So now I know what it feels like to be that Country Mouse. After some great discussions with producers at the Nate Berkus show, they invited us to drop by CBS and experience a live taping for an upcoming episode. Country Mouse, meet City Mouse. After shooting at the cozy Daily Grommet studio (sans audience) this was definitely a “bright lights, big city” experience.
It’s kind of a bucket list thing … going to a live show. At least that’s how my companion for the show (Jenn Eastman from SHIFT) put it. And she’s right. If you haven’t had the experience, I highly recommend it.
From being ushered into the VIP waiting room (thanks for the great tix, Nate) to watching his production team strategically “place” the audience and warm the crowd up (“If Nate talks to you, talk to him!! He’s a real guy … don’t just stare at him and be all weird!”), I was in awe of what a well-oiled machine this was.
And guess what? Turns out Nate is a real guy. And when he talks to the audience, he just … talks.
He talks about how he still (“at age 39”) calls his mom to ask how you can tell when spaghetti’s done … he playfully pretends to gag when his celeb guest makes goo goo eyes at her hubby in the audience (I feel like I shouldn’t reveal who it is until the segment airs … or is it already out there in TV Guide, or whatever the online equivalent of that is? I didn’t sign a non-disclosure did I?) … he stuffs a few petit fours from a display into his mouth while waiting for the “commercial break” … he scrambles to put on Chapstick (ha!) during the countdown … and when he messes up (yes, even the pro’s get a little tongue tied) he bursts out laughing and clowns around.
Funny, likeable guy.
And by the way, because I just can’t help myself, I spotted a potential Grommet while at the show. I wasn't surprised since Nate obviously has his finger on the pulse of great design and cool finds. If it makes it onto the site, we’re crediting you, Nate Berkus (and your still-shall-not-be-named mystery guest) as our finders. Send us a picture … or hey, come visit your country cousins and be in OUR video!
(Oh - I have to apologize for the uncharacteristic lack of original photos – simply not allowed. CBS: Please don’t get mad that we grabbed this official photo instead!)