Most staffers who traveled with the show for Howard’s recent Hollywood broadcasts enjoyed living it up in Los Angeles, but not Memet Walker. According to his co-workers, the Stern Show staffer actually spent most of his West Coast work trip moping.
Despite rumors about Memet’s melancholy stemming from everything to a lack of L.A. airtime to the price of peas at the restaurant where Sal Governale celebrated his birthday, the staffer revealed he had actually been down in the dumps because he spent weeks crafting an idea for a Howard in Hollywood commercial—and his pitch was summarily rejected.
“I was a little bummed and I thought it was a missed opportunity,” Memet told Howard on Monday.
His concept was a “Silence of the Lambs” parody starring Howard as a serial killer, Ellen DeGeneres as someone trapped in a well, and Monday’s guest Jimmy Kimmel as a skin suit Howard might wear. Howard was shocked to learn Memet spent weeks perfecting such an outlandish pitch. “This was unrealistic … it’s so off the wall crazy,” he told Memet.
Howard admitted the pitch was so bad he initially believed Memet submitted it just so he could once again come into the studio and defend himself on air, as he did with his Times Square billboard idea back in March. But Memet insisted that wasn’t the case.
“No, I wasn’t doing it as a joke,” he told Howard. “I thought it was a good idea.”
Regardless, Howard told him a comedy show writer needn’t get emotionally attached to every idea that doesn’t make the cut. “You can’t let it overwhelm you,” he said to Memet.
It was co-host Robin Quivers who perhaps came the closest to offering Memet positive feedback about his commercial. “I don’t think it was his worst idea ever, so we’re moving in the right direction,” she laughed.
Watch Memet pitch his latest Stern Show commercial idea (above).