September 4th, 2008
09:05 PM ET
14 years ago

‘Smoking’ comedian alarms Secret Service

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Eugene Mirman and friends visit the CNN Grill."]
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) – Comedian Eugene Mirman would have arrived at the “CNN Grill” earlier had he not been detained by the U.S. Secret Service for his pants – apparently puffs of smoke were pouring out of one of his pockets.

“I was wearing a helmet and some goggles, and then I had some instant food that when you pulled the cord, the food heated up. What I didn’t know about the food I bought, which is my fault, is that it starts smoking,” he explained.

Mirman is at the Republican convention producing a series of funny, original videos for a Web site. If you’re trying to place the face: think the landlord in HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords.”

The comedian had rave reviews for the Secret Service, however, who he described as “extremely polite.”

The helmet and goggles are still a mystery.

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. gerri

    Sounds like he is happy to see me.

    September 4, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  2. Ralph

    Obama has record day for donations because they know it will take every dime they can muster to beat McCain. Talk about running scared.

    September 4, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  3. Ralph

    I worte it here because they closed that comment ticket.

    September 4, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  4. Che-3

    Like frightened mice on a corn dough they panic even if one sneezes.

    September 4, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |