7 Minutes in Heaven with Mike O'Brien

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  • 2011
  • 1 Season

7 Minutes in Heaven with Mike O'Brien is a web series from Broadway Video where host Mike O'Brien interviews a celebrity guest inside a closet for, you guessed it, seven minutes. The show premiered in 2011 and aired for three seasons before coming to a close in 2014.

Each episode begins with O'Brien introducing the show and the guest he will be interviewing. The two of them then head into the closet, where they will be locked in for seven minutes. The closet is small and cramped, with just enough room for a chair and some props that O'Brien likes to use to set the scene.

Once they are inside, O'Brien asks his guest a series of silly, offbeat questions. The questions range from personal ("What's the worst thing you've ever smelled?") to hypothetical ("If you could be any animal, what would you be?") to downright strange ("If you could punch any aquatic animal, which one would you choose?"). The questions are designed to get the guest to let their guard down and have some fun.

The show's format is simple, but there's something endearing about watching two people sit in a closet and chat for seven minutes. O'Brien has a knack for making his guests feel at ease, and his silly questions often lead to unexpected revelations. It's not uncommon for guests to share stories or insights that they might not have in a traditional interview setting.

One of the things that sets 7 Minutes in Heaven apart from other interview shows is its irreverent tone. O'Brien is not afraid to ask his guests inappropriate or taboo questions, and his guests are usually game to play along. It's clear that everyone involved is just having fun, and there's a sense of playfulness and spontaneity that is missing from more polished talk shows.

Another highlight of the show is O'Brien's willingness to get in on the joke. He often sets up elaborate scenarios or costumes for his guests to react to, and he's not afraid to make himself look foolish in the process. O'Brien's willingness to be vulnerable and silly helps to create a relaxed atmosphere where guests feel comfortable letting their guard down.

The show's guests are a mix of up-and-coming comedians, actors, and musicians, as well as established stars. Some of the show's most memorable guests include Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Martin Short, and Andy Samberg. O'Brien's chemistry with his guests is always a highlight, and it's clear that he's built strong relationships with many of them over the years.

Overall, 7 Minutes in Heaven with Mike O'Brien is a charming and entertaining show that offers a fresh take on the traditional celebrity interview format. O'Brien's offbeat questions and willingness to make himself look silly creates a lighthearted atmosphere that is perfect for guests to let their hair down and have fun. It's a shame that the show only lasted for three seasons, but its legacy lives on as one of the most beloved web series of the early 2010s.

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Jeff Goldblum joins Mike for Seven Minutes in Heaven.
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1. Kristen Wiig
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  • Premiere Date
    July 29, 2011