Note: This article contains a couple of spoilers for people who haven’t yet seen HIMYM (or most notably, the series finale). And if you’re one of those people, you’re really missing out.
Carter Bays ’97 and Craig Thomas ’97, the co-creators, co-writers, and co-producers of How I Met Your Mother returned to campus on Saturday night. Their hit CBS sitcomended last spring, with its finale garnering 12.9 million viewers (brag moment: that’s 2 million more than Breaking Bad’s finale). Scott Higgins, Chair of the College of Film and the Moving Image, asked them a range of questions before opening it up to a very excited audience. Here’s a roundup of the good stories and choice quotes from the night.
Nine seasons in the making, and we have snacks! This is an event of my personal making:
Join students, faculty, staff, and me in watching the series finale of How I Met Your Mother on the massive flat screen TV in the Career Center! Co-created by Carter Bays ’97 and Craig Thomas ’97, the show has won several awards in its nine seasons!
Come in at 7:30 PM to indulge in generous refreshments, the show starts at 8, and be on your merry way! No reservations required! Just show up (and suit up, if you’re so inclined)!
But now Bays and Thomas want to talk. Specifically, they’ve managed to log onto to Wesleyan’s WesConnect alumni news board to spam their upcoming seventh season to point out some past Wes shout-outs (have you noticed? yeah?) and promise more. Here’s a clip of their message to the Wes community:
See, Carter and I based three of the main characters, Ted, Marshall and Lily (played by Josh Radnor, Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan) on Carter, myself and Rebecca Alson-Milkman (class of ’98) and had them meet at Wesleyan, much like ourselves. Over six seasons, we’ve written in many a reference to our beloved alma mater (Have you caught them, Wesleyan? Really? Okay, pop quiz: name them all. I’m waiting… You know what, I don’t believe you, let’s just move on!)
Everyone knows Carter Bays ’97, Emmy-nominated co-creator, writer, and executive producer (with Craig Thomas ’97) of How I Met Your Mother, went to Wesleyan. The guy won’t let you forget it: the show’s riddled with Wes references, from fictional alumni to shout-outs to “McConaughey Dining Hall” (whose demolition, by the way, Bays avidly supported—go figure).
Far fewer know how he got his start in comedy writing: before HIMYM, and before his first post-Wes day job with The Late Show with David Letterman, Bays served a brief but memorable stint as editor of the Ampersand. (Naturally, this means I, too, will conveniently waltz into a nationally successful television career upon graduation. Thanks, fate.) Last year the Argus‘sHIMYM Diaries column dredged up a few amusing selections from Bays’ Amper tenure. When he finally granted the interview, the producer expressed embarrassment: “I just can’t read that stuff again.”
Last night’s How I Met Your Mother (created by Craig Thomas ’97 and Carter Bays ’97) had even more Wesleyan shoutouts than usual. Three of the show’s main characters went to Wesleyan on the show.
In last night’s episode, Ted Mosby reflected on his time on the “Mysterious Dr. X” on the WesU radio station. Here’s a screenshot of the description on his resume:
As the Mysterious Dr. X, he also organized distinctly Wesleyan “campus-wide” protests…
…at our favorite (though, sadly, soon to fade out of campus memory) dining hall, MoCon.
Watch the whole episode totally legally from CBS.com. Also, someone posted this link in the Shoutbox to to Dr. X’s old website, mysteriousdrx.com, with plenty of more great Wesleyan-mocking (three sample truly hilarious radio shows where Dr. X will be “triggering your mental orgasms with his long, hard di…scourses.” and hey, there’s even a reference to a popular campus web log? hmm…)