A Nervous Steve Jobs: First TV Interview Prep with Nightline


Steve Jobs is away on medical leave from Apple, but he’s still actively involved with decisions from home. On stage, the Apple CEO is calm as a cucumber. Rarely does he show signs of nervousness–until now.

Flash back to 1978, and we have a young 23 year old Steve Jobs getting prepped for his first TV interview, with Nightline. The video was uploaded from an old VHS recording via YouTube user radi0chik. Listen closely as he is amazed when he first seems himself on television. Also, he asks where the restroom is as he’s “ready to throw up at any moment”. This is pure gold:

[Electrik Pig]


  • That is too funny. What a champ.

  • Jd2157

    I wonder what the champ thought when he saw this go viral.

  • Shawn Taylor

    Steve Jobs nervous is like me when I’m confident! Ok a little exaggeration, but he handles it well. I would love to see what is was like when the broadcast actually started…

  • It probably makes for good personal reflection.

  • AnonymousGuy

    Rumor has it he shat his pants after the interview.

  • randomrazr

    i pooped my pants!

  • Sparky

    Wow he has definitely changed since then.

  • the term from rags to riches pops in my mind. its amazing how far he has gone and how much he has changed. Its really cool to see a piece of roots from where he started out like any other rookie

  • Geoff

    This is either not Nightline, or not 1978. The show didn’t exist until 1979.