Show In The Hallway Episode 6 (S2)

From The Producers of the Howard Stern Tv Show

A few real life events led to the conception of the final episode of season 2, “In The Bag”. For example one part of the story really did happen. Sal drove into Manhattan on a weekend and parked in the parking garage where Gary parks. When Sal went to pay the attendant told him he can park in Gary’s spot for free because Gary is never in on the weekends. After this true event Sal imagined it could be easy for him rent out Gary’s parking spot for half price. Sal didn’t do this but it did inspire one of the storylines for “In The Bag.”

The second real life event that impacted this episode was the chance meeting of one of the actors. Co-director Jason Katz and I were walking through Penn Station when we met Alex, a midget street performer dressed like Michael Jackson and dancing to his songs. This was months before season 2 was even in pre-production but we both know we had to have Little Alex on the second season. Alex didn’t speak English too well and it was tough getting a hold of him on the phone. There were times when he wouldn’t return our calls for weeks and we were worried we might miss out on the chance to work with him. Alex finally got in touch with us and it’s a good thing he did because he delivered a few of the funniest images in “Show In The Hallway” history.

Show In The Hallway Episode 5 (S2)

From The Producers of the Howard Stern Tv Show

Season 2 of “Show In The Hallway” is full of celebrity cameos. You’ll see appearances by Richard Lewis, Jim Breuer, Robert Schimmel, Jerry O’Connell, and Colin Quinn among others. Surprisingly, filming with a scene with someone like Colin Quinn is a bit different than doing a scene with JD or Scott the Engineer. Here’s how shooting “Show In The Hallway” works with a celebrity works like Colin Quinn as an example.

Co-director Jason Katz and I saw Colin’s name on the schedule of upcoming guests on the Stern Show and we both immediately knew that we wanted a comic of his stature to be a part of the show. The procedure for shooting with celebrities has been to ask them to do the scene the day they come into the studio to do the show. Luckily Colin was a down to earth guy and agreed to do the scene with Sal and Doug Goodstein. Out of respect to the celebrities we shoot one take or sometimes two takes max. We do this for a few reasons.

Usually the celebrity has limited time because they are doing other shows that day. Also, we don’t want to take advantage of them because they do the scene for free. The celebrity by this point has also done a pre-interview with HTV, Howard’s interview, a post-interview with HTV, an interview with Lisa G, and maybe even audio drops for the Wrap Up Show or another show. We don’t want to stretch them too thin so five minutes seems appropriate. Since, we have only about five minutes with them so we need to be on top of our game.

Colin didn’t receive a script but was briefed by us on what the scene was about. Like a consummate professional he knew exactly what we wanted and executed the scene perfectly. Colin Quinn’s scene is in episode 2 entitled “Mr. Lotto”. Check it out. I promise you want be disappointed.

Show In The Hallway Episode 1 (S1)

From The Producers of the Howard Stern Tv Show

Shooting this pilot posed some unique challenges for our team. The goal was to film our actor as a cab driver taking Sal to a porn shop, but we had no actual cab for him to drive. After much consideration, we decided it was best to simply hail a cab and offer the driver money to let us film -not the wisest tactic.

We hailed a willing cab outside of the Sirius offices in Midtown Manhattan, but of course, no parking! Because there were too many people to fit into one car, co-producer Jason Katz and I followed on foot as we chased the cab all over Manhattan looking for a place to park and film. Just as we thought the shoot would be a total bust our cab driver for hire found the last parking space in Manhattan. Sweating and out of breath, Jason and I finally caught up with Sal and the rest of the crew. Our cabbie stepped out, our actor stepped in, and shooting began. Unfortunately, things proved to get even more tricky.

In the cab scene, comedian Laura Nikifortchuk is knocked to the ground, resulting in a bloody nose. Screaming at the top of her lungs, with fake blood all over her face, Laura was upsetting passers by who had no idea we were filming. One visibly upset woman emphatically urged Laura to sue the cab company. We pulled her aside and explained she had just ruined a great take. In retrospect, I suppose we should have been more surprised by those that walked by without even flinching. A bloodied woman screaming for dear life probably wasn’t the most shocking thing they’d seen that day. This is, after all, New York.

The good news is we finished the scene and it turned out to be hysterical. Comedian Donnell Rawlings (better known as “Ashy Larry” from Chappelle’s Show) heard about Sal’s offensive black voice, the comments about Miss Howard Stern’s mixed race child, and the famous “Hi, this is Sal Governale” apology and signed up to appear in the show as a favor. The behind-the-scenes interaction between the two comedians played out almost exactly like it did later on screen. At some points I suspected Donnell was really upset. It was funny to watch, but pales in comparison to what was actually filmed. He and Sal have a few scenes together that will leave you in stitches.