I had the incredible experience of playing myself in HBO’s Silicon Valley. I wasn’t sure what to write about it, but TechCrunch made things easy on me by asking for a brief description, repeated below.
It was totally surreal, like some kind of drug trip that gave me déjà vu every five minutes. They had the real Disrupt signs, the name tags — even the stage itself felt right.
Of course there were differences. More cameras and hairspray than I’m used to, and there’s a lot of repetition in the production process, with the same scene being shot from multiple angles. Also, “Erlich Bachman” is easier to pronounce than many of the real founders’ names.
I remember asking Mike Judge how I should sit in my chair, and he said to sit how I usually sit, and I had a minor existential crisis. I decided to try to keep my back straight, this being TV and all.
Just nuts, right?
You can find me in Season 1, Episodes 7 and 8 (the latter of which airs this weekend), and don’t miss TechCrunch Battlefield Editor Sam O’Keefe’s report on all the work that went into building the set.