I LOVE LOVE LOVE working on AOTS. It’s rare that I ever reference that old chestnut “Singled Out,” not because I’m ashamed of it but because I never wanted to be the guy who was trying to milk the teat of its success long after it was appropriate. Actually, I don’t think I even milked that teat much when the show was still on. If you’re between the ages of 20 and 40 you may remember this show, as MTV aired the living shit out of it from 95-98. Yes! It was a blast. I was right out of college. Who wouldn’t love that job? Only a JERK. No! I did not sleep with Jenny McCarthy. And No! That does not make me gay. The most sexual thing that ever happened was Jenny showing me her PMOY spread. She pointed out to me, “See, the curtains don’t match the rug.” I complimented her decor nonetheless. Other than that, we had a very brothery-sistery relationship and I adored working with her. The only other “sexy-branded moment” I can think of was that one time Carmen Electra’s boob popped out during a promo shoot, and when I clumsily indicated this to her with a cupped hand gesture and an uncomfortable, “Uhhh…hey…there…” she calmly said, “Eh, everyone’s seen ’em anyway,” and flopped it back behind its shroud. She was super-cool as well.
Anyway, back to AOTS. They had wanted to do a “Singled Out” sketch for a while and I was way on board. I have to credit our writers, producers and staff–they executed it flawlessly, from Kevin’s excellent “Woos!” to the game board with gold crap glued to it right down to my floppy wig that represented the young, Caucasian mid-90s hair drapes that I used to have. I was having the weirdest flashbacks during this because THIS WAS EXACTLY WHAT THE SHOW WAS LIKE. Even though we were poking fun at it, this easily could have been an episode.
To AOTS and “Singled Out” I sincerely and without a shred of sarcasm say, “Good times.”