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'HIMYM's Jason Segel crashes L.A. Swell Season concert, offers himself up for a date

Anyone who happened to be at the Swell Season's first of two concerts at the Wiltern this week lucked into an extra treat on Wednesday night. Toward the end of performance, Jason Segel of "How I Met Your Mother" joined "Once's" Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová on stage and sang a hilarious original number about using his celebrity status to hook up with a Swell Season fan. The song wittily referenced Segel's "Freaks and Geeks" stint as well as his, um, other assets, and the refrain called out the digits of a phone number, 1-315-329-6673 ("call it if you need me"). And in case those in the audience missed it, the number was also written on a homemade sign that Irglová herself gamely held up on the stage. Here's a clip of how it went down:

The phone number, it turns out, is an actual number (with a Syracuse, N.Y., area code) which quickly gives way a voicemail message issued by Segel himself, entreating callers to send an e-mail to an address that sounds a lot like healthtronics@gmail.com. 

Those familiar with the "How I Met Your Mother" star are aware of Segel's considerable piano and songwriting skills. (Some of his other tunes include the catchy "You Just Got Slapped" song from the CBS sitcom's Slapsgiving Day episode, as well as "Dracula's Lament" from the 2008 film "Forgetting Sarah Marshall.") And while the 1-315-329-6673 song seems to be a new number in Segel's repertoire, this was not the first time the actor has performed it: A quick Internet search revealed it was sung earlier this month at a concert with Maroon 5 as well (and with lyrics slightly altered to reflect the audience).

Did anyone else catch the Wiltern performance? What's more, did anyone get a date with the actor? While Segel croons that this hook-up opportunity is "a one-time offer," Swell Season is performing at the Wiltern again tonight, which may give fans another chance to get lucky.

—Allyssa Lee

Comments () | Archives (3)

It was very funny, and such an LA moment.

But Hansard is by far the star of any Swell Season show. That was my 10th time seeing Frames/Swell Season. I keep thinking I'll tire of them but...I never do.

He performed again at last night's show! We met him after the show, tried to get him all kinds of lucky, but to no avail. Such a tease!

Glen was, by far the star of the show, though. He really knows how to engage the audience and put on a stellar show. What talent!

According to the Freaks and Geeks audio commentary, Segel actually didn't know how to play until he picked up guitar and drums for his character.


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