A Year of Stories: “Meeting Kristen Schaal”

A Year of Stories "Meeting Kristen Schaal" with Brian Miller

Posted by on June 26, 2016

Some stories are just cool. They don’t have a point or a message. They’re just unabashedly awesome.

This is one of those stories.

I was a senior in college and preparing to venture out into the real world and try my hand at full time entertainment. I had already turned down a PhD offer, cementing my decision to attempt a career in magic rather than spend another 5-7 years in school.

The Director of Student Activities at my school had given me a lot of stage time over the years, but he was about to offer me an unforgettable opportunity.

“Hey Brian, would you be interested in opening for Kristen Schaal?”

Louise shocked and excited gif from Bob's Burgers
 
Would I??? This was a world before Bob’s Burgers, and I was a HUGE fan of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords. Kristen Schaal was an alternative comedian who played Brett and Jermaine’s lone fan of their band on the show. She was weird and hilarious.

Kristen Schaal Flight of the Conchords gif

And I couldn’t wait to meet her.

I was being given a full 30 minutes to perform on stage in front of nearly 600 people for family weekend, as the opening act for a minor celebrity. My friend Scotty came with me and brought his camera. We set up for my portion of the show and then just waited for her to arrive.

When she did, she was everything you would expect from the characters she plays on TV and in the movies: quirky, bubbly, and very nice.

“Are you Brian, the magician?” she asked as she walked toward us.

I couldn’t believe she knew my name already. I stammered through meeting her and we asked if it was okay to take a photo.

“Of course!” she exclaimed. “Why don’t we do a whole shoot?”

Magician Brian Miller with Kristen Schaal

Magician Brian Miller with Kristen Schaal

I tried to maintain my professional demeanor, but eventually broke down and asked her to sign one of my Flight of the Conchords DVD boxes. She was more than happy to oblige.

My performance went very well. I was on a high from having met Kristen and it definitely shined through. Scotty got some great photos of me on stage, which became part of my promo moving forward.

Magician Brian Miller on stage senior year of college

The school newspaper gave me a fantastic write-up, which also became a feature part of my promotional package in my first year as a full time magician.

Magician Brian Miller in State Times newspaper

This newspaper clipping has been modified from its original state. It does not reflect the full original article or the formatting of the State Times newspaper.

As experiences go it is one that I will never forget. Thanks for being such a class act Kristen.

Until next time,

Brian

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Brian Miller is a Connecticut youth motivational speaker who travels the country sharing his message and magic with high school and college students . His TEDx talk "How to Magically Connect with Anyone" is one of the most popular in history.
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