The Big Bang Theory + The Barenaked Ladies = Great Day!

What a great afternoon.  My favourite show and my favourite band.  The boys from The Big Bang Theory (BBT) and the boys from The Barenaked Ladies (BNL) were in town yesterday taping an episode of eTalk Live at CTV down at 299 Queen Street West, in the parking lot.  It was a laugh.

Didn’t think that I would get in when I saw the length of the line.  There are quite a few fans of The Big Bang Theory in Toronto that are willing to skip school and work just to catch a glimpse.  I guess that’s why it’s the number one show in Canada right now.  3.3 million viewers.  Awesome.  Such a well written and cast show.  But,  for me it was the combo of BBT and BNL.

Our Toronto guests from BBT were Emmy award winner Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper), Simon Helberg (Howard Wolowitz) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj Koothrappali).  Missing were Johnny Galecki (Leonard Hofstadler) and Kaley Cucco (Penny), who recently broke her leg shooting an episode.  Didn’t think that it was such a full contact show.

The three boys from BBT were fantastic.  Keeping us all laughing and while having a great time themselves (they were taking pics of the crowd during the breaks).  I think that they were surprised about how popular they are in Canada.  Not sure that any of them had spent much time up in Canada before (lack of hockey knowledge).  They were presented, when they arrived in Toronto, with Toronto Maple Leafs jerseys.  I think that they got to go to the NHL season opener last night for the Leafs.  At eTalk they also received Team Canada hockey jerseys.  All set for…not sure what.  But they have 2 more jerseys than I do.

You may be wondering why The Barenaked Ladies were also at the taping?  They sing the theme song for The Big Bang Theory.  It’s a very catchy theme song in an era where not many shows have good theme songs or even anything other than a sound or a graphic.  As fans of the show, we were asking to sing it a few times at the taping.  There were even a few that had translated it into French and could sing that.  Impressive.  Check out BNL having some fun then singing the complete theme song.  For BNL fans, it wouldn’t be the same if they didn’t have a little fun before getting down to business.

The bonus to the afternoon, as a huge Barenaked Ladies fan, was that they stayed on after the taping of the show and played 4 more songs for us.  A few classics like “One Week” and “Pinch Me”, along with a few songs from their new album.

To top off the afternoon the lovely people at CTV provided all of us with free hot dogs, water, chips and candy floss.  Really, how much better does an afternoon get than that.

In closing, all I have to say is “BAZINGA”.  If you don’t know what that means then you better watch The Big Bang Theory. (Thursdays at 8pm on CTV and CBS).

Wait, one more thing.  If you wonder where you’ve seen Jim Parsons (Sheldon) before, check out this great commercial from a few years ago.