2nd SACC-TV act shown on Leno
SCHENECTADY Jay Leno has thrown another Schenectady punchline to fans of NBC’s “The Tonight Show.”
During his monologue on Thursday night’s show, Leno gave Schenectady Access Cable Council performer Jana Harris time in the limelight.
The gag was “Spot the Public Access Christmas Special.” Two big-budget singing productions followed — and they were followed by nine seconds of Harris singing “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in a far less lavish setting.
The bit was a sequel of sorts to Leno’s commentary Monday night, in which he asked viewers to “Spot the Cable Christmas Special.” Nationally known singers — and SACC performer Janice Thompson — were featured.
Harris, who lives in Guilderland, had not seen the clip Friday, but she hopes Leno and his writers are not having too much fun at SACC’s expense.
“I have a lot of pride in what I do,” Harris said Friday night, “and I have people who back me up. ... I work very hard at my craft.”
The clip came from Harris’ 2012 Christmas show.
Randall Hogue Sr., president of SACC, said the long-running Harris program, “Jana Sings,” was at one time the most popular program in the Schenectady public access lineup. If the show was taken out of broadcast rotation, he said, people called to complain.
Hogue doesn’t mind another local reference on national television, even though Harris was not identified or credited as an SACC performer during the segment.
“We have a sense of humor about these things,” he said. “I was kind of surprised they had another segment on. My reaction is still the same — it’s nice to know Jay Leno is watching SACC-TV.”