Ten Reasons I am Qualified
I wonder if there is any place I can audition to become a talk show host? Let me modestly say I believe I have the talents to be the next star of a news show or a talk show on national TV. Even though I am not blond (does white hair count?), beautiful, Irish or British, after watching some of these shows, I seem to have other necessary prerequisite skills.
- I am always right about everything (always have been) and willing to remind listeners and guests of that fact.
- I have a passable voice but, most important of all, I can be loud and/or shrill when necessary.
- I can interrupt anyone at any time having practiced this skill for many years with my wife, children and others, especially at family gatherings (other than funerals).
- I can also talk over others when what I want to say is obviously more important than what they are saying.
- I know how to ask a question and then refuse to let the guest answer it by virtue of skill number four.
- I know how to ask a leading, off-the-subject, off-the-wall, personal or embarrassing question just to see my guests squirm uncomfortably.
- I am confident (and how!) I can invite an “expert” on to my show to interview and then prove I know more about their field than he or she does. This is especially important for guests I disagree with or don’t particularly like.
- I can also talk so much that we run out of time to let the expert explain whatever it is that they are experts of/on/about.
- I am adept at interviewing authors without ever reading any of their books except the title, the introduction, the conclusion and the cover notes. I’m going to cut them off at three minutes flat anyway.
- When someone is too disgusted with my tactics to appear on my show, I have a number of things I can call them: Pinhead, dweeb, coward, sleazy, etc.
Finally, I don’t care what everybody else is saying, I am not a narcissist.