Farewell Jay Leno. Jay Leno will be greatly missed for his common man's humor and for his graciousness to guests and to the public. When one meets Jay in person you quickly discover what comes across onscreen, that he is a simple, regular guy with a special talent for putting an audience at ease and making you laugh. After watching his very touching final show and his farewell message, we wanted to share our own Jay Leno moment in this video.
This video audition tape from 2003 shows CelebrateGreece.com's own Cynthia Daddona (lifestyle journalist, comedian and author of ModernDayGoddess.com) who wanted to be a roving goddess correspondent for Jay Leno and the Tonight Show during the Athens 2004 Olympics. After having a nice conversation with Jay at one of his California personal appearances/performance, he asked her what work she did and Cynthia, who happened to be prepared, personally handed this tape (yes, tape!) to Jay who graciously accepted it. When follow-up was done to see if an American-Italian-Greek Goddess could be an Olympic, Tonight Show correspondent in Greece it was discovered that the Tonight Show is not on the air during the Olympics! Oh, well. It was fun making this video in Santorini and at the Acropolis. Watch how Cynthia, a seasoned on-camera personality, interviews tourists, including some who don't speak English, and even interviews a horse that answers her question! Enjoy. FYI, Cynthia was also a page at NBC for the Tonight Shows starrinig Johnny Carson in the 1980's.
Finally, James Stathis (Founder of CelebrateGreece.com) also met Jay Leno with Cynthia. When Jay asked him "What do you do for work?" Dr. Stathis told Jay that he was a dentist who also enjoyed documentary filmmaking. To which Jay, without hesitation, quipped back "Ask your mother...you are a dentist with a little camera!"
Jay, we're glad to see you are continuing with your comedy stand-up performance. Thanks for the inspirations and great laughs.