In a theater, no less - the Berkeley Rep! And for a good cause - a school benefit (Park Day, in Oakland). My guess is most people will be there to hear from the Chronicle's No. 1 columnist and a guy I truly admire, but as the structure goes, he's actually interviewing Your Favorite Local TV Critic. Oooooh. I hope he doesn't know about any of my skeletons (shorty robes, a love of "ALF," the fact I barely watched much television before I got the job...I swear, if this turns into a Gitmo waterboarding thing, I'm outta there...).
It's all part of the school's "In Conversation Series" and I'll be lowering the bar substantially by kicking it off (Carroll will interview Leah Garchik in March). But the cool thing is, hey, we're in an actual theater. That could be fun. And I promise to be alert (Diet Coke!), smarter than what is normally on display in these blogs and informative. (Oh, Jesus, I just made Diet Coke come out of my nose on that last one!) At least I'll have some good stories. You don't do the Death March with Cocktails for a decade and come back story-less, my friends.
I'm thinking this is going to be a lot of fun. I'm also a tad nervous. That Carroll knows his television. Perhaps he'll grill me about history? He watches more reality television than I do - so he knows my weakness. Hmmmm. Must prepare.
So, yeah, we're going to do this thing. It should be entertaining and it could even be interesting, Perhaps I'll reveal some intimate personal things about myself (long walks on beaches, herbal tea, horses...uh...). Anyway, Carroll's a pro. I'll bet he's got some good questions. Young children will benefit. And it will probably be the last time I'm on the other side of the interview chair in an actual theater. (Note to self: Bring camera.)
The interview takes place Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Berkeley Repertory's Thrust Theater, (2025 Addison Street, Berkeley; there's a parking garage on the same block if you've never been to the Berkeley Rep). Show starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. It's open seating, so arrive early if want to get a good look at my Hugo Boss suit. Yeah, that's how we roll. (More gems like that on Wednesday night!)
Tickets are $25 ($18 if you're a student with an ID) and can be ordered online here. Hope to see you there.