Ten awkward TV interviews
Via Digg comes ten YouTube clips featuring some of the most awkward television interviews ever conducted. Some of them are classic, such as Barbara Walters asking Katherine Hepburn what kind of a tree she'd like to be, but most of them are fairly recent: Michael Richards on Letterman, a seemingly spaced-out Paula Abdul, and Tom Cruise talking down to Matt Lauer. My favorite is the various clips of Mike Tyson being, well, Mike Tyson.
The clip featuring George Michael smoking a joint doesn't seem all that awkward to me. If anything, it's the most coherent of all of them, which makes me think celebrities might want to start taking a few tokes before they sit down for an interview.
One of the first celebrity interviews I ever conducted was with Lewis Black several years ago. Luckily, the only copy of that phone interview is on a cassette tape in my apartment, because it's less of an interview and more of a testament to the fact I really had no idea how to conduct a decent interview. He was a nice guy, though.