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Fact: This is a List of 10 Things That Super-Talented Matt Lauer Cannot Do

Updated on February 2, 2015
The talented Matt Lauer
The talented Matt Lauer

Matt Lauer in a word

If you were asked to describe Matt Lauer, formerly of the NBC Today (show), what adjective would you choose? Terrific, talented, stupendous or amazing? This was a feeble trick question. There are no wrong answers. All of these adjectives easily-define Matt Lauer, whose talents helped to make Today the strong morning presence on NBC that is (pardon the pun) today.

Research told me that Lauer has either dabbled in or did a number of stints on television ranging from the hard-hitting one-on-one interviews with celebrities (e.g. Lauer argues with Tom Cruise about the Church of Scientology) and the light-hearted entertainment news shows. Matt knows his television, alright.

Katie Couric and Matt Lauer
Katie Couric and Matt Lauer

Welcome to Today

  • Today (also called The Today Show) is a daily American news and talk morning television show that airs on NBC. The program debuted on January 14, 1952. It was the first of its genre on American television and in the world, and is the fifth-longest-running American television series. Originally a two-hour program on weekdays, it expanded to Sundays (currently a one hour program) in 1987 and Saturdays (running for two hours) in 1992. The weekday broadcast expanded to three hours in 2000, and to four hours in 2007.
  • Today's dominance was virtually unchallenged by the other networks until the late 1980s, when it was overtaken by ABC's Good Morning America. Today retook the Nielsen ratings lead the week of December 11, 1995, and held onto that position for 852 consecutive weeks until the week of April 9, 2012, when it was beaten by Good Morning America yet again. Today has maintained its number 2 status since the Summer of 2012 each year behind GMA. In 2002, Today was ranked #17 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.

Source: WIkiPedia Free Encyclopedia

A happy Matt Lauer
A happy Matt Lauer

The evolution of Matt Lauer

I recall Lauer when he had a full-head of hair. Handsome and groomed were Lauer's two best friends. I also recall Lauer how he is like "me" today (no pun intended) without any hair on his head. The only distinguishing difference between Lauer and me is that Lauer is the most-handsome.

So with the phrase, "master of all trades," attached to him, I once assumed that no matter what task was assigned to Matt Lauer, he would flash that mischievous look and then get to it. But I found out that Lauer is not all that super-talented.

In fact, there just happens to be

10 Things That Super-Talented Matt Lauer Cannot Do

(WARNING: the remainder of this piece is sad, so be prepared. Get yourself a box of Kleenex before reading any further).

10.) Matt Lauer does not know how to correctly construct a sand structure on the beach.

9.) Lauer is lost when it comes to deer or squirrel hunting.

8.) Lauer gets very confused when he tries his hand at being an auctioneer.

7.) Matt Lauer gets overwhelmed when he climbs behind the wheel of a ferry boat.

6.) Matt Lauer is a lousy gambler.

5.) Writing catchy-Irish folksongs is not in Lauer's repertoire.

4.) Training guard dogs is the same as speaking fluent Chinese to Matt Lauer.

3.) Matt Lauer might run "in" a marathon, but take the lead or win, no way.

2.) Matt Lauer would get boo'd off the stage if he tried to be a magician.

1.) Lauer would fail miserably if he had to be a fry cook for a living.

Are you going to be alright? Sometimes finding out the truth is not a pleasant experience.

Sit back and enjoy this video


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    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, vkwok,

      Thanks, my dear friend. I appreciate this comment and above that, Your Friendship.

      Have a safe and happy week.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Nice hub, Kenneth!

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear PurvisBobbi44,

      I do not blame you. I am not fond of him either, but he made a good topic to get some humor mileage from. Thank you, Dear Bobbi, for always making me feel great with your comments.

      Have a safe day and write again soon.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama



      Thanks, my friend, for your wonderful remarks. And I agree. Matt could NOT do the things that you mentioned and NO, sir. You are NOT wrong. Hey, thanks again for coming by.

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      Nathan Bernardo 2 years ago from California, United States of America

      You had me laughing pretty hard here, Kenneth. I'm pretty sure there are quite a few more things Matt Lauer can't do; like karate chop a kitchen table in half or make a tasty dish with oyster sauce. I could be wrong.

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      PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida


      I am not especially a fan of his, but you did a great job of telling us his what he is good and not so good at doing.

      Have a great week.

      Bobbi Purvis