Saturday, February 16, 2008

coed naked bar hopping?

Okay, here's what happened. On Thursday, one of my co-workers asked if I had seen the obituaries. I had not but there was a copy of the News Sentinel within reach. By coincidence, Terry Morrow, the paper's television columnist, was visiting. We opened the paper and saw the photo my co-worker had noticed. It showed a now-deceased man during happier times. He's wearing a hat that says "Coed Naked Bar Hopping."

Like anyone else would, we laughed about it. Our conversation was not on the air. I knew from past experience that my boss doesn't like me to joke about local deaths on the radio. I told Terry that someone in another market might be able to have fun with it even if I couldn't. We all know that comedy equals tragedy plus time. Sometimes comedy also equals tragedy plus distance. Because Terry and I both know Jimmy Kimmel, we thought it would be a good idea to send the obit to him.

When I got home, I dashed off a fast email to Jimmy. I complimented him on the Matt Damon video and sent a link to the death notice. His one-word reply was "Hilarious!" Quick tangent: I can't wait to see the next volley in the Kimmel/Damon "feud" which reportedly includes Ben Affleck.

Anyway, as I was scanning the Knoxville Blog Network tonight, I saw a link to a post titled "Knoxville on Jimmy Kimmel Live!" As soon as I clicked, I saw the man in the CNBH hat on "The Sunsphere Is Not a Wigshop." The writer explains:
a friend of mine that is a production assistant on the jimmy kimmel live show called me and told me i was the only knoxville connection that anyone on the crew had and they needed a copy of thursday's knoxville news-sentinel.
He spent $30 to FedEx the newspaper to California and says it may turn up on Tuesday night's show (Mondays are usually reruns). Jimmy must have known I would be too cheap to spend the money.

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Blogger D.O.M. Dan said...

With 14 kids, he should have been wearing a hat that said 'coed naked bed hopping'.

Blogger Frank Murphy said...

Thanks to Jack Lail for linking to my site on yesterday. Welcome to all those who clicked through. You're invited to read a few more posts while you're here.

Blogger lucas said...

you totally stole my thunder on the jimmy kimmel live show! 'my friend frank sent this????' oh well. my friend on the show said jimmy had no idea where it actually came from. glad you got 1 second of fame out of the deal. thanks for checking out the sunsphere blog.


Blogger Frank Murphy said...

Hey Lucas,

I posted an update on Thursday night. As you know, all I did was email my friend Jimmy about the obit. Someone on his staff then had to track down the actual newspaper. It's fantastic that you were able to send it. For all the publicity the News Sentinel got, Jack Lail should send you a free KnoxNews cap!



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