Did you see the talented comedian Howie Mandel (@HowieMandel) videobomb Fox LA LIVE Newscast last week?! That was an awesome moment! And we (a few friends and I) were guilty as charged in coaxing Howie to make his impromptu LIVE TV appearance! Here is the funny clip of Howie Mandel #videobomb Fox LA LIVE Newscast!
So why am I an accessory and why are we guilty as charged? What roles did we play in coaxing Howie? Well, you are in for a special treat! "Crimes/pranks" have rarely been captured like this, from the inception, to the coaxing, to the actual execution, and then the final we laughing our heads off all over a few short minutes! Have a watch of how we created this magical #videobomb moment right in our Fox LA Google+ Hangout!
I just LOVE Howie in his quick witted spontaneity, you just can't fake stuff like this. I first met and listened to Howie live when he came to the yearly Banff World Media Festival in 2011 to receive an award of distinction. You can watch this very entertaining non-stop funny "In Conversation with: Award of Distinction Winner, Howie Mandel" (with transcript). Here is an excerpt,
"Everything I've ever been punished for, expelled for, hit for, is what I seem to get paid for and now I'm being distinguished for it, but the thing is the people who supported me are the people who love like, and those were few and far between, my family and my friends, but when I got into this business, what's amazing is it's such a group effort so any cameraman that I've ever worked with, any script writer that I've ever worked with, any producer, network executive or anything, they've all supported me and made this possible.
All I do really, and this is what Woody Allen says, is “I just show up.” 90% of success is just showing up and I've always done that from day one, from when my career started. I didn't even have a career, I wasn't pursuing a careers. I'm still not really pursuing a career. I'm not, I showed up at Yuk Yuks in April 1977 I showed up at Yuk Yuks because I don't dance, and didn't like going to discos and they'd opened a comedy club in Toronto and I showed up to see a show and I was fascinated [...]"
I can't speak more highly of Howie as great comedian and as a frank, blunt and honest person willing to talk about his own life challenges. And if you have time, also watch this insightful interview of Howie by Howard Stern which I watched to prepare my Google+ Hangout questions for Howie.
Concluding Thoughts about our Google+ magic
I'm a Google+ Hangout News Consultant and I've been using using Google+ Hangout since the beginning in July 2011 and Google+ Hangout On Air (G+ HOA) since its launch in September 2011. To me, G+ HOA is one of the most powerful new broadcasting tools available. But like in the world of cooking, even if you have a great knife, an awesome mixer, etc you still have to have great chefs and first rate ingredients to create magic!
And in our first 2013 Fox LA Google+ Hangout with Howie Mandel, that magic was created because our guest Howie rocked and We rocked! Who are we? We are our host Maria Quiban, and co-hosts Anthony Ramos, DeAno Jackson, Jimmy Louis, Kempton Lam (me), Kim Beasley, Matt Moore, Paul Roustan, Sheila B. DuBois, Stormy Henderson (screen thumbnail order from left to right).
Let me repeat, I really think Google+ Hangout On Air is one of the most powerful new broadcasting tools available. When used "correctly" and well, it can be a great tool to help TV stations/broadcasters to reach out to their viewers. Think of what weaker 3r or 4th ranking stations can do to gain an edge over the leaders in their markets! TV is no longer one-way, no longer the old school one to many! Now, your TV can talk back to you, really! TV is now bi-directional, two-way enabled when G+ HOA is used! And yes, did I say I'm a Google+ Hangout News Consultant in addition to being an independent reporter?