GRH(W)M: Going Places

Posted by Nicole Winchester on March 26, 2010 2:47 PM

So you think I have the most awesome job in the world, hey? You're kind of right. I get to boss around George Stroumboulopoulos!

The bossing around comes when I'm supposed to get George to set. It's my job to make sure he gets from our office to set on time. If I don't do my job, the show is late. And obviously, the show can't be late!

About an hour before rehearsal, I start giving George warnings: "An hour before rehearsal, George!"

He's usually in meetings with writers or producers and kind of ignores me. But he ignores me for good reason. To make The Hour happen, there are about 40 staff members, and every single one needs to talk to George. That makes for a lot of meetings, questions, and answers, but not for a lot of extra time. So he doesn't really ignore me. He just smiles and thinks it's funny that I try to get him to the show on time.

Fifteen minutes later: "Forty-five minutes, George!"

This is him in his office ignoring me:


But really, he ignores me for good reason. He has to review and write scripts, research the day's guests, work with the producers on show outline, and do about a million other things.

Fifteen minutes later, I interrupt whatever he's doing: "Thirty minutes, George!"

He smiles at me and says he and the writers have to finish writing the show. Rehearsal will wait.

I smile back and say he's going to be in rehearsal in 30 minutes.

Fifteen minutes later: "Fifteen minutes, George! We've gotta get to the studio!"

Finally, I get him out of his office and we walk to the studio, where I try to give him any last-minute information. This is kind of difficult because he gets really chatty on his way to the studio. You know, he warms up for interviewer mode. That means we stop off at people's desks all the way down to the studio. We'll chat with our Office Manager, Web Team, Audience Coordinator, whoever is around. Then we'll get to the Steven and Chris offices, where we'll chat with everyone there and maybe even try to steal some treats left over from that day's show. Next, we end up chatting with Dragon's Den staff. I must admit that hangin' with George is a good way to get to know people around CBC. But it's frustrating to be the person in charge of getting him anywhere on time!

I'd like you to know that usually we end up arriving in rehearsal on time. Have you ever seen the show start after 11:05 this season? No? Excellent. I'm doing my job.

 - Carolyn is George's assistant, right hand woman, and all around cool chick.

Photo by Caitlin Cronenberg

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