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Old August 17th, 2006, 08:28 PM   #1
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Would you hire this guy?

This is part of a demo reel for an aspiring TV reporter.

http://emeryvideo.com/media/sampson.wmv

Would you hire this guy to be a reporter?

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Old August 17th, 2006, 08:30 PM   #2
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In a word. No. Is he lisping intentionally? It sounds that way. Look is fine, but reporting isn't about what the person looks like as long as they aren't slobs, it's about how they can communicate the news in a 'standard' voice.
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Old August 17th, 2006, 10:01 PM   #3
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heck ya, i'd hire him in a sec. I actually enjoyed watching him even though I understood almost nothing of what he was saying. News is boring anyways, at least he was fun to watch.
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Old August 17th, 2006, 10:32 PM   #4
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hmm, two contrasting, but good points

I wouldn't hire him for a second, it sounds like a joke!
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Old August 17th, 2006, 10:37 PM   #5
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So that's one for hiring, two against.

Well, the fact is... it was just a comedy bit.

Steve Sampson is just a character based on a guy I used to work in radio with. BTW Jacob, I am a former award winning radio news reporter. Yes the Sampson voice was fake. You can hear my real voice in this clip. (Oh yeah, the beard and hair was fake too, as was the background and the handheld prop mic, and the story.)

http://emeryvideo.com/media/DMC2.wmv

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Old August 17th, 2006, 11:05 PM   #6
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That was pretty funny.
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Old August 18th, 2006, 12:23 AM   #7
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Haha, I thought it was real until I realized almost every word had an 's' in it. Nice work!
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Old August 18th, 2006, 05:56 AM   #8
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Ha, I also thought it was real! Funny... good job
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Old August 18th, 2006, 07:00 AM   #9
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Umm, is that a picture behind him?
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Old August 18th, 2006, 07:21 AM   #10
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Yes, it is a still frame taken during a quiet time around the VAB (during missions, it is a madhouse with a full parking lot). And the astronaut name is made up, too.
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Old August 18th, 2006, 08:32 AM   #11
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Very funny, It looked like one of the "live" backgrounds on the daily show. This would have fit in nicely on that program.
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Old August 18th, 2006, 12:58 PM   #12
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So that's one for hiring, two against.

Well, the fact is... it was just a comedy bit.

Steve Sampson is just a character based on a guy I used to work in radio with. BTW Jacob, I am a former award winning radio news reporter. Yes the Sampson voice was fake. You can hear my real voice in this clip. (Oh yeah, the beard and hair was fake too, as was the background and the handheld prop mic, and the story.)

http://emeryvideo.com/media/DMC2.wmv

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I'd hire him as a dishwasher 'cause as a reporter or a comedian(or comic) he'd starve. I only hope that news reporting or comedy are not his passions in life.
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Old August 18th, 2006, 07:02 PM   #13
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I'd hire him as a dishwasher 'cause as a reporter or a comedian(or comic) he'd starve. I only hope that news reporting or comedy are not his passions in life.

Yeah... but how do you really feel?

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Old August 20th, 2006, 08:53 PM   #14
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Listen to an old Cheech & Chong bit called "Wake Up America." Sounds exactly like this.
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Old August 20th, 2006, 09:45 PM   #15
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John,

I can't remember that bit very well. Was that the one with "Herendo Revolver" or something like that name?

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