Ashley’s report of Steve’s visit to the Apple Store
My friend, who I dragged along for the ride, and I took a 4:47 train from Long Island into Penn Station, thinking that arriving at 6:30 will be sufficient. When we got to the Apple store, there was a line wrapped from the front and all the way down the block next to the store. We were pessimistic — there were a lot of people in front of us and even more lining up behind us!
The presentation was set to begin at 9:00 and around 8:50 we started thinking we should just pack it in. The line had moved slightly but we weren’t going anywhere. I left my friend to hold our spot and I went around to the front to see what was going on. To my surprise, a black towncar pulled up and Stephen Colbert got out and ran inside! Now I was very excited.
The line began to move and they started piling people inside. My friend had to wave me down because I never thought we’d make it but we got in and was in the standing room area. Which was perfect! We had a direct view of the small stage.
At this point it was 9:20 and the Apple man was telling us about the movie and the stars – then he announced Stephen Colbert was the guest moderator!
So Stephen comes out with Steve, but Stephen berates him because he wasn’t able to give him a proper intro. Steve walks off stage and Stephen introduces him again — then, one of the best moments of the night — the Steves stands up and sing the Star Spangled Banner. No, I don’t know what triggered it, but it was hilarious.
The first 10 minutes here were just Steve and Stephen, talking about how they got started in Second City and one of their skits ‘Maya’ where Steve’s character comes home with Stephen for a break from college to find out Stephen is an ‘old black lady’ when she/he goes home. They couldn’t stop laughing about it.
Steve also got serious with Stephen, which Stephen said he was not suited for emotional interactions with Steve because they usually just rib on each other all the time. He praised his show for being so smart and successful and said that all of his own success is directly attributed to Jon Stewart, The Daily Show and things he has done with Colbert.
Colbert then did a run-down of famous lines from the original Get Smart series with Steve saying if he says them in the movie. Stephen gets to the end and says, “Do you say … ‘This is the second biggest [blank] I’ve seen’,” and Steve says “No, I don’t say that — but my wife says it all the time!” That got great laughs from the audience.
After awhile Anne came out and she was very funny and nice. Stephen mentioned that she was very raunchy on set and would tell jokes that made Steve and Dwayne Johnson blush. She then went on to tell one of those jokes and I will refrain from writing it here as to not offend anyone — but it was hilarious.
Stephen even brought up the story about her having conjunctivitis and making out with Steve, and she said that is a true story. Steve said making out with her is great ‘through all the pus.’ Stephen also told Anne he admires that she lives in NYC and not the ‘black hole’ that is L.A, which sucks all the actors out there.
At this point, Stephen opened up the floor to fan Q&A. I had two questions waiting, one for Anne and one for Steve, but knowing this is the only chance I’d have I decided if I got picked I would talk to Steve. I was the second person picked, and Stephen pointed to me and said “young lady in the back.”
Ok, first off, I just got called ‘young lady’ by Stephen Colbert so now I am very nervous. And I have to ask Steve my question. So I literally blank. I said, “Oh wow. I am so nervous I am forgetting my question.” Steve laughed and I said, “Oh! I remember it! Are there any characteristics from Michael Scott that are visible in Maxwell Smart and vice versa?”
Steve responded by saying that they are both people who mean well and want to do the right thing. Maxwell is a character that is much more self-aware than Michael, because Michael just says whatever he wants with no filter. This whole time he was looking directly at me and I was in awe that at that moment, I was in my own little world with Steve Carell.
I don’t remember a lot of the Q&A because I was so excited after mine. This one did stand out though — one girl stood up and said, “I am here with my group of sexually inexperienced friends. Is it true that if you don’t use it, you lose it?” Steve said yes that is very true and that you should always use it — “in fact, I think you should use it right now!”
The night ended so quickly and Stephen ended the questioning with his own question but honestly I forgot what it was. They rigged it nicely that the actors got to leave and they showed us an extended trailer of the movie. So Steve, Colbert and Anne got to exit without any crazy fan mania. The trailer was funny and now that I’ve heard what the actors think about it, I really want to see it!
So that’s it! And don’t forget the podcast will be available on iTunes in the coming days — just search ‘Get Smart.’