CNET también está disponible en español.

Ir a español

Don't show this again

Christmas Gift Guide
Culture

Bill and Melinda Gates keep a straight face, while trying to be funny

Technically Incorrect: The Microsoft co-founder and his wife help a good cause, Red Nose Day, by keeping cool while all around them is TV drama.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


gates679.jpg
Sheer professionalism. NBC/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Bill and Melinda Gates have seen it all.

So when they were asked not to laugh for charity, they performed like seasoned actors.

The cause was Red Nose Day last Thursday -- a charity drive that has existed in the UK for many years. It was brought over to the US by NBC, and the money raised goes to children and young people living in poverty.

The Microsoft co-founder and his wife were asked to appear in a skit, in which they had to keep extremely straight faces, while all around them was tortured media chaos.

Clearly this is something they're used to. Even if in Melinda's case, sometimes it leads to a dig at Apple.

Bill, on the other hand, is a humor veteran.

He appeared with Jerry Seinfeld in one of the most underrated tech campaigns ever. Yes, for Microsoft.

In it, his comic timing was exquisite (for an amateur), and Microsoft succumbed to pressure from the myopic in ending the campaign far too soon.

This Red Nose Day role was relatively simple in comparison: Let the idiots be idiots, while you stare straight ahead and don't let on that they're behaving like idiots and you know it.

Yes, it's just like an old Microsoft board meeting.