Comedian John Wing and I had it planned. I had his cell number. If he advanced to the final 12 of America's Got Talent on Wednesday night, I'd phone him at his hotel.
If he lost, he'd be evicted from the hotel, and I'd phone him at the airport.
So it was that the 53-year-old comic, who hails from Sarnia, Ont., was talking to me while in the security line at JFK airport Thursday.
Despite praise from judges Howard Stern, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel, America voted against the lone Canadian in the running.
"It was a pretty big deal, other than not being paid," Wing said wryly of the protracted AGT experience that started with him being scouted at Montreal's Just For Laughs festival, and continued on through a series of L.A. auditions.
"It just seemed to gather its own steam and I just followed along," said Wing, who lost to, among others, a troupe that jump-roped as a human pyramid, a pair of tween-age ballroom dancers, and a young country singer.
"I finally bought into the whole thing near the end. And I was pretty sure after Tuesday night's performance I was going to go through," he says.
After weeks in New York and in the Las Vegas eliminations, he'd made some friends - including magicians Leon and Romy, and "Jimmy Rose, the singer who moved on to the next round. He's just a great guy.
"We met in Vegas. In Vegas you were in this holding room a lot, and people tended to congregate with their own, and the dancers would be one side. Comedians on the other. It was very high school dance stuff. It's an odd experience all the way around."
As for the dancers D'Angelo and Amanda (who danced to Smooth Criminal on a water-logged stage), he says, "That was an amazing piece. They rehearsed that thing one and a half times in the water, and she slipped four times in the main rehearsal. I was very impressed with those kids."
"It was an amazing experience in a lot of ways, mind-blowingly frustrating, the time wasted, sitting-around being filmed, waiting to be interviewed. The young people see it differently than I did. But it's so many hoops to jump through.
"At the end, you do get a following though."
The reaction in Canada has impressed him the most. "Somebody told me CTV re-ran a special I did, like, 15 years ago. I was stunned by the reaction in Canada. I was so infected with the idea that I could actually get better known in the States since I live there.
"In the end you do what you do, and ask what's next."
In this case, it's work on a Carnival Cruise ship next week, and a headline gig at the Edmonton Comedy Festival in October.
"I can't wait to be doing shows again that - my God! - are longer than 90 seconds!"