Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg just held his very first Facebook Live Q&A chat, and all in all, it was an extremely awkward and uncomfortable affair.
It was not because Zuckerberg had to answer a bunch of queries by his online fanatics, but also because of an unexpected guest who crashed the party and sent everything off script.
The millennial dad spent a better of hour-long chat talking about the artificial intelligence system he is designing for his home and how the bot recognizes his creator’s voice and face. In fact, the 32-year-old head of the world’s largest social network was only broken out of his tech-induced discussion when comedian Jerry Seinfeld joined him at his company’s Menlo headquarters in California.
Now, one would assume that a person like Seinfeld would be able to make the live session a bit livelier, but things did not go smoothly.
“I had no idea you would be here,” the actor began jokingly and Zuckerberg responded that it was his line, leaving Seinfeld to explain, “That’s why it’s funny when I say it.”
After its less-than-stellar start, the joint Q&A session became even more awkward and comfortable.
“Isn’t it funny how we work so hard to just eliminate a little bit of effort? To get the door is not that much work but we are going to put in a lot of work to save us from walking to the door and opening it,” Seinfeld responded to tech-genius’ enthusiasm over this new AI butler, prompting the latter to launch into a defense of “enjoying the process.”
The famous comedian also made a somewhat successful attempt at probing into Zuckerberg’s private life.
“I want to know the very first thing you do,” Seinfeld asked. “You get out of the bed you go to the bathroom...”
“Oh no, the first thing I do is look at my phone,” Zuckerberg said, adding that he looks at Facebook (surprise, surprise) before he even puts his contacts in.
One of the most interesting moments of the otherwise cringeworthy event came when Zuckerberg began talking about 7-month-old daughter, Max.
“Max is like a pterodactyl. I didn’t know a human could make those noises,” he said. “I was never a morning person. Max is definitely turning me into a morning person. Someone’s gotta go calm her down.”
He also revealed that even though he is not wearing a cast, he broke his arm a week ago while riding his new bike.
Mark Zuckerberg put on his own show about nothing with special guest Jerry Seinfeld pic.twitter.com/9y5SNrXiI0— Jessica Guynn (@jguynn) June 14, 2016
omg... zuckerberg talking to jerry seinfeld on fb live... CRINGE.— brettbrettbrett (@ImmaBrett) June 14, 2016
Jerry Seinfeld mocks Facebook for being so precious about Zuckerberg's broken arm. Don't shake it, don't mention it, Zuck's advisors fussed.— Hannah Kuchler (@hannahkuchler) June 14, 2016
Mark Zuckerberg is very very awkward. Putting Seinfeld next to him just makes him seem more aloof. They're trying tho lol.— IS?NG (@isang1) June 14, 2016
Mark Zuckerberg and Jerry Seinfeld are competing to be the most uninteresting man in the world on FB Live. Zuck is winning.— april walloga (@AprilWalloga) June 14, 2016
Moreover, the Facebook CEO also shot down the rumor that he is secretly a shape-shifting lizard, an insane theory inspired by his 2010 Time Magazine cover.
"I am not a lizard,” Zuckerberg said seeming oddly nervous."— Johnathan Kochis (@TheJK) June 15, 2016
Of course Zuckerberg denied being a lizard. It's a lizard running the simulation.— Dan Primack (@danprimack) June 14, 2016
Breaking: Mark Zuckerberg says he is not a lizard— Tony Romm (@TonyRomm) June 14, 2016
Mark Zuckerberg doing first FB Live Q&A. Announces he is in fact, not a lizard. Truly groundbreaking stuff.— Chris Ciaccia (@Chris_Ciaccia) June 14, 2016
Aye, conspiracy theorists. Why y'all giving Mark Zuckerberg such a hard time? He had to defend himself against claims that he's a lizard!— kalekachali (@kalekachali) June 15, 2016
Watch the Facebook Live session, which topped out at around 100,000 viewers, in the video above.
Seinfeld joins around the 43:30 mark.