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-Thanks to an e-mail typo,
a man in Arizona was accidentally invited
to a total stranger's bachelor party,
and what happened next brings us to a segment called
"The Kind of Story We Need Right Now."
[ Applause ]
This is William Novak of Phoenix, Arizona.
A couple weeks ago, he got a group e-mail titled
"Angelo's Bachelor Party!",
inviting him to a party in Vermont
for a guy he'd never met.
That's because the e-mail was meant
for a different William Novak,
but the address was accidentally misspelled.
So, while you or I would have written back
and said, "Sorry, wrong address,"
this guy hit "reply all"
and wrote, "[Bleep] count me in."
[ Laughter ]
And...
And the guys organizing the party
wrote back and said, "You're not the guy we meant to invite,
but you sound awesome.
Get your ass to Vermont."
This is the kind of story we need right now!
We all, every one of us,
get a million e-mails a day, and they all suck.
Every e-mail in our inbox is
asking us to do something we don't want to do,
like meet with our supervisor, pay our bills,
or have coffee with Karen so she can get closure.
But this guy got an e-mail
offering him a chance to have adventure,
and he took it.
Now, Will is a new dad.
He can't be throwing his money around on spontaneous trips.
That's why he started a GoFundMe page
called "Help Me Go to the Bachelor Party of a Stranger."
The whole trip was funded in two hours!
To make sure that Will wasn't a murderer,
the guys planning the party
asked him to send a photo of himself.
And because Will is the coolest guy ever,
he sent this picture of him doing karate in second grade.
[ Laughter and applause ]
And then, in case you thought this couldn't get any better,
that picture went on the official bachelor party t-shirt.
This is the kind of story we need right now.
The headlines these days are filled with examples
of toxic masculinity.
We need more of this kind of masculinity --
the kind that makes men go skiing in matching t-shirts.
Word about this whole thing got out on social media
and then more cool stuff happened.
People offered the guys free ski lessons,
free tattoos, free beef jerky,
and when Will landed at the airport
for the bachelor party,
a guy from a local brewery met him there
with a bunch of free beer.
This is the kind of story we need right now.
'Cause Americans...
Americans love a lot of things -- freedom, independence,
guns, for some reason.
But there's literally nothing we love
more than free [bleep].
So, how did the bachelor party go?
You know, it was pretty standard.
They did regular bachelor party stuff,
like drinking, smoking cigars
and driving around in a free Maserati.
I didn't even know Vermont had Maseratis!
Our country is more divided than ever,
so it's a delight to see just one story
about people coming together.
So, thank you, Will Novak, for opening that e-mail
instead of ignoring it like I do with mine,
because this is the kind of story we need right now!
[ Cheers and applause ]
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The Kind of Story We Need Right Now: A Man Goes to a Stranger's Bachelor Party

79 Folder Collection
Jingjiang Li published on January 27, 2019
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