I possibly spent my Wednesday night in the nerdiest way possible–at a taping of popular tech podcast, Diggnation starring hosts Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht.
Long-time listeners of the podcast will know that Diggnation often does live shows in their home state of California, but they have also taken their show on the road to places like Japan, the Netherlands, and the UK. So it’s been a long time waiting for the very first New York Diggnation show, so as soon as I found out about it I knew I had to go.
Little did I know that when I arrived slightly after 6pm (when the flyer said the doors were opening) at Studio B in Williamsburg/Greenpoint, there would be a line that literally wrapped around the block. Apparently more people are interested in two dudes, a couch, and their laptops then say… your old roommate’s crappy noise rock band. Who’d’ve thunk it?
The fire marshal came to the venue and looked around for quite a while. The venue usually fits around 1200 people, but for some mysterious “sewage problem” reason, they only had room for 600, so literally hundreds of people (and by “people” I mean 592 dudes and me and 7 other girls) were left outside to wait and hope that they would eventually be let in.
Kevin and Alex came out to apologize, as did Digg CEO Jay Adelson. Brian Brushwood of Rev 3’s Scam School came out to perform a few of his tricks, Sarah Meyers from Pop17 got in trouble with the PR list ladies for handing her pass to one of her friends, and Digg Meet-up posters were handed out.
After the fire marshal left, the coast was clear and they let the remaining people into the venue. A little after 8:30pm, the show started and the crowd roared!
It was a lot of fun watching them tape a show live. I can’t wait to see the results!
More coverage of the sausage-fest that was: Daymoon Design, Alley Insider, The Social at cNet, APP Scout, the Analytics Guru, Style by Mary, gPowered, Toddspell, and many MANY other likeminded nerds.
A little bit of the madness captured on video: