FARGO — Patrick Kasper of Fargo had an interesting wakeup call this morning — actually, several of them. Friends were texting and messaging him that they just saw him on “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”
“They live on the East Coast, so the show is on out there an hour before we see it here,” Kasper said.
So Kasper was ready to watch himself when the show began at 9 a.m. in Fargo. The Fargo native, choreographer and dance teacher at Gasper’s School of Dance was featured in the daily “Cheers to the New Year” trivia segment.
Normally, stars Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest would ask an audience member to help introduce the segment. But without a studio audience because of COVID, they now ask viewers to submit videos.
Kasper, a loyal "Live" viewer, said he submitted the video of himself tap dancing at Gasper’s about a month ago. He decided to dance with a stuffed clown he named Fenchley.
“I bought Fenchley at a garage sale like 20 years ago,” he said. “I danced about half of the time with Fenchley and half without him.”
But Ripa and Seacrest must have liked Fenchley’s moves as they chose to feature just the part with both of them dancing.
Ripa even seemed to do a little North Dakota accent when introducing Kasper.
Kasper, who is best known for conducting Positive Motion motivational seminars around the country, most recently turned the book and musical he wrote, “Purple Rhymes with Orange,” into an interactive Zoom performance available for use in schools.
With the huge number of video submissions the show must get, it was pretty fun to be chosen, he said.
“Yes, it was a nice surprise,” he said. “Definitely a fun way to wake up.”