So… I’m going to be on TV tonight.

Huh. That’s not really an elegant title, is it? But I guess it gets the point across…

Here’s the deal. A couple months back, I shot a pilot for a TV show with the Travel Channel.

That show is going to be airing TODAY (October 27th) at 10pm Eastern Time. On… well… the Travel Channel. Like I said.

(Edit: For those of you who don’t have cable: It’s also a part of live linear schedule on Play Station Vue, Hulu Live TV, & Sling.)

Here’s a teaser.

As you’ve probably guessed, the show is called Myths and Monsters. It’s about how myths evolve and grow. It’s about stories, really. How stories come to be.

This particular episode is about the Mothman.

There’s a brief write up of the show with a few more details over here if you’re interested.

I’ll save you a click if you just want to see the funniest part, which is this:

You see, when anyone is taking a picture of me, I can be serious for about 10-15 seconds. And then I start making faces until the person with the camera laughs, cries, or just gives up. (People who have been to my signings can verify this.)

When I saw that picture, I thought to myself, “Where the fuck did they get that photo?” Then I realized that it probably happened when we were off shooting the show. People with cameras would come up to me and say, “We need some production stills” or something like that. And I’d nod and smile, or try and look dignified or somehow… I dunno, authorial or something.

But again, only for about 10-15 seconds. Then I start goofing off.

This one was probably one of the photos they took *after* that initial 15 seconds, when I was fucking around and looking dramatic, or crazy, or… fuck. I don’t even know. Maybe I was just hungry. I don’t know what that expression on my face is supposed to signify.

Personally, I like the rendition that they did on this social media banner more:

(Feel free to plaster my gormless mug on all your medias!)

I think that looks a little more like me. Or at least how I look to myself inside my head.

So… Yeah. That’s all. I’m on TV tonight. If y’all wanted to watch the show, it’s at 9:00 CST. If you’re interested in monsters or mythology or stories or mothmen or me, you might find it entertaining.

I will say, I had a good time shooting it. I met a lot of interesting people, and had a lot of interesting conversations. I just hope that the stuff I remember being cool didn’t end up on the cutting room floor. I haven’t seen the final version yet either.

If you don’t have Travel Channel… I don’t know what to tell you. Maybe find a friend who does and go to their house? Have a Pre-Halloween Rothfuss Mythology party? Maybe develop some sort of drinking game you can play during the show?

(Edit: If you don’t have access to cable. The show is part of the live linear schedule on Play Station Vue. It’s also on Hulu Live TV and Sling.)

Here. I’ll give you the first two rules:

1. Every time I cuss, take a drink.

2. If it’s such a bad cuss that they have to bleep me out, take two drinks.

Edit: Some Good Suggestions from the comments and Twitter.

  • Every time someone says the title of the show during the show, take three drinks.
  • Every time Pat looks up at something in an inquisitive manner, take a drink.
  • When Pat Rothfuss looks at the camera with “teacher eyes,” take a drink.
  • Pat Rothfuss starts explaining something by first pointing at the sky – two drinks.
  • Drink when someone references Pat’s books.
  • Drink Every time you wish you were watching Stranger Things instead.
  • Drink every time Pat uses a word you don’t know.

Advanced/Dangerous options

  • Anytime Pat says, “Actually…”
  • Any Pat is self deprecating, take a drink of your friend’s drink. Then apologize.
  • Reference to book three – Three Drinks.
  • Pat Rothfuss says “story about stories” or gets meta – drink.
  • Drink every time Pat says a fascinated “…huh.”
  • Everyone pick a specific phrase and only drink when your phrase is uttered.
    • “That’s interesting”
    • “Urban Legend”
    • “Moth dong”
  • Put a fake mustache on your TV. When it lines up with someone’s upper lip, you drink.

I’m open to suggestions in the comments below. If you have any clever ideas, put them down there. I might move a few new rules up here if they really tickle me. But otherwise, I suggest that y’all look through them on your own and make a ruleset that works for your peer group, genetic makeup, and available liquor supply.

Have fun everyone,


This entry was posted in a billion links, Achievement Unlocked!, cool news, cool things, movie talk, my rockstar life. By Pat18 Responses


  1. begna112
    Posted October 27, 2017 at 3:53 AM | Permalink

    Something makes me thing the writer of the “About the Host” is a peeved fan. hehe.

    The first two books of his epic trilogy The Kingkiller Chronicle were bestsellers, and millions of fans are clamoring for the release of the third.

    If the pilot does well, can we expect to see your face on TV more often? Or is this more like a one-off gig where they’ll bring in new hosts every episode?

  2. Karim
    Posted October 27, 2017 at 4:43 AM | Permalink

    Take a drink every time:

    1. Pat Rothfuss delightedly rubs his hands together when he refers to liars

    2. Pat Rothfuss looks at the camera with “teacher eyes”

    3. Pat Rothfuss starts explaining something by first pointing at the sky

    4. Pat Rothfuss says “story about stories” or is, in any way, meta

    I say this all lovingly, Pat.

    • Posted October 27, 2017 at 12:24 PM | Permalink

      The Meta one might be dangerous….

  3. chaelek
    Posted October 27, 2017 at 5:59 AM | Permalink

    Any time during a conversation when you say something along the lines of, “Well it’s interesting you mention that..” and take the conversation onto a completely different track, finish your drink.

    Any time you’re self deprecating, take a drink of your friend’s drink. Then apologize.

    • katieighty
      Posted October 27, 2017 at 11:43 AM | Permalink

      Ha! YES. I love his wandering talks, but I doubt they’ll fit into a 40 minute show.

  4. RickT
    Posted October 27, 2017 at 6:10 AM | Permalink

    After your explanation about giggling whenever anyone is taking your picture, the most obvious drinking game rule is: every time you giggle randomly, take a shot (or empty your glass).

  5. Posted October 27, 2017 at 6:32 AM | Permalink

    It’s 10pm EST, though it says 8 above.

  6. outerspaceguy
    Posted October 27, 2017 at 8:00 AM | Permalink

    For those of us in Arizona, it appears to be on at 7pm tonight and then again at 10pm
    Dish channel 196

  7. pooh1999
    Posted October 27, 2017 at 9:13 AM | Permalink

    While I don’t drink, I look forward to watching, maybe they will consider doing an episode featuring the Chandrian and the Amyr.

  8. jhessa
    Posted October 27, 2017 at 10:07 AM | Permalink

    Drink every time Pat does a pensive beard stroke.

  9. billmonz78
    Posted October 27, 2017 at 11:46 AM | Permalink

    A drink every time Pat uses a word that is not in your vernacular.

    A drink every time Travel Channel cuts to commercial break.

  10. Mikael H
    Posted October 27, 2017 at 1:01 PM | Permalink

    Cool beans! Host of a TV show, I’ll say.

    Is it y a pilot or will there be more? If so, will you also host them?

    • Mikael H
      Posted October 27, 2017 at 1:03 PM | Permalink

      wtf autocorrect, that’s like a new low record.

  11. juion
    Posted October 27, 2017 at 1:18 PM | Permalink

    Run, whiskey, or wine? How bad of a drinking game is this going to be?

  12. Dirtneck
    Posted October 28, 2017 at 4:16 PM | Permalink

    Every time you get depressed waiting for book 3 take a drink. Sigh.

    • Liam
      Posted November 8, 2017 at 12:27 AM | Permalink

      Don’t be shitty.

  13. Whozzat
    Posted October 30, 2017 at 7:47 AM | Permalink

    While I enjoyed the show, I must say that was the worst drinking game ever! They didn’t let you curse once; now what am I going to do with all this beer?

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