About five years ago, I appeared on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report." It was the most difficult media interview that I've ever done. It was a fantastic experience, though, and I'll never forget getting picked up at my hotel and dropped off at the studio in midtown Manhattan. There was a line forming outside, and I was the guest that night. It felt surreal, but I calmed my nerves and gave the interview my best shot.
Colbert and his producers were very nice, and made everything a lot of fun. The studio was much smaller than I thought it would be, but I felt the heat of the bright lights beaming down on me just the same. The somewhat hostile audience didn't make things any easier, but hey, when the lights turn on and the show starts, you have to bring your A game.
Below is the clip of the interview, which I will never forget. At the end of the day, I survived the gauntlet, and Colbert even gave me a nice compliment about how well he thought I did. Watch the clip and let me know what you think.
Brendan Steinhauser is a national political strategist focused on campaigns, media, and public policy.