DIARY: Who wants to be an idiot-on-aire?

Some people, it seems, are destined never to get a knack for the publicity thing. Take Will Durst, a comedian and host of the PBS series Livelyhood.

Some people, it seems, are destined never to get a knack for the publicity thing. Take Will Durst, a comedian and host of the PBS series Livelyhood.

Some people, it seems, are destined never to get a knack for the

publicity thing. Take Will Durst, a comedian and host of the PBS series

Livelyhood.



For an episode of the obscure new game show Who Wants to Be a

Millionaire?



last month, contestant Rudy Reber designated Durst as his ’lifeline’

(for the uninitiated, this means that Reber could call Durst if he

needed help with a question). Durst accepted the responsibility, largely

because he ’didn’t think (Reber) had a chance in hell of making it

through the process.’ Alas, Reber got on quite a roll, and called on

Durst for assistance with his dollars 500,000 question: ’Who directed

Michael Jackson’s video ’Bad?’ ’



’Oh man, was I confident,’ said Durst. One problem: his answer, John

Landis, wasn’t right, costing Reber dollars 218,000 when he decided to

take his friend’s advice. (The correct answer: Martin Scorsese.)



Durst, who had thirsted for publicity in the past, found himself deluged

by calls from 86 reporters. ’The AP called me a ’famous comedian,’’ he

bemoaned. ’I couldn’t get a story written about me - until this.’



Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register
Already registered?
Sign in