Tech Glitch in Presentation? Call on Robin Williams

February 28, 2008

Few things are more embarrassing for a public R Williams.jpg speaker than having a technical glitch hold up your presentation in front of a packed auditorium. That is unless you have comedian Robin Williams in the audience and ready to hop on stage to fill the dead air, as he did last night at the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Conference in Monterey.

Kim Zetter, who reported on it for Wired Magazine, said she thought she was sitting in front of a heckler at the New Media Panel, when hearing Williams pretend that he was conducting a live news feed from his seat, and noting the irony that a show-stopping technical mishap would occur at a technology conference.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin was on the panel, which made it easy for Williams to tie the Mountain View Googleplex into his impromptu act. As Wired’s Zetter reported:

If you walk into Google, you see everyone sitting on exercise balls, “which I think is how they’re hatching new employees.”

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