An Earthquake Hit When He Was Speaking On Stage, and We Have Video!

I've booked Don McMillan for a long time for many successful shows.  Last week, an earthquake hit while he was on stage.  When I heard the story and then watched the crazy video (below),  I decided to interview him to find out what it was like to have your show stopped by seismic activity.

Brian Lord: When the earthquake started, did you realize what was happening?
Don McMillan: No - that was one of the funniest parts! I was on stage moving around so I didn't feel it.
I kept talking and no one was laughing. I wondered what I said to lose them.
I finally asked what was going on and as a group, the crowd yelled "Earthquake!"

 
Brian Lord: How does a comedian recover from an earthquake busting into your show?
Don McMillan: I've done improv for years and I've learned to deal truthfully with whatever is going on - and it will be funny.
I was simply honest in sharing my thoughts - and my feelings - and my "cluelessness".
Comedian is about shared experiences - and being in the middle of an earthquake together is definitely a shared experience.
You have to be willing to let go of your plan and live in the moment.
 
Brian Lord: Did the fact that you're an engineer help in any way?
Don McMillan: The seismic wave had a relatively long wavelength (i.e. it was more "rolly" than "jolting") and I knew the building was up to code, so I felt confident in terms of infrastructure that we were safe. Engineers are a type of superhero.
 
Brian Lord: What did the event planner say to you afterward?
Don McMillan:: He thanked me for staying calm - talking the audience through it - and getting them laughing again.
 
Brian Lord: What is the (presumably second) weirdest interruption you've ever had during a show?
Don McMillan: I had a fire break out in the lights above my head in a huge concert hall (The Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa, CA). There was a ball of flame 100 feet above my head. Only, once again. I didn't realize what was happening. People just stopped laughing. I asked what going on. One guy in the front row pointed to the ceiling and said, "Look up." I saw the fire and said, "Oh, that is not part of my act." Then I asked the control booth what to do and I directed the audience to calmly exit the building. They brought out a ladder and put out the light that was on fire. An HOUR later we resumed the show. I walked out on stage with a fire extinguisher and said, "I've only got 20 more minutes - this time I'm ready."


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Dr. Don McMillan graduated from Stanford University with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. In his more than 30 years in the high tech world, he has worked at IBM, AT&T Bell Laboratories, and VLSI Technology. He's also an award-winning stand-up comedian, the star of fifteen national commercials for Budweiser- including two Super Bowl commercials, and we've booked him to great success for companies like Qorvo, NTT Data, and Kraft Foods.

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I've booked Don McMillan for a long time for many successful shows. Last week, an earthquake hit while he was on stage. When I heard the story and then watched the crazy video (below),I decided to interview him to find out what it was like to have your show stopped by seismic activity. Brian Lord: When the earthquake started, did you realize ...
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