Taxi driver, mistaken for Apple expert, interviewed on live TV

by Paz

Suprised cabbie on BBC TV

In the UK, people joke that London taxi drivers have an opinion on everything.

Well here’s the proof, in one of the funniest video clips I’ve seen in years.

After a bizarre case of mistaken identity, a cabbie is interviewed on live television and asked for his thoughts on the future of internet downloading. This is a still from the video.

WARNING this video is hilarious, but before we show you the video, we have to give you a bit of background.

The taxi driver was supposed to collect net expert, Guy Kewney, who was due to give an interview on English television discussing the High Court verdict in the case of Apple Computers vs. Apple Corp (iTunes vs. The Beatles). While the cabbie was waiting to collect his fare, an assistant from the BBC called out the name “Guy Kewney”. Recognising the name of his passenger, the taxi driver raised his hand, and was immediately escorted to the studio where he was made up, fitted with a microphone before he had a chance to explain.

The first question put to the bewildered cabbie on live television; “Were you surprised by this verdict today?”

Watch him rise to the occasion…

Found via Tech Digest.

10 reviews or comments

philb Says: May 15, 2006 at 1:57 pm

The story as posted is not quite true. As the BBC explains, the “taxi driver” was in fact someone who turned up for a job interview, whose first name is Guy. The assistant went to the wrong reception and when he called out the name “Guy”, this unlucky man strode into the breach, as the Guy the assistant was after, was in a completely different part of the building.

Paz Says: May 15, 2006 at 2:29 pm

Hi Phil,

Thanks for that. Yes, I checked the BBC website and they’ve updated and released the identity of the “taxi driver”; Guy Goma who was indeed an IT job applicant.

He did so well in the interview though. I wonder if he’ll get the job… and will he get the standard BBC pundit’s fee?

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for him!


jeramiah Says: May 15, 2006 at 8:30 pm

wheres the video?

Forciare Says: May 15, 2006 at 11:28 pm

Hilarious! I havent had a good laugh in a bit. Thanks for posting that :- )

Paz Says: May 16, 2006 at 1:12 am

Jeramiah, I’ve tidied up the html code a little to give it broader support for different browsers, but my feeling is that you would have to install or update your flash plugin (version 8.0) to see it. It’s a pain I know; but definitely worth it.

jeramiah Says: May 16, 2006 at 12:16 pm

my flash was fine.. just wasnt workin for firefox before i guess… but now it is thanks

Stephen Says: May 19, 2006 at 9:34 am

I would love to see the video but it says the video is no longer available (I have Flash plugin 8.0). Can I still view it?

Al Says: May 19, 2006 at 10:24 am

Bummer doesn’t look like it, I’ll try to find it on Google video.

Al Says: May 19, 2006 at 10:27 am

Google Video rocks, fixed now.

Paz Says: May 19, 2006 at 10:37 am

Hi Stephen, yes it looks like youtube were forced to take down the video because the BBC complained about the content.
If you go to the BBC website directly, there’s a link to the video there. Enjoy!

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