Inside the Studio : A Piece of Cake

It was an exciting week on the Ken Collums Show. There was a lot to talk about on set after an upset win of 38 to 35 against FBS team Troy. You could feel the anticipation immediately when walking onto the set. It was our first win of the season, and it was a big one. This win was much needed after the humiliating loss to Georgia State.

I was a production assistant this week, so my job was fairly easy, which was a huge relief after the pressure of being director last week. I was happy to be moving set pieces and handing out water. During the shoot, Grant Boone announced that it was the coach’s birthday that week, which was news to me. It did not really seem important at the time, but after that announcement I heard Nathan Gibbs voice in my ear saying, “We have a cake for the coach, and we are going to bring it out in two minutes”.

Nathan proceeded to walk us through how it was going to happen, and at the two minute mark, the floor director was supposed to give the cue to Grant. Grant would then mention the cake, and it would be brought out; the floor director only had to set it on the table with the numbers facing out. Well, we got to the two-minute mark, and, as the cake started to be carried out, the candles blew out. While the candles were re-lit, Grant had the task of stalling the cameras. Finally, after re-lighting the candles, the cake was finally set on the table facing the wrong direction. Instead of 42 the numbers read a backwards 24. It could have been much worse, but the crew almost died stifling their laughter. Luckily, it was a quick fix for Grant to flip the cake around, and the rest of the show went on without a hitch.

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