#661 – Scott Tweedie On Moving To NYC & E! News/
- April 3, 2020
Scott Tweedie is back and live from Manhattan! We chat about moving to New York City, his new gig with E! News, calling out Jimmy Fallon and long-distance relationships.
On today’s episode of The Daily Talk Show, we discuss:
– Scott’s move to New York
– Manhattan at the moment
– Work ethic
– Long-distance relationships
– Calling out Jimmy Fallon
– George’s fast 3
– NBC and support in a time like this
– Isolation haircuts
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It's the daily Talk Show Episode 661 Scott Tweety. Welcome back to The Daily talk show, buddy. Right like this, all that music in a salsa. We may also want to keep going. I was loving it. I can.
I can play it for you for people on the street. Have you ever seen that dog? That little chill? Wow, that can dance on two legs and he's walking around at the store.
Reminds me Oh, that sounds like a dance. Dance movement. We're good. How are you? You're up in New York City I in a skyrise apartment, made a big change bits changed until I saw you.
Last time we were hanging out what was it in the dungeon of channel 10 still a cool place. But now we've gone from the basement to my apartment here where I'm paying. You don't even want to know how much I'm paying rent in New York City. It is ridiculous. I'm a
pouring in just to live here. But yeah, I found this awesome place. I'm level 26. And my friend lives on level 27. So he was the one he's like, you got to move into this building. He's like I lived here for eight years is the place to be. But yeah, living in New York, which is amazing in December, January, February, March. It's got a little bit weird here. A little bit of change. And so what's changed for you? So you you went to New York for a job? What does your job look like right now?
Yes, I got a gig with a news over here. We were doing a breakfast show live every morning at 7am and then we're on again at 11am for an hour so it's pretty full on schedule like getting on 3am in the morning. I sort of now know how those breakfast radio guys feel. So that was full on. We launched on January 6, and then all of a sudden, what was it now three weeks ago coronavirus, started hitting the United States of America and that wasn't a Thursday afternoon. Our boss was like hey guys.
Just to let you know, as of this afternoon, everyone's working from home, which we don't know what that's going to look like. But we can't be in this building, we just want to be making sure we're one step ahead and no one in the team gets sick at all. So we're making you guys go home. And we have, we're going to film a TV show from home. And this is me, we're losing our jobs like what what does this really mean? But luckily for me, I'm an NBC like he on NBC. They're a massive company. So right now, we're all still working. We're doing pretty much similar to this. Every single day. I've got myself and my two co hosts, doing short, sharp little hits of entertainment news, every day, and then we're working on pre production stuff for when we eventually come back on TV, but when's that gonna be on tonight? I mean, it's just thankful to have a job right. We spoke to Brad blanks who, early in the week, he's gone to Long Island. He lives in Manhattan, but he's gone to other places to be able to get out of the
The city. I mean, that's what I was thinking about you You're, you're still in the city. What's the vibe still living in Manhattan? What's going on? Well, it was weird. It was that definitive Thursday afternoon where the news was spreading that New York City. Everyone was saying was going to be locked out, shut down. They're going to stop running all the subways, they're gonna lock off the bridges if you're in Manhattan, where they're just going to keep you in there. And that was a total lie. It was like a rumour that was spreading. There's 8 million people that live here. So everyone, you know, only takes a few here and there everyone's getting on Instagram on Twitter, spreading like wildfire to the point where my executive producer came into our team was like, ever I get out of here quickly, go home, pack your cars. My co host was like freaking out. She's got a place in Long Island as well in Montauk with her husband. So they were like packing up their car. Well, actually, you already pre packed their car a few days earlier. So they had their food, their supplies. So I sort of had this weird moment of like this. What is going on my Australian friends
Yeah, role texting each other going we'll do we get on a plane and go back home because obviously we know that the healthcare system here in America is like a one out of 10 compared to Australia back at home. But look, I'm still that person in those sort of scenarios. I'm just gonna like stop and breathe and go well hang on. What's gonna happen right now? How bad can it get? I've just spent a lot of money moving my entire life here in New York City. Especially visa to pay for that plant behind you.
They were asking $500 for this.
I'm guessing you got it for four.
No, 200 200 Wow, the pot. The pot itself. You can't see it. But the pot was worth 390 US dollars. I got this bad boy for 200 a Jewish guy and Brooklyn was trying to sell it. He had to move apartments. I went and saw the tree. I was like what a great tree. It's the thing I miss most from my bond department is my birds of paradise and
Yeah, basically I paid a guy $70 and he said he had a van. He didn't he had a car I want to jam this whole thing into it.
And literally it always died the hole until I plan Anyways, thanks for bringing out I call it a wild Wendy. She's my only friend right now in isolation. It's just my cell phone when she's beautiful. I mean, what do you think about Scott's plant any feedback? Oh, it's, it's pretty dialled in. It's, it's better than my setup I could do with one of those. One day, this is not really a setup. I've literally got in my apartment, a tree, a couch, all those two little mirrors there. And then I've got a table and a kitchen and a bit. I'm bare bones right now. And I'm at this point as well. I'm like, do I get any more furniture? Because once again, where are we going to be in a month? Where am I gonna be in two months? And where that weird stage at the moment where like, you never know when the job's safe right now. And that's that's your point before like, as you said, I've got nothing to complain about. So life for me right now New York City. I'll paint the picture for you. It's okay. All right, because
I think 90% of people have fled Manhattan who are Americans. So they've either gone to their beach houses, their holiday homes, they've gone to their parents houses, which can be anywhere in America. So it feels like Manhattan right now is running on five to 10% capacity, or everybody's just being really good and staying indoors. What do you like? Oh, I get every morning. I go for a walk.
I sorry. I saw you at 8am out this morning on Instagram. I was thinking man, where's your mask and it looked cold.
It's still cold. We're having good days or bad days with the weather. Look at man on my tan at all. I've gone from winter to winter. Alright, it's been rough. It's been very rough. No vitamin D at all. But for me, I get up every day I go get a coffee nice and early because there's less amount of there's a less amount of people on the streets really early in the mornings. New Yorkers hate getting up early. So if I go out there, it's fine. But to be honest, today I went back out for a run at three o'clock.
The afternoon and it was quiet. It is super quiet here. So I know that the reports back home and I know this because my Instagram is blowing up with friends of mine hitting me up going, keep safe. I hope you're well. I hope you're okay. And I'm just like, for me, everything's fine. I've got my apartment where I'm luckily lucky enough to lock myself away. I've got food, my convenience stores and the stores around me. So stocked with food, not nothing is sold out, not even tinned food, not even past that. It's all been restocked. Toilet paper is all available here. And so I've got my food, I've got my health, I've got my job. So all I need to do really is just stay indoors as much as I can. So for me, this is fine. I know a lot of other people in media right now are hurting big time and it kills me because a lot of them are my friends in the industry. And it's like what can you do right now like there's there's we've got to ride out this really, really tough wave together. And you know, I could be joining them soon. So I'm counting every day is a blessing.
How has it changed your perspective of career and things like that?
hasn't really, I think, what do you guys like we I've got a passion for filming I've got a passion for editing. Luckily, I can do almost everything myself even though my job here I'm just like the host, but we also write and produce, but I love editing I always have I love storytelling. So for me, you know, it's once again I don't know what the plan B would be initially, but I still know there's going to be a lot of stories to tell through this hardship. And and we're going to need and rely on people like us like you guys what you're doing now like myself and what I'm doing with light heart and stuff. People are getting sick of watching the news at the moment because it is really all doom and gloom. The economy's screwed up. The world is quite screwed up right now. And in terms of here in America, the the health system is totally screwed up. So people need outlets, people need entertainment people
made us just reassuring them that as human beings you know when we come together it's gonna be okay. I think we tend not to formulate plans for something like our health you can hear my son's screaming I definitely had a kid
I definitely hadn't formed the next level
haven't found a plan of being a stay at home Dad I settle down.
And it's kind of really throws things throw things about but then it makes you think about plans so for instance, for you have you got a plan relating to your health and what happens if you do get sick and where do you go to when all that shit like seems quite dark? But I think it's probably required. All right, hang on, you answer that Scott. I'm gonna go sort this out. Here we go. I'll try and mute the microphone. Here. The
good old punish.
Much when I was a kid, I think my dad was I mean, yeah, I feel like
Got the same and I think that probably in this Corona time potentially parents are around the world potentially trying to bring bring it back maybe start a hashtag Oh, there was a it was a good little meme going around about like asking you all the parents How do you feel now about having kids stuff in your house you like you think you're so much better than house? How you feeling right now? I love that. But um, yeah back to what you're saying right with private health over here. It's ridiculous. It is crazy. So I was actually I had a private health provider and a week to the shit hitting the fan here. They basically emailed me going, Hey, by the way, you're not covering for Corona. And I was like, oh brilliant. So I spent a frantic like 2448 hours finding another provider which is part of like the sag here, which is a Screen Actors Guild. And I've got a private health provider that I had to join with them as quick as I can. So now I'm covered. So if I do get sick, I can go to a hospital, but to be
Be honest, quite a few of my friends have had Corona here now in New York. And when you're our age, and you're sort of fit and healthy, it's just once again, you're bedridden for a week. And it's like having a classic cold or flu, but they reckon about 20% worse. Once again, that's a very big generalisation. But all my friends that have had it is about three of them. And then also my co host, someone in her family had it as well, and the reports from them as yet it just knocks you down for like a week. And then you stay in isolation, and you get back into society. So look, it's not all doom and gloom. For me. I'm actually not too worried, like, I'm being very careful when I go out. I don't wear a mask, but I have a procedure as soon as I get home shoes off like right at the front door, and I take a layer of clothing off so I usually get your coat on. Literally deck myself. Take the jeans off, leave them at the front door, wipe my hands then I get the good old wood disinfected 99.9
percent watch and watch everything from my phone to my ear pods to my bank card to everything I've touched. So it's like almost going through my little luck section of quarantine security at my front door to come into my apartment. But I'm not too scared about myself getting it, I'd be really scared about me giving it to someone else, which is why I'm staying at home. A lot of the time. I'm just going out in the morning and sometimes the afternoon, get some fresh air. But I'm sort of more worried about giving it to older people because there's still a lot of old people around here. We haven't actually spoken to you since you moved to New York. So I feel like there's this big gap. There's obviously all the stuff that's been happening with Corona virus. If you go back two months, what can you get? Can you cast your mind back then and what the experience of New York was like what was the first few weeks? They're like?
Yeah, it is like I thought moving from Brisbane to Sydney. I thought that was a fast pace. New York. Not the level
Crazy to the point where like, You shoulda bodging people on the street that's just part of life. And I'm like the new key guy, sorry, sorry, sorry, my friends, like I get used to it. They're like my friends, like pick it pick because what you do is you, if you see them, they won't move, but turn your eye line about 30 degrees away from them, and then just keep yours hold the line hold you long you might show them. He gets me going to show them who's boss. And I'm like, hey, you're an asshole. And he says, Yeah, give you three years, three years New York, you'd be doing the same thing. So the pace and notice the pace of the place is crazy. But then also people's drive. Everyone is so driven here. It seems like everyone is just super successful here. Now, I don't know if that's just because I'm involved in the media world and the TV world. And also, a lot of my friends are now like 10 years into banking, accounting architecture, but everyone here is like they've almost done the hard yards. They've done their like five to 10 years of experience and other jobs to come to New York City to then read
thrive. So I'm noticing like, just how rich people are here. It's crazy. Like the amount of wealth is another level like I once again thought moving from Brisbane to Sydney and then also seeing Melbourne, wealthy people here. It's another level when you see such a big gap between everywhere in Manhattan, but then if you go like we've been shooting out Brooklyn we've been shooting out and parts of the Bronx have been shooting out. Literally, you'd have to drive like an hour out of Manhattan. And then you see real America again, which is 95 97% of America. The gap between the rich and the poor here. Wild, like absolutely wild. The other big thing is pretty much I think, how hard we work as Australians in saying that they work really hard here. I still think we dominate them. And I think they whinge a lot without working hard. Whereas for us, we just do it. get the job done to them.
maximise our spare time. So that's also a massive difference I'm noticing. Well maybe they like the working for minimum wage is where it's like that's, that's the grind which doesn't reap as greater reward as grinding in Australia for minimum wage, it seems, you know, like you can have a good life even just earning that small amount. I just think
we're so lucky back at home. Yeah, yeah. When you see that, because like when you go to I thought, you know, I've been here three or four times, it's like a tourist visiting my friends that live here. And I thought the service because they're working for tips, there is so much better. And in some places, absolutely. But then the majority because you said they're earning such a little amount of money. They just don't give a shit. Like baristas. That is assholes here. You're like, just trying to try and say one thing and then next, like who's next and my friend actually was not my friend. He's a friend of a friend from Melbourne. He's got a big coffee chain here called blue stone lane.
I don't know if you heard of it, but they're really successful all around America now. And he said the hardest thing for him running a business as an Australian here is staffing. He's like, honestly, they don't rock up. They don't give a shit. Because they're only earning peanuts. So that's a big thing I've noticed. Yeah. The year we've had Nick on the podcast when we're in Los Angeles, it was interesting thing like just the economics of of the whole thing. What are you eating? What you go to
I'd love to have your fridge tour, but I've got my laptop or a little tripod here. So I, whenever I was like leaving Manhattan, as in on that Thursday and Friday, I went down to so there's big there's like the big Woolworths and Coles here and Trader Joe's and whole foods like that's where everyone goes. So then there's another market. And it's probably like a medium sized supermarket down the road there and it's way overpriced, but delicious foods that I stopped up. I think I spent
Note like I didn't buy bulk I just bought enough to cover myself for two weeks. So I put a lot of meat in the freezer I think I spent about 600 US dollars wow on like a lot of food. Now what I've done, I've done I've done a big brew of curry. I've done a big bowl a nice. I've got lots of fruit and veggies that are frozen as well. Now like two weeks later, I've realised that that Armageddon died, the end of the world isn't coming. And now I'm going to the ship frozen food in my freezer and I don't want to
look at my freeze on its full and I'm like, oh god, I made maples yesterday and I were frozen meatballs that I got. They're terrible. They're like a one out of 10. So I look I am cooking every meal at the moment trying to minimise going out and going to stores so you know for everything from breakfast lunch to dinner. I'm so sick of doing dishes. And to be honest, just because it's me here I'm sick of cooking for myself. Now I'm getting over it like I don't mind doing it once a day, twice a day, but three
to four times a day, I'm like, I'm done. Scott, a coupler, probably maybe a few months before you got to America, when did you actually get the job? Was it a couple of months before? Or did you know about when we saw you? I think that was around June or not. I was no, I definitely didn't know about it. So I went to a wedding, mid October, and about a week before that out of the blue, had an email from a guy who I'd been building that relationship with. I told you guys about that through my mentor over here. So he out of the blue emailed me and we're like, Hey,
where you out with your visa. And by that point, I've been sort of working through my own visa with an immigration lawyer. So that was cool. And they're like, What are you up to at the moment, so it was like the stars aligned. I went to a wedding Two weeks later, met up with them had what was like an audition, they flew two girls into a chemistry test with me. And then the next day I had a job offer. They were like straight away like bang
When can you move here? How fast can we do this? Can you get here in two weeks? And I'm like, No, I want a job and a lot back at home. I was like, No, I can't be here. And so he was, like, nervous. I had to
get like, well, you don't really know. It's funny because I actually, in that meeting, iconic played it down to like, I just wasn't desperate for a gig with him. Like, I was like, it'd be nice, but I'm really loving what I'm doing with channel 10. At the moment in Australia, I'm getting offered a lot of work with them. My girlfriend lives in Australia. I've got a an apartment, you know, in bond. I don't own it. Just renting renting it for a lot of money. Once again, he's still renting there, but I'm not.
No, no, no, no, no, that's that was one of the so that's the long list of stuff. Yeah. To to, to move your life here and very quickly, and they were just like, Americans don't care. They're like, Just hurry up and get hit. And I'm like, well, hang on. I'm on a contract with channel 10. I need a six week get out clause.
Plus, I don't want to screw them over, I was doing Melbourne Cup for them. So all this stuff was happening. It was the most stressful month of my life because that couldn't tell channel 10 to a point. I couldn't tell anyone because America went to announce it. But I'm like guys, I've got to like, give notice to my work and get out of it. So there was just like, really, it was almost like playing a game of chess where I'm like, when can I tell my executives at work? But they did not tell anyone the industry because America wants to announce that I'm one of the new hosts for a news so I was like I told work, then it started spreading around channel 10 and I'm like shit I was like cool. I don't care that people know. But it just can't get out to like a TV tonight blog like industry blog.
So always yes balance balancing act with that. Then there was also the negotiation with the getting a lawyer in America dealing with that getting my visa finalised, which they ended up sponsoring me
NBC Universal, but still, I couldn't get an appointment I had to fly into Melbourne. Then they wanted me to fly over to then chemists do a chemistry test with a third host.
So I actually went to New York for 18 hours one day, so I flew from Sydney landed at 5am was in the studio from 9am to 6pm. had dinner The next morning, we had a second call with another host. And then I was on a plane again by lunchtime out of there, back to them pack up my apartment and life then moved to New York again. So all this crazy stuff happens. So that's why I was like so happy to be here and relax and then Corona.
One One thing I mean, tell me if we're overstepping the boundary here, but you mentioned your girlfriend I think when you
just before we saw you You met her and you were doing long distance anyway. And now you've just added about 10,000 miles on to the long distance thing. What's going on? You're still in love you still it's all happening. Yeah, still love. Absolutely.
Here's the best girl. So I've finished like a six month campaign of convincing her to move to Sydney. She's an architect. She's looking actually, her office just opened an office in Sydney, the stars aligned. And I was like, right, she's gonna be here in the next month, no more flights to Brisbane to Sydney to see her. And then I get this gig. And I'm like, so you're gonna move to Sydney? How do you feel about moving to New York, and she's just like, so that was another thing that the stress of that trying to then like, not get too excited with her, but then also plant the seed. I'd love her to come and join me over here. And the good news is when you say are you referring to the plant behind you? Or is
she nice, hasn't she? Very quickly, very quickly.
So I was so excited that she you know, it took me about a month or two to convince her she came over when I moved for a second time. So I did like two big moves here.
Just after Christmas on the 27th she joined me for two weeks to then I think that was her like, okay you're starting at three in the morning you've got a TV job over there is there at all a place in your schedule for me as your girlfriend and so I worked really hard in that period to show her that you know 100% want her there. I think it's really important as well New York is crazy the dating scene here. If you enjoy being single and sleeping around all the time, this is the place for you
cancelling for me, I have been single and in New York when you know I'm usually in long like a long term relationships but I've been single for a while. It's a great place to go on dates like honestly the whole city here loves eating and drinking and just doing whatever. But for me with my job, it's just and but also the girl that I've met tomorrow
How to be Navy base. That's sort of the decision and we're both like cool. This could be a three to six month thing that we're a part of the moment but we'll get through it once again. Now Corona is pushing that you should do to come here, June, July. And I was actually going to come back to Australia in a month to see her for a week, so I can't do that anymore. So yeah, it's challenging, very challenging. But once again, when it's like the rest of the world, take it day by day at the moment because who knows what's happening? I've seen you on the live stream. She says this is so interesting to hear always wanted to visit New York and Doctor cases nice way to seize the day.
The NBC building
I've seen I've seen you posting little video Insta stories of you trying to call out Jimmy Fallon. What is it? What is it like being in these iconic locations and working there? It's not isn't it? Like we've if you haven't seen the show, 30 rock. That's where I work.
So in the building where level six, which is Jimmy Fallon's level, so you walk down a corridor. He's on the right. And now Studios on the left. His studio is if this is the screen, okay history, none of that way. No shit.
Does that mean?
Is that big, right? So Fallon dominates that level. But who cares? Because every day when I walk into work, he's never there. Obviously, his team's never there when we get in, like, three 330 he wouldn't get there to at least 1pm in the afternoon, but his team are bumping him by like 10 or 11. So every morning I walk in there, and I scream out morning Jimmy, just for a bit of a gag because obviously he's never there but people everyday like he's gonna jump out one day and yes, we have connections of course working on the same level as him to do that one day, but what's the point? I think it's more fun him not jumping out. So that's that
At that level upstairs, you've got SNL,
which is once again on the level of how incredible and what an institution that show is downstairs, you've got the today's show live. You've got Seth Meyers in the building as well. You've also got on our level on Thursdays and Fridays for the today's show, they do a live studio audience. And then outside the today show, get the biggest acts in the world, probably once a week performing live for the audience for the public. So walking around that building, you see so many famous people like the other day, what was it a month ago, I'm in my dressing room.
Once again, addresses are this big. And I can hear Justin Bieber playing on a piano and singing. And his dressing room is still like around the corner. But I can walk out and there's a glass window and I can see and it's just human Scooter Braun. And he's just warming his voice up on this piano and I was like, we're not allowed to film. I'll get our phones out but I'm like, take this in because like when
Do you get to see xo artists that be? And literally every single day? All of Fallon's guests are there and that's how I have to walk in and out of our studio is walking past a corridors and we're we're way past where their security and all their teams are so they just stroll around so it's ridiculous. And you got to keep your cool obviously it's you just walking past me like
the other corner until you look
at the toilet they're like
We went to we went to the Howard Stern or the Sirius XM building and they completely like, sealed it off. No one's allowed those a big door that said, you know, kind of come past here for Howard section. I heard that he gets a lift up. That's not the normal lifts. Is there anything like that within the building, like sort of back entrances that you're saying? People that are sneaking around?
Yeah, yeah, they're out they've got obviously because 30 rock is like in the middle of new
City there's so many tourists around, particularly around Christmas time. It is crazy. Getting around the area. They've got definitely secret entrances for the big acts to come in and out of, but they've still got to enter from the street. There's no like underground carpark or whatever. So they've got it all lined up, but there's still like a 10 metre gap that they can never once again 100% protect them from the public. Like cool. looks funny. Watch them.
It's like, are you ready? And they're like, absolutely three.
tackle that once again. Yeah, yeah, exactly. But once again, it's America whereas there's the hierarchy. So we we can't, apart from like being in that area. If we weren't in that area with our studio. I wouldn't get close to half these people. What do you think was the biggest misconception before you started working in New York?
Because it's America it would just be on another level and you know like I thought working with the team here would just be so different from a home but I think it's almost like the opposite. I'm missing some of my producers from home now and and riders from home and the editors from home. Just because I think Australians we are doing like this three people doing one job here with us so many people here doing so many different jobs and because it's all unionised, so they can't literally if I'm going to move a chair on set, I get in trouble for moving the chair. We're gonna call the guy and then we're like, come on, mate. Can you just move that just they like, they get offended if you do that because it's their job. So for me, it's just weird. Like, it's just this things like that where I'm like, this is stupid, and then like to get things edited really quickly. I'm like, especially now I'm realising because he's doing stuff at home. We'll film something on our iPhones, and then we've got to send it to our producers which are around noon.
They sent it to them in LA. Oh, by the way, our control room is in LA as well. So we filming a show, but the control rooms in LA in our ears, which is just once again, very bizarre, but there's not enough control rooms in 30 rock at the moment. So for us, we've got like this, sending everything from New York to then Li it's going to go into the MVC system, they got it edited on avid, spit it out, and I'm like, give it to me and drop it to my laptop. I'll do it in Premiere Pro in like five minutes. And like all we want was like a little graphic and then like, a little super, and then whatever we film for a minute, and that can take seven hours here and it's like, come on, what are you doing? This is so prehistoric. So yeah, I why it's like everything's bigger and better here. I'm I miss home for that reason that we can do a lot of stuff. We've got a lot of skilled people back at home. I reckon I could absolutely get around. Exactly. Someone moving my chair, feeding me
JJ, let's do a quick Fast Five. You go one I'll go on. Well, I was gonna say with George being in the this controller today in the control room. Yeah, he's back at our office 20 we've jumped out and gone remote. And so George is actually the only one in our office has optimised and using our fast internet. So yeah, I think what joy
Can you please just give us a fast three. just asked three questions for Scott this. Here we go. 321 go.
Have you been to say any SNL shows?
Oh, wait, do I do I mean, do
I get to get up? Now? This is good. So sorry, draw quick answers that you know, that's good. That's perfect. You're doing well with the last No, that's right. So George, you asked the first one and Scott does that. So we've got the first one. So you went to that Scott? This is great.
You're most you're more than the answer.
Yeah, okay, well look basically no one can get tickets at SNL. Even though I work at NBC. They are the hardest tickets people have been trying for five years to get tickets to SNL because where they film it there's only like 140 seats so they it's like a tiny, the audience is so small. So the DAG and SNL ticket I'll let you guys know. You can grab second one George, go question right.
What song was Justin Bieber playing?
What song Sorry?
Was Justin David playing on the piano?
Look, I don't know Justin Bieber's back catalogue. So
it could have been one of his thousands. I don't know. He's like big hits. So it could have been that or it could just be freestyling but he's actually a very, very talented musician on the piano. how surprised I was like, and he's amazing live. He's a does he know any about Justin
If you don't like him, you have to you have to love and respect his talent because he's actually a very, very talented musician.
Yeah, that was your question. I sort of wanted to hear the end.
What do you got? George, final question. Final question.
Are people in New York City actually believing Trump when he says will be opened by a stir?
Absolutely not. No, there's no way I think he's already been. I think he's already bumped that out. I think that I think last week, he was then he said, Oh, no, on that three or four days ago, he's like, okay, April 30. Now, and then beyond April 30, will probably get stretched out even more to mid May.
So, no, I think when he said that, people are just loving sending around like, I love watching Trump's speeches because once you see him start to add live his whole table. Oh, God.
Again, he just defaults to the song. Like, it's it's great, we, you know, everything turns out to be great. We're doing the best and number three, like the numbers are nowhere near as good as our numbers. It's just, it's outrageous. It's it's, I don't know if you guys follow so
you go ga George, not just gotta say that when I asked him.
Yeah, this is a bit of a delay here isn't there is not not George it's just you
know it was just when a reporter asked him what what he would say to people that are scared he said, You're a terrible reporter.
What about Virgil like every single day and every speech he does, there'll be a main about it the next day because it's kind of like getting people through. They're like, Alright, let's watch Donald Trump's
Right, let's see what he has to say. It is saying that once again, I'm in Manhattan, which I think there are a lot of people here anti Trump. So given parts of America, they're probably going Yes, he is. Right. But what a time to be a president. Honestly, no matter who it is, this is gonna be the hardest time ever in history to be a president. I mean, yeah, look at scammer, I reckon he's gonna look 95 by the time he comes out the other side of this, hey, yeah, I've got one or two questions for you. What's your internet speed at your apartment? And also, what's the catering like, at NBC?
I got internet speed. A little dial. I think it goes up to like, 110. That's because I like that quick. Yeah, that's good. Yeah, that's good. Yeah. Although since Corona, and everyone's been at home for the last two weeks, it's slowed down a lot, because the whole you know, there's so many apartments in this building, so it's definitely slowed down.
But still quicker than Australia. Definitely.
catering so we have on level nine, and 30 rock is the cafeteria.
Did you guys used to go to sizzla? Yeah.
Okay. It's like sizzla on steroids. There's like sections for different foods of the world. And you've got your past which has your face on it. And that's got it's connected to your credit card. Everything's really like heavily discounted. So you walk in there and you've got like tacos, pizza, then you have like an Asian area got Mediterranean. Then you've got like a sandwich bag and a salad bar, where they've all got chefs making it fresh for you. You can get a cibola smoothies, you can go
like oh my god is everything the deep fried area. It's walking into this like when I have friends come and visit me I'm like, come on, watch me on set. Yeah, cool. Is the studio's. By the way. I'm taking you to the cafeteria and they like it is on
That's kind of like what you hear. When you go to the Google offices. We've got one of those in our building here where it's like you can or you can eat and it's like $7. Yeah. Do you think that? Do you think that your work will actually move to be more remote in the future? Or do you think Do you still think that it's really important to have a studio?
I can, it could be remote, it could be easily could be remote. But the limitations as I said, the systems they've got set up at the moment.
And I get it because when you work in a network, you're pulling so much footage, I used to get frustrated channel 10, because I use avid as well. They don't use premiere, or any of the new technologies. But when you've got these databases have so much footage, especially for the news departments in there, you know, they've got all their history of TV, in drives in the building. They need these bigger editing, editing systems and software's to pull it from. So I get that. So working with those limitations.
It's gonna be, it's still so much easier to work out of the studio. Like right now it's being quite slow and frustrating for a lot of us to work from home because we're like, once again, I make content for myself. And the content, we're making it as a team and then putting on YouTube is subpar, it could be a lot better, but they also want to take this time to support all the producers, their families, a lot of people, you know, could be homeschooling their kids so they'd be such a supportive network to go at first and foremost thing right now we don't care about what sort of content you're rolling out. Of course we do care we want to be good, but we care about you guys, our employees and your well being they're like we want to look after you some of you might get Corona we're gonna support you and support your family, your husband's your wives, all that sort of stuff, wives, hopefully a unique one.
But you never know. You never know what New York City. Yeah, yeah, exactly. So that really surprised me like
How incredible NBC yvaine like, I was just blown away when from the word go, this all started they were just like, we care about you guys first and foremost. That's awesome. One sort of final question What are you paying for your rent? I'm very curious.
Now I'm not it's hard writing is
really hard right? Tommy loves loves knowing what people pay, you know what not, and I jumped up per month I actually paid they do that so I had to get the for not living in this country, right. You don't have a social security number, which actually means you don't exist as a human being in America. Now that takes two months ish to get one of those. So I couldn't actually I was in a hotel for two months before I lived here. So then to get a an apartment without a credit rating here without a bank account here. Without a Social Security is virtually impossible. So you got to find these books.
And I take you around to then eventually back you up to go look, we know you've got a good job, we know what you're getting paid, I can see your bank history in Australia, so we'll support you to get an apartment. So they take you around, and I told them my budget, and they're like, cool. And then throughout the day, you see about nine and they're all cracked and honestly you're like this for how much money I'm paying, this is it and then of course the end of the day they take you to like one or two nicer ones and it's already like three or $400 more a month, but that still adds up that's US dollars by the way, by the way, so that's a lot of money. And I brought me to this place my friend lived upstairs and he's like, do it like hundred percent do it so I then cancelled my gym membership to then like a board dilute Yeah,
I made some changes to like help out with the budget.
Yeah, I think a lot of mine. I'm not gonna tell you if it's gonna kill you.
It's killing you might not may ridiculous
I wonder if I'm gonna start doing a talk at all about rent subsidies in the state in Manhattan?
Yeah, yeah. I'm not sure at the moment that there's a bill that's been put into parliament at the moment. So I don't know about that. Right now. Obviously, it's not a worry for me yet, because I'm still getting paid. So it's fine. Like, my life is moving on. I think 80% of this building will be shitting themselves. And I'm not sure what is going to happen. I think a lot of people won't even be able to pay rent next week, or the week after. So something will have to happen ASAP. Because I don't know if a lot of people don't pay their rent and the people that own the buildings can't own the apartments can't pay their mortgages. There's gonna be a huge chain reaction and this is all part of us entering a recession, right? This is all part of us, you know, in the economy, doing what it's doing right now, which is very, very scary. Because the
First and foremost problem right now is survival people actually living in New York City. And that's what the Governor Cuomo, Andrew Cuomo, he's incorrect. I don't know, I'm not. I'm not really into politics. And I'm following a lot at the moment because Cuomo was the first guy in New York to go, everyone shut down, work from home, get out of here, because if it spreads here, it's going to spread so fast. And a lot of people were like, well, hang on, that's gonna scrub the economy. And he goes, who cares? Of course, we do care, but we can fix that. Number one is survival, living through this. And because so many people are getting here in New York City, thousands of people are going to die and thousands of people are dying. So their main priority right now is people living and they also are running out of hospital beds, running hospital supplies. So that's the biggest priority. Beyond that, it's the economy because every cafe right now every bar, everything is shut down. All this stuff that we're getting paid aren't getting paid. It's
A nightmare and it's it's gonna be really ugly and watching it in the next six to 12 months play out is gonna be really tough for everyone in the world. That's not just here that's back at home. So, Scott's uncharted territory for a lot of us. We've had a guest come in from a fellow Aussie who's living over in the states and I've guessed your rent, and they guess is 5400 a month USD? I'm gonna get seven and a half. But I reckon, yeah, six and a half. Anyway, you don't
actually To be honest, you're all off. That's long saga. You winning them just
just a little bit. But yeah, it's around
the route I forgot about quite a bit of light in all the darkness. There's been reports there's been some photos of him in recent sort of media situations where people are saying that he's got nipple piercings.
Have you seen this content? And have you covered it on your show?
We haven't covered his nipples on our show. Yes.
that where he's wearing this shirt is and his nipples are quite light as well. They're not like he doesn't have perky man boobs. But he's I think he's fairly fit for his age. It's nothing to be honest. I think that that's a bad story here. I don't know if it's, I don't know if you guys are seeing it back at home. But it's when his brother works for CNN and his brother and him they interview or he interviews his brother. Have you seen that? Yeah, yes. It's good.
Yeah, it is. It is. So roll. Like you can't script that stuff. It is unbelievable.
Scott, thanks so much for coming on the show. And so does it look like like what security do you have? Like, do you know Okay, for the next six months, I'm sorted. Your employees have told you you're all good. How does how's that working for you?
Yeah, well, I'm on a contract here, which has got security for me. In terms of our shows,
once again, there's no plans and there's no signs of us packing up. They're getting ready for like, when we come back on air to hit the ground running, they're just basically their priority right now is when we get back on air. We need to smash it, there's gonna be so many people watching TV. And basically, I can see for the next six months, I probably won't even have like a day off like it's gonna be once we are back, we're gonna be working our butts off. And that's everybody in the industry because there's gonna be such a hole out of what we were earning from revenue from ads. There's not there at the moment. So yeah, I To be honest, I predicted I don't know. But I do know that a lot of people are watching TV right now. People want that light hearted sort of style of entertainment. For us. We just talked about celebrities, celebrities are still doing things. And a lot of Americans out there love watching celebrities do things
So that's lucky for me that right now I'll still have a job. And there's no signs of at all us not having a job anytime soon. Okay, well, thank you, man, you've landed your dream job. It's just a weird time. And it's good to hear that you can cover that exorbitant rent still for the foreseeable future. But so yeah, thank you. The golden rule you don't convert it back to Australian dollars.
This once you hate it's like it's US dollars the whole time. That's it. Thanks, God. I would request for a quick question for you just before we go.
Does anyone know how to give themselves a haircut because I reckon in the next week or two, I'm gonna have to like do that the trim on the sides? Well, this is the thing so I am I've been talking about shaving my head and Mr. 97 has
absolutely not, which might it might never come back. That's the problem. Is that what you worried about? Same old thing that what it saves
What's your problem with it?
Ah, I mean, number one, I don't know about the look. And number two. Yeah. I don't know if it's gonna be good for you ahead.
physically, emotionally, everything, all the above?
Yeah, at least you guys are honest with each other. I don't agree with that. I disagree with that. That didn't help me at all.
Yeah, I think that if you were to do it.
I mean, the thing is that
you and Tommy jacket both have hair for TV. You've got great, great quality hair. And so I mean, it's a compliment.
Josh right. I got the grey coming through. That's great. Cuz Scott is actually on TV. I'm just not but I'm the I'm the one this half that's half a compliment for me. I was I can't make
you have your face on screen more hours a day than we do. So what are you talking about? You're right though.
it's illegal Scott.
Yeah, I look when when all this is settled, I know you guys will end up in New York in the next hopefully six to 12 months because I saw the stuff you did when you were here last in America was amazing. So I cannot wait to show you. Let's hope we can get SNL tickets. I think your chances of getting SNL tickets with me zero because I can't even get a chance
and and every audience to hear any point and you know your listeners and you gotta watch you guys every single day hit me up because now we're all friends of friends or I
think we do need an audience. We have four people in our studio clapping every day. Welcome back. It really does sound like our show, Josh.
Actually, very quickly, I'm getting
I'm getting notifications about house party.
Using house party
I was on it. I took it off yesterday because I was I fell into the I don't know if it's fake news or not, but people like accounts are getting hacked. But I did have a suspicious $200 item out of my account from iTunes, and I don't know what I could have spent $200 on iTunes. So straightaway I was at house party. So I deleted it. Because Yeah, everyone was saying that Spotify is we're getting hacked. They're always different accounts are getting hacked, but house parties come out and go, That's bullshit. They're like, you can prove that your hacking was to do with us. We'll give you a million dollars. So I'll probably get it back tomorrow because I'm bored already. might just get on the investigation. You need to cover that rent again. Get the million bucks.
I know. Imagine that. It was just a really, really loose house party and someone gave out a password. It happens. fair game.
You can take around the bank accounts. Exactly. Stay well, brother. Yeah. Thanks so much.
Got, we're streaming 11am 4pm every weekday that's Melbourne time. And we're doing our regular weekend banters as well. This is our live and am show what time is it? There Scott in New York right now.
Right now it is 851
perfect. So you guys in the future actually. Exactly. Friday's a good day. Looks good
Yeah. How do you get that shot? Have you got that someone's apartment?
That is just from
your house. It's just my joint. Yeah, so maybe I so I just what are you paying for rent Josh? What's your what's your
50 bucks because we're gonna have to cut that show is that
now that's calling What? Yeah, it's always live in Hollywood. I love Hollywood.
I would just flag it for the future.
Would we be able to potentially pay you and assist with the rent by having a webcam looking out to Manhattan that we could stream into the show daily?
To do that, yeah, have you got a view into it? Why not? Well, what's that? Have you got an actual view? like can you see something or is he saying a brick wall that that's what sealed the deal for I wish he can withdraw? This would be sloppy. Yeah, let's go for it. If it all falls apart, pull up the blind first. Yeah, I could drop my laptop 26 floors down.
This is good. This is good.
That plan really does.
Very similar to my mind. Yeah.
No, absolutely. No. Yes. going with it. Now. He went full of
Empire State Building. Look at it read like a needle.
So if it was like if it's daylight, you can see more
What What part of Manhattan is that?
So it's Greenwich Village. So like in the middle of Soho West Village at East Village, right, we can really start finding it's got the proximity and yet 27 floors up in Greenwich Village. Definitely not. Awesome, Scott. Have it go on my way by
Chacha. Thanks, guys. See ya