jimmy replied… “Boston,Mass”!! I yelled back… ( now…. I just need to say this… I lived in Rumford, Maine up until the age of 22… Then I lived in Providence for 3 years, moved to Portland, Maine from 1994 to 2009… I just moved to Beverly, Mass and found myself on the show… I know the chances of me living in Maine again are very slim and know everyone can identify with boston,Mass so that is why I said that is where I live… I have always loved Boston and call Boston my home! ( Although truth be told..I do live in Beverly…)
“Come on up Stew!!” Jimmy said… So I get up out of my chair and go to the stage and stand by jimmy… It was very surreal!! Crazy!! I think I was going in and out of some black out phase… No joke!! He starts talking with me.. my responses made the crowd and him laugh… That is all I remember… I remember thinking to myself.. “Oh my God!!… I’m making Jimmy Kimmel Laugh as well as everyone else”!! It was crazy!! Jimmy then tells me I need to go Back stage and the people will tell me what I need to do… I remember seeing Jimmys Uncle Frank and Guillermo and shaking hands with them.. As I get back stage… I have the people showing me what i need to do and showing me my lines… I remember I started freaking out a little as I knew there was no way i would remember all those lines.. I was starting to panic a little.. As I was watching this video they made.. One lady put a pen in my hand and started having me sign paper work… It was all a blur from there… Next thing I know.. I’m back on the stage with Jimmy… We banter for a minute and asks me if I have any idea what is about to happen… I knew what was going to happen but I ended up saying… “I have no clue”… If you listen to me on the video..That is total panic in my voice!!
I run back stage.. 4 people start dressing me and putting a mic up my shirt… I hear my line and start knocking on the door…. No mind you..I have no idea what I look like and have pretty much forgotten everything these people have told me back stage…. Everything was just really blurry… Something took over me and I just went for it…. I remember being so thankful they had cue cards for me… We go through the skit.. There is one point Jimmy grabs the box from me.. I hold it and don’t let him open it..That was my part..You can then see me ope the box and jimmy grabs the phone out of it… The skit ends with me telling him we should go play hacky sack in the quad… I did not make that up.. It was part of the skit but so many people have asked me if i improvised that part… I am like..Are you kiding me/??!! lol
By far… This experience was one of the funniest and greatest moments of my life.. Right up there in my top 10!! It was cool because a few days later.. Somebody called me from the show and asked me if i wanted to go hang out in the green room during a taping… Unfortunately it was the same day I came back home.