Roberto Luongo was the guest on Hockey Night in Canada After Hours Saturday night, and as you might have guessed, it was must-watch television.
This interview had three things going for it from the start. First, the Canucks won, so Luongo was guaranteed to be in a good mood. Second, Luongo spent the entire night sitting on the bench, so you know he was ready for a little banter. And third, Scott Oake is notorious for awkwardly asking the questions you’re not supposed to ask. Typically, if he’s been told he’s not supposed to ask something, he just asks it like this: “I know I’m not supposed to ask this, but I have to ask.” It’s super subtle.
Sure enough, it all came together, resulted in what one might argue was the best of many great Canuck performance on After Hours. Watch and enjoy.
Done? Then please join me in a standing slow clap. I don’t care that Bieber is hosting SNL tonight. As live television goes, this wins the night. Maybe the year.
A few quick notes: We are quite pleased for our buddy Wyatt Arndt, aka The Stanchion. As it turns out, if someone made a Venn diagram of our buddies and Luongo’s buddies, Wyatt would be where the two circles overlap.
While we’re handing out the kudos, a healthy congratulations to the Shap Crew, who continue to find new ways to infect the world with their made-up words. You had to know their moment was coming, since Oake’s been downright spammed with requests to ask about Luongo’s Shappy award all day, but Luongo made the moment when he wryly called Oake a milt to his face. A triumph, both for the shap crew and for live television, especially since I’m pretty sure “milt” (which typically refers to a bad shapper or some such nonsense) is actually a really dirty word, and the grown-ups in that crew giggle every time someone says it.
Anyway. Enough about everyone else. Luongo is the star here, as he should be, since his lines tonight were off the charts.
When Scott Oake suggests that, at 34, Luongo might be fairly old in athlete years, he quips, “I’ve got still 8 more years on my contract.” 34 years young, that Lu.
When asked why he’s suddenly so beloved, Luongo cracks, “”They love their backups in Vancouver, so that’s why I’m a fan favourite right now.”
But, of course, the real reason he’s a fan favourite is discussed in the greatest segment of the interview, when Oake and Luongo spend a good five minutes breaking down things he’s tweeted. Oake tries to be diplomatic, as we once were, coyly pretending he doesn’t know it’s Luongo in the most obvious way, but Luongo doesn’t even bother. He explains everything. He speaks in first-person. It’s hilarious and great. If you were still among those doubting that @Strombone1 is Luongo — in which case, you are one of the world’s most skeptical people — this oughta do it.Tags: After Hours, HNIC, Roberto Luongo, strombone1, The Twitters