Sunday, May 14

Wrong Man

Had to laugh at the story about the London cabbie who suffered an awkward few moments of fame when the BBC mistook him for a computer expert and interviewed him live on the News 24 channel.
The real expert was Guy Kewney, a journalist specialising in computer issues who had been invited to comment on Apple Computer's legal battle with Apple Corps. Awaiting his moment in a back room of the BBC studios last Monday, Kewney glanced idly at the television and was astonished to see that the presenter was supposedly already interviewing him.
But the uneasy-looking black man on the screen bore no resemblance to the bearded, ginger pundit, though he was doing his best to answer questions.
In fact, this 'expert' was the taxi driver who had come to collect Kewney after his interview. But as soon as he had arrived at the BBC building, an excitable assistant had bundled him into the studio and equipped him with a clip-on microphone before he had a chance to protest.


wil said...

A world-renowned scientist was making the rounds of various bookstores following the release of his latest best seller. His publisher has hired a professional driver to transport him. The two men had an instant rapport.

During their travels, the driver says

"You must get bored answering all the questions."

"Yes. It does become mundane at moments."

"I've listened to you for the past week and I bet I could replace you and no one would be the wiser."

"That might be interesting. Lets see what happens at the next stop. I'll be your driver and you substitute for me." He chuckled.

Their next stop, unbeknown to the driver, was a scientific peer review group.

The driver took the stage and actually did pretty good at fielding the inquiries until one poser asked a rather detailed technical question.

Obviously out of his depth, the driver never blinked an eye and responded,

"My dear sir, the answer to that question is so simple that I'll let my 'driver' answer it for me." and handed the microphone to his, uh, "driver".

wil said...

Here is a video of the interview from your post.

MaFt said...

that is so funny!! poor fella! you could see the look of surprise at the start!!


Anonymous said...

That'd make a great plot for a movie... kind of along the lines of that Peter Sellars film 'Being There'.

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