Flew into Dallas and went straight to our screening at SMU. I love going back to college. Went down into the basement of the student center where TYFS was playing in the school theater. Next to the entrance of the theater, laid out over a dozen tables, was a Christian Books and Bible Fair. It occurred to me at that moment that “Southern Methodist University” could be a fairly religious school… The students who were hosting our screening assured me that it was nothing of the sort. Phew. I’m not ready to answer those questions.
Great Q&A. It went on for over a half hour and the poster signing went on about the same. One girl came up and told me her boyfriend was a huge Bill Macy fan. I signed a poster to him as follows: Sean, Stop jerking off to Macy, You Perv.
The next day was the usual press. First off was “Good Morning Texas”. The host just loved TYFS. I haven’t quite gotten used to the live morning show thing. It’s crazy to know I’m being watched live. All I keep thinking is - Whatever you do, don’t swear. On the show before me was Howard Stern’s girlfriend Beth. We spoke shortly. I mentioned that my father produced “Private Parts” and she lit up. She was well aware of “Thank You For Smoking”. She and Howard are apparently both excited about seeing it. I’m trying to get a screening set up for them.
Then, I went on a radio show called Pugs and Kelly. They were a fun duo, originally from Chicago. Pugs (the guy) is a huge David Koechner fan. Koechner plays the gun lobbyist in TYFS, but you probably know him best as Champ in “Anchorman”. I saw David for the first time in a band called the Naked Trucker that plays at Largo in LA. They’re out-of-control hilarious. What impressed me most was that Pugs had a Naked Trucker song cued up and ready to go.
Lunch was at Mia’s, home of the award winning brisket tacos. They were awesome. Well deserving of their accolades. From there, I went to my final Dallas interview. This young woman from a webzine came in to interview me. She set down a digital recorder and a mic and began asking questions. Something was a bit off, but I couldn’t quite place it. She seemed just a touch nervous. After the interview, she revealed that it was her first interview ever and that she had drank two beers before coming over to calm her nerves.
I said, “You gave me your interview virginity and didn’t even tell me?” Later on, she sent me an e-mail to let me know she had plugged the mic into the headphone jack and had recorded nothing. She now plans on doing the piece on how she downed a couple beers and blew the interview. It will probably make a better story.