Karl Stefanovic conquered his biggest fear on Friday morning's Today show, and I for one am really proud of him.
All morning, Allison Langdon and co teased the end of the show, where ol' mate Karl would deliver a stand-up comedy routine. They even got Joel Creasey on for moral support and/or to provide tips on how to make it less of a train wreck.
And goodness, it was really something.
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Personally, I enjoyed it. But I have been working from home with Karl and Ally beaming into my lounge room for the best part of a year now, and it's led me to develop a weird affinity for them. I'm perhaps unable to offer an objective view because sometimes I laugh at Karl as a way to avoid my early morning work responsibilities, while also pretending I'm keeping up with breaking news.
But when 9am Friday rolled around, and it was standup time, I was only avoiding mid-morning responsibilities, which are far less important.
The segment began with some weird camera movement. I felt drunk, which is bad for 9am but also good to accurately portray all other comedy gigs I have been to.
"Can we start that again with some Seinfeld music?" he asked, and some poor producer behind-the-scenes had to scramble and deliver.