This week, TDQ interviews businessman and former talk show host Michael Essany. Michael had his own TV show, “The Michael Essany Show” at 14, and moved it to E! a few years later. Pretty much makes your teenage years sound pretty lame, doesn’t it? He spoke to us about his role in the Royal Wedding, the challenges of hosting a talk show and Police Academy movies. Here is Part 1 of our TDQ Q&A with Michael Essany:
The Daily Quarterly: How did you hear about thedailyquarterly.com?
Michael Essany: I was having a Zima with Prince William after his tux fitting and I asked what that was on his iPad.
TDQ: How excited were you that The Daily Quarterly asked you for an interview?
Essany: Let’s just say I can now die a fulfilled human being.
TDQ: Would you say it’s the BEST news site on the web, or is it THE MOST IMPORTANT news site on the web?
Essany: That’s like asking to compare Police Academy films. Each is a beautiful work of cinematic art.
TDQ: How old were you when “The Michael Essany Show,” filmed in your parents’ livingroom, first aired?
TDQ: Tell us about transitioning from a small-town show to getting your show on E!
Essany: It’s really funny because I never really felt as though there was a transition. I was simply continuing to do the work I had always done – and loved to do – except now a much larger audience was tuning in. Fame never really interested me. I simply loved hosting that show.
TDQ: Who are your influences?
Essany: I am a fan of traditional, old-school comedians from a different era. From Johnny Carson to Garry Shandling, my favorite comedic performers aren’t necessarily those who occupy contemporary stages most frequently.
TDQ: As I recall, one of your main goals in doing the talk show was to get David Letterman on. Did you ever get to meet him or talk to him?
Essany: I never met Dave, but we’ve communicated. He was one of the first people in the business to reach out to me after I landed the show on E! to wish me well. Gave me great advice and truly showed what a class act he is.
TDQ: Are you on Twitter? If yes, why aren’t you following @dailyquarterly?
Essany: I am on Twitter, but I don’t follow @dailyquarterly because it proves too much of a distraction from work.
TDQ: Better source of news using social media? thedailyquarterly.com online or @dailyquarterly on Twitter?
Essany: See above Police Academy reference.
Part 2 of our TDQ Q&A with Michael Essany will run next Friday