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Gone for a week. No Ticket? No problem!
Not only a wheels-off moment, not only an all-time E-Brake (will be interesting to see if it makes the list on Friday), but a real no-kidding confrontation within the first half-hour of this morning's listening.
Of course, Gordon was at the heart of it.
I have not heard any promo where the Fake Jason Garrett (supposedly) retired but hope one of you will fill us in. The Musers were talking about how the quality of the impersonation on the promo was not up to Gordo standards -- one P1 thought it was George. [Wait, just heard it. Yeah, it does sound a little like George.]
[Love, love, love the Fake Jason Garrett, but the first time I heard it, I thought -- this is genius, but where in the world can you go with a guy whose bit is that he's incredibly dull? How many "well" jokes can Gordon make? I don't know if Gordon felt the same way, but from the outset it was clear he wasn't crazy about this character, referring to it as the "first and only" appearance of the Fake Jason Garrett. One other point on impersonations: Muser impersonations are aided by being broadcast through a fake telephone line most of the time. A "clean" recording of even the best impersonation is going to let more of the voice-actor's inflections and timbre leak through.]
As usual in the morning, I was getting ready for work and not paying the closest attention, but I gather that Gordon must have said something that was interpretable as critical of the promo-recording process.
The next thing I hear is someone talking about a "double bird" and someone identified as -- I'm not sure, could it have been "Mr. Doo" (I believe it was a black guy, but sure didn't sound like Donovan, although the precise identity of this guy was not clear)? The guy must have been the recording engineer for that particular promo, and he was hot. The Musers were clearly taken aback. Gordon tried to banter with the guy, but he wasn't having any. He said that if he'd told Gordon that the impersonation needed work Gordon would have bitten his head off. (Gordon admitted this.) Craig and George were yukking it up but man, it was tense. At one point, Gordon told the guy that if he didn't like the impersonation, he should do it, whereupon Gordon did a black Fake-Jason-Garrett voice. The guy's parting shot was to say that when Gordon came into the studio, "don't half-ass it."
Hope The UnTicket snags this. It was chaos, everyone talking at once. Pretty amazing and tense radio.
While Gordon is a favorite of this site, this does resonate with stuff we hear through The Ticket grapevine from time to time, which is that Gordon is not a favorite among the technical staff. I have some sympathy for Gordon on this -- his is frequently a high-wire act. It depends on timing, and everything needs to work and work the first time, and work well, and not get interrupted. Wherever the merits fall on this particular dispute, this was one of those delicious Ticket pull-back-the-curtain events.
And the guy was probably sick of wrestling with the problems from the botched Victory move, and wasn't having any of Gordon this morning.
I'll be happy to be corrected on any of my recollections here, and would especially appreciate some confirmation of the identity of this courageous (or crazy) recording engineer, if that's what he was.