We get it.
MTV doesn't play music anymore.
Now that you're done making the same tired objection that your uncle made ten years ago, maybe it's time you give the wayward TV station a little credit for at least getting back into the comedy business.
The pair already host an extremely popular weekly podcast You Had To Be There. You might have heard that or caught them as they criss-crossed the country performing in the past twelve months making stops in St. Louis. Nikki performed at places like the Westport Funny Bone, the Too Hip (For A Comedy Club) Hilarious Showcase Spectacular at Foam and The Firebird. Sara headlined at Foam.
Nikki took a few precious minutes away from standing on the edge of mega-celebrity Monday to answer a handful of questions for her adoring hometown public. She'll talk about working at MTV and make a startling revelation about a seemingly empty vessel. I'll put my foot in my mouth and insult her father.
[Disclosure: Nikki gave me permission to refer to her as a "pal." I'm not a guest on the first show, so, I really don't see it. Actually, we've performed together a few times and get along perfectly well despite the contentious nature of the interview.]
Kris Wernowsky: Most of us don't have a late-night cable television talk show. Now that you are just days away, can you explain what these last few hours before going live feel like?
It feels like sitting in a chair and getting your hair and makeup done. I do that for two hours before putting on a mic and walking to the studio. Maybe I'll sit there with Sara and go over the script, but mostly I'll just try to keep the conversation as light as possible. I'll ask my makeup guy about his love life or something. Before a big show of any kind, I like to just act as normal as possible. There's no point to get nervous. It doesn't help me perform at my best so I try to delay that feeling for as long as possible.
MTV has a rich history of comedy. Most of us remember seeing Dennis Leary, Colin Quinn and Adam Sandler on Remote Control or Mario Joyner hosting the Half-Hour Comedy Hour. You're even taking over a time-slot once held by Jon Stewart. Also, let's not forget its history of unintentional comedy (Alternative Nation, late Real Worlds, teen moms). Now that the network is seemingly entering a new phase of comedy, do you feel any sense of responsibility to its past?
No. MTV looks nothing like it did in the '90s. It doesn't even look like what it looked like five years ago. My only responsibility is to be as funny and genuine as possible. I'll just want to do the best I can for myself. And believe me, that bar is high.
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