Big in Brazil
One day at Lemon Spirit hostel, some guy rolled up on a bicycle and said he worked for Globo TV — the biggest tv station in Brazil — and was looking for people from other countries to be on a comedic show about the world cup hosted by Thiago, a popular presentator/comedian. This show was going to be on during the world cup every night at eleven as a post game commentary. The format was a little unclear to me, but I volunteered all the same. We also got Andy — an English supporter — signed up, so at least I wouldn’t be going alone.
The night of the show, Thiago (the guy with the bike, not the presenter) came to pick us up at the hostel. Since Germany had just played that day, and annihilated Australia 4-0, he asked whether there were any Germans at the hostel. Sure enough there was a German fellow sitting at one of the computers checking facebook before going to bed. Before he fully understood what was happening he was in a van on his way to the Globo TV studios.
The show was set up with a main stage for the three hosts and we were part of a small interactive audience — pretty much sitting front stage. The whole thing was hilarious including some super-blinged out Brazilian star who lip-synched his latest hit at the end of the show. Thiago, the presenter was a very funny and cool guy. He spoke English quite well, and studied broadcast journalism at the University of Miami, so he didn’t like me being a gator too much…
This youtube clip shows a part where they ask Andy about the clumsy English goalkeeper Rob Green — they call him “frangero” now — a reference to trying to catch a chicken (and failing to do so). I didn’t get to bust out any Portuguese on the show — probably a good thing as I don’t know much about soccer. This link may go dead, as it has FIFA content, and they don’t like it being on Youtube, but it’s there for now. I’m on the left, second row from the front.