Videos: Sue Bird, Rainn Wilson, Bobby Wagner, and The Drunken Tenor make surprise appearances at the 2021 GeekWire Awards

Cameo appearances and entertainers on the 2021 GeekWire Awards included, clockwise from high left, Sue Hen, Rainn Wilson, The Drunken Tenor and Bobby Wagner. (GeekWire video display grabs)

What do a “drunken” opera singer, NFL linebacker, ladies’s professional basketball star and comedian actor all have in frequent? They’re all geeks at coronary heart they usually joined us Thursday to assist rejoice the 2021 GeekWire Awards.

Assigned as soon as once more to a digital world, we enlisted the assistance of our singing, sporting, Dwight Schruting pals through video to rattle off the names of the Awards finalists, supply congratulations for everybody’s revolutionary and entrepreneurial spirit, and encourage them to maintain discovering methods to enhance the world by tech and science.

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The Drunken Tenor returned this yr to sing his means round Seattle and again to Pacific Science Heart, the digital house base for this yr’s Awards. Seattle Storm star and WNBA legend Sue Hen took time away from video video games (barely) to provide a pep discuss. Seattle Seahawks Tremendous Bowl champ Bobby Wagner dropped by to let our viewers know he’s fascinated with working collectively down the highway. And Rainn Wilson, “The Workplace” star with Seattle roots, shared a little bit of his hometown geek cred together with his props and singing chops.

Take a look at the movies:

Drunken Tenor

Grammy Award-winning Metropolitan Opera tenor Robert McPherson, who’s affectionately often called The Drunken Tenor, is again this yr for an additional dizzying show of his musical abilities.

Scurrying round Seattle Benny Hill model as a part of his operatic rundown of the greater than 65 GeekWire Awards finalists, McPherson makes appearances at quite a lot of places and landmarks, together with Pacific Science Heart, Fuel Works Park, West Seattle, T-Cellular Park, Olympic Sculpture Park, the Fremont Troll, and the Hammering Man. He even masks up for a fast Starbucks cease.

McPherson, who performs for the Seattle Opera, runs by a number of the nominees whereas standing exterior the group’s house at McCaw Corridor. He then dashes throughout Seattle Heart to the Pacific Science Heart, house of this yr’s digital awards presentation.

It’s there that McPherson meets up with GeekWire chairman Jonathan Sposato — no singing slouch himself — who’s carrying a bunch of balloons in celebration of GeekWire’s 10-year anniversary.

To maintain the celebration going, McPherson and Sposato do a “Joyful Anniversary” duet like a pair crooners worthy of swooning whereas Zooming.

Sue Hen

Sue Bird is aware of a factor or two — or 4 — about profitable. The star level guard for the Seattle Storm has helped the workforce win a number of WNBA titles, together with in 2020, and she or he’s again for an 18th season and one other run at a championship.

“This space is house to so many champion organizations, not simply in sports activities, however throughout the tech panorama as nicely,” Hen stated. “I do know firsthand how onerous it’s to win, when the percentages are stacked in opposition to you.”

Holding up one hand, Hen wiggled her 4 glowing championship rings.

“You don’t get 4 of those infants with out a variety of onerous work and an important workforce surrounding you.”

Hen congratulated all the winners and stated to benefit from the second, earlier than including, “Let’s be sincere — no person likes a one and executed, proper? So preserve discovering methods to enhance, as a result of that simply makes everybody round you higher.”

And though she’s gained titles in 4 of her 17 seasons in Seattle, the 13 instances when she didn’t win motivated Hen to work tougher to good her craft. She inspired those that didn’t win a GeekWire Award to make use of it as motivation — “to maintain innovating, to continue to grow.”

Hen signed off with “a very necessary sport” that she wanted to get to as she picked up an NES controller and placed on her greatest (video)sport face.

Bobby Wagner

Seattle Seahawks All-Professional linebacker Bobby Wagner has tackled his fair proportion of powerful opponents in his sure-to-be Corridor of Fame profession. Now he’s taking over a aspect profession in tech and enterprise capital as a accomplice at Fuse Enterprise Companions, a newly-formed VC agency that’s investing in early-stage Seattle entrepreneurs with groundbreaking concepts.

“I, such as you, am making an attempt to deal with one thing new,” Wagner stated in a message to GeekWire Awards contributors. Holding up a soccer, he added, “Not this deal with, however the world of VC. It’s one thing I’m extraordinarily enthusiastic about.”

Wagner stated he hoped to “cross paths” with the innovators and entrepreneurs being celebrated on Thursday night time.

Once more, let’s hope that’s on this planet of tech, as a result of crossing paths with Wagner throughout his job on Sundays would most likely harm. Lots.

Rainn Wilson

Actor Rainn Wilson is greatest often called considered one of TV’s greatest geeks for his position as Dwight Schrute on “The Workplace.” However fairly than drop by the GeekWire Awards and exhibit his intensive information of bears, beets and “Battlestar Galactica,” Wilson as an alternative touted his ties to the area.

“Hey! GeekWire. How’s it goin’? It’s me, Rainn Wilson, the unique Seattle geek,” Wilson stated in his video message, after struggling to take away a soccer helmet lined in Seattle Seahawks autographs.

He proceeded to carry up a chess clock from his days on the Shorecrest Excessive Faculty chess workforce in Shoreline, Wash., and the bassoon he performed within the faculty band. Wilson, who spent a year at the University of Washington, additionally gave a shout-out to GeekWire’s spectacular run.

“I salute you GeekWire,” he stated. “Ten years — that’s unbelievable. Keep it up.”

Wilson signed off with just a few beautiful lyrics from Perry Como’s 1969 hit “Seattle” …

The bluest skies you’ll ever see are in Seattle …

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