When it actually happened - recorded on Curtis' TV
Who says AT readers aren't serious? Who says we're not on the front lines of home design culture?? To counter any naysayers, we have this email from Curtis, who stormed the gates with a singular goal: meeting Martha.
And yes he did.
Here's his blow-by-blow account from yesterday morning. Thanks, Curtis!!
I DID get on Martha!
We couldn't take photos until the very end, so what I'm sending were taken at that point with my regular digital camera. I arrived at 7:40, a full 50 minutes earlier than I had to be, and there was no queue outside, so I thought I was the first one there [see flickr at right]. I showed up to the door and was rushed inside and put through an airport-style security thing with very polite and attractive staffing it.
Curtis on the actual set with pictures
Curtis with producer Suzanne (a very smart woman)
One checks one's coat, etc., and gets a coatcheck number and gets a couple of forms to fill out -- a release waiver thing, and another thing to let the producers know what you've brought, etc. You're also given a seating number (Mine was 19).
I was among the first to arrive, and eventually a small, thin perky, affable and very smart woman named Suzanne came around to ask people about the items they had brought in. When I showed her my pair of paint-by-number paintings of Paris and Night with West Streets and the photographs of the mural, both "after" and "at the blue lines and numbers stage", she seemed to "get it" immediately, and so after she left, the woman next to me said, "She did a huge highlighting on your sheet, so I think you'll definitely speak to Martha." Well, I was hopeful, but not convinced.
Where it all happens
But at a certain point, Suzanne started taking certain people away and said, "Paint by numbers?" I said, "Yes?" "Come with me!" She assigned me #2 of only 5 people who would end up speaking to Martha from the audience. I was so excited I could barely see straight.
Joey the warm-up guy was this bespectacled teddy bear guy who showed us all the signals we'd need to respond to, to make the applause happen right, and when to fade out and listen to her. Another Joey, the stage manager cued HIM, and Suzanne was (wisely) coaching us
5 pre-set people to speak clearly, hold our item right in front of us, and speak quickly. Another guy put microphones on each of 5 people, and someone else placed us exactly where they wanted us along the aisle.
Jamie Lee Curtis (no relation) was the guest and she talked about Habro, for which she is the spokesperson, and all the audience members got Scrabble games!
Curtis - wearing a mic
Anyway, I had gone there by myself, but they ended up putting me next to a blonde woman named Karen from the Mid-West who gracious took a couple of photos of me, and also held my 8"x10" photos of my mural, so I could grab them after showing my actual vintage paint-by-number paintings to the camera and to Martha.
It all went so smoothly I was ecstatic. Afterwards, they had to do some little promo things for which they still needed an audience, so by the time they let us out, the actually airing of the show was in progress (it was taped at 10am, and aired at 11am) I managed to go to Best Buy to try to watch the show on one of their TV's. (As it turned out they use some kind of closed-circuit thing to show off their TV's - so if you EVER go on MARTHA, don't go to Best Buy!) So, then I went across the street JUST in time to go into the P.C. Richards and DID see my segment like 3 minutes after I got there!
At PC Richards looking for his appearance just after the show
They gave me a $50 gift certificate on eBay, and then gave the whole audience one, as well. So, that was a wonderful thing to have for Christmas gifts this year!
Afterwards, I did get to take a couple of photographs, which I've attached hereto, including with Suzanne.
No... none with Martha, herself. Heck, I was actually on TV with HER! That was good enough for me!!!!