© 2005 Jamie Zawinski <email@example.com>
So I wrote this:
You may have noticed that there are a whole bunch of "celebrity poker" shows on television these days, where a group of famous people sit around playing cards and being snarky at each other, and they film the whole thing. I can't imagine too many things more boring than watching someone else play cards, but I guess fishing has a rich TV history too... Anyway, I have an idea, and hopefully one of my many readers in the entertainment industry will make it a reality:
Celebrity Dungeons and Dragons.
I want to see a TV show where the flying camera crane zips around the table where Wil Wheaton, Puff Daddy, Michael Madsen, and Lindsay Lohan play D&D. I would totally watch that.
"Yo, I'm-a gonna get all up in that orc's face with my Magic Missile. Jack you up, orc!" Then then announcers banter, "oh, Magic Missle! A bold choice, he might need that later. Here comes the roll..."
It would be GLORIOUS.
And then Mr. Wheaton pointed out that there is nothing new under the sun:
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2005 13:14:07 -0700
From: Wil Wheaton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Celebrity D&D
No joke: I helped some guys from Upright Citizen's Brigade pitch this to Comedy Central. We did a live version for them at the Comedy Central Workspace earlier this year.
It was AWESOME, and hilarious, and I got to sit close enough to Paget Brewster to pretend that she was in love with me, but CC didn't pick it up.
There's a tape of it, that should /really/ find its way to the internets.
Which forces me to ask... why does Comedy Central hate America?