Monday night in their “Headlines” segment, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” featured an old Oklahoma Gazette advertisement for a Mike Hosty solo show. The ad was for a solo Hosty show at Taboma Beach Club & Cafe on North May in Oklahoma City in 2001.
The late night show previously used the ad in their “Headlines” segment in 2001. Below, read Hosty’s account of the first time the ad was featured on the late night show:
You know there once was a saying in the weird world of show business that once you made it on the Tonight Show, you had arrived. Hell, David Letterman wanted the job hosting the show so bad that he moved networks and they made a movie about him. So, the Tonight Show is an entertainment apex that your first appearance will always be remembered as. I am not sure yet, in my case, whether this legacy is good or bad.
You see, when the Trio is not riding around in the Rock and Roll Simulator, I on occasion play a solo show or two with the aid of a kick and snare drum beneath my feet. This skill was acquired on a fateful night when the rhythm section was about to kill each other and refused to play any more. So I hopped on the drums and played a disco beat for the remainder of the night. The one-man band evolution continues while in Stillwater at what was then called the Bullpen. Again it was the rhythm section subliminally urging me on. You see they left to score an oz of something I can’t remember when we went on break. As they break broke the 50-minute barrier it became apparent that they had sampled some of their precious cargo and weren’t coming back. So Again I hoped on the drums, at the owner’s request, and played until they arrived. So, it eventually blossomed into a little one-man band sideshow. All of this is necessary background in for I promise.
Anyway, There is a small club in OKC by the name of Taboma where, he hates this name, Little Georgie Colbert works and he had asked me to come up there and do a solo gig. He said he would do an ad for the gazette, a local entertainment newsletter, and that it would be low key etc. The ad he chose to put for the solo show in said “Taboma presents “Mike Hosty Plays with Himself.” Giving new meaning to a solo show, I guess.
“Did you like the ad?” George said.
“Well,……It is kind of funny.” I replied hoping my mom hadn’t seen it.
So, the ad ran and the gig was played. It all seemed over pretty quick and a funny ad was made. But then one morning I wake up to find that someone had sent the ad to the Jay Leno show,……………… the Tonight Show. They had read the ad on the “Funny Ad” Segment. I had made it to the Tonight Show on national TV. And the first impression on the national scene was “Mike Hosty Plays with Himself.” Well, if no one got it I am in good company with Pee Wee Herman.
Needless to say, mom finally saw the ad and said, “Oh Michael!”.