Hometown: Wayne, NJ
Position: I’m kind of the kicker. I’m always there, I have a very specific skill set, I work hard when I need to and I’ll sometimes surprise you by winning the game.
Favorite Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3
Least Favorite Nickname: Skeeter
AOTB: What do you do on AOTS?
I produce various segments including Web Tools, Go Hack Yourself, As Seen on TV, Quick Hit, Kings of Dot Comedy, Who’s Who on YouTube and The Feed. That means I have to find and research sites/apps/YouTube celebrities/games, write the scripts, gather or shoot the footage and hand all of that over to one of our editors who cuts each segment into 2 – 3 minutes worth of television. That’s how we make TV magic.
AOTB: What is your favorite moment from the show?
First, here’s a classic favorite moment from The Screen Savers: We enjoyed playing practical jokes on the set and I probably should have gotten fired for this but, I changed one of our co-host’s lines in the teleprompter to say, “… and I’m not wearing any pants.” The co-host, Dan Huard was also my roommate and I honestly didn’t think he would actually read the lines, but, he did and the rest is history.
I’m going to have to say, my favorite AOTS moment was during our 1,000th episode when Kevin finally realized his dream of catching a greased pig with his bare hands. The unplanned part where the pig escaped the little pen we had set up was one of those awesome live TV moments.
AOTB: You have quite a history with the show. Tell us about it.
This is a really long story, so go grab a coffee and come back. I started as an intern on TechTV’s Call for Help. Back then, the interns ran the teleprompter during the show and sent out the prizes to the show’s callers. I was such an awesome intern that I was hired on staff as a production assistant for The Screen Savers. Then, I moved into the control room as the show’s line producer. The line producer keeps the show to time, talking to the on-air hosts through those little dealies in their ears during the show. That way, they know how much time is left in each segment and when to wrap up interviews and such. The show moved down to Los Angeles from San Francisco. We started a new show called Attack of the Show, loosely based on the format of The Screen Savers. I became a segment producer. My job then, as it pretty much is now, inventing or finding interesting tech hacks and discovering cool websites, events and guests who we can invite onto the show.
AOTB: Do you have any passions outside of working at G4?
I enjoy reading computer manuals, seriously. For the last couple of years, I’ve been slowly teaching myself how to code websites using the Ruby on Rails framework (the stuff Twitter is built on). I haven’t coded anything worthwhile yet. I also dabble in photography, but can’t afford any decent lenses and have a very small vegetable garden in my postage-stamp sized backyard.
AOTB: So, how's it hanging?/ What it is?
I’m keeping calm and carrying on.
AOTB: Did you go to school to do what you do?
I went to college and got a degree in marketing, which landed me a job promoting TechTV in shopping malls across the USA in 2002. That’s how I got hired as an intern. Before I worked at TechTV, I also went to Full Sail, a technical school in Orlando to learn TV and multimedia production. Full Sail made me into an even bigger geek, but I really did need that marketing degree or I would have never been hooked up with an internship at TechTV.
AOTB: Who is your favorite artist?
I’m going to say Shigeru Miyamoto is my favorite artist. I know he’s not a traditional artist, but if a video game can be considered art, then Miyamoto is DaVinci, Picasso, Beethoven, Fellini and Warhol.
AOTB: Where does it end?
It doesn’t end. The Screen Saver’s executive producer likened that 90 minute show to a monster with an insatiable appetite for content. You have to keep feeding it and feeding it and it’s never, ever enough. AOTS is also a hungry, hungry monster. If you don’t feed it content, it eats television producers.
AOTB: What upcoming movie are you most looking forward to seeing and what videogame are you most looking forward to playing?
I just saw the trailer for Kick Ass and that movie looks like it could be awesome. I’m always looking forward to the next Star Trek movie, so there’s that. Video games are a touchy subject with me. 3D games with perceived motion make me motion sick. That includes all first person shooters, 3D platformers like Super Mario Galaxy and racing games like Mario Kart. That’s a bummer, because I love video games. I’ve already made peace with my ailment and am currently enjoying the 2.5D games, Super Mario Wii and The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks.
AOTB: What is your biggest regret from elementary school?
I’ve never learned to play a musical instrument. They were auditioning drummers for the school band and everyone wanted to play the drums. So, every kid in the fifth grade class got a pair of these red and blue wooden sticks and we all got up on stage. Then, the music teacher started playing some crappy 80s music (it was the 80s) and we had to bang the sticks together in time with the music. Elementary school kids don’t have much rhythm and I was no exception. My friend Jen was the best according to our music teacher, Mrs. Mackey. After that, Jen not only played the drums in 5th grade band, she played the drums all through Jr. High and High School (probably on through college, too). Damn you, Jen!
AOTB: What's your favorite event that G4 covers?
I am a sucker for CES: 3D televisions, color e-ink, multi-touch tablet computers. Future technology is what I live for.