Hobnobbin' with the A Listers...
I think it’s weeks like the one I just had that people tell me I need a blog. I was telling my friend Andrew how my week went and he told me I should have told it in reverse order, so that’s precisely what I’ll do here today.
One of the perks to my day job is that we produce the New York Comedy Festival, so I can go to any show that I’d like. I don’t know a lot about comedians (ironic since I work at a Comedy Club), however I’ve been a hardcore Kathy Griffin supporter since I was in college. I was an avid watcher of “My Life on the D List”, and my sister and I even went to see her at Madison Square Garden before I moved to Florida. Friday night, she headlined at Carnegie Hall and my boss told me I could go backstage for the show to meet her. I don’t know what I was more excited about – being backstage at the prestigious Carnegie Hall, or actually meeting Kathy Griffin. I’m standing in the wings of the stage the whole time thinking of all of the brilliant people that have stood exactly where I am. (Just this year I saw both Idina Menzel, and Megan Hilty there.) I was trying to take in their essence as I stood there and wondered what they were doing in that spot as I was in the crowd waiting for them to appear on stage. Kathy came into the wings and was shockingly enough very nice. I also feel like I saved the show at one point (okay, I’m exaggerating) but she asked us all what DiBlasio’s wife’s name was and no one knew. I quickly googled it and told her and she said, “CHIRLANE! YES! Thank you.” 22 year old me was ecstatic inside.
Thursday night was the kick off party for the NYCF, and I almost didn’t go because I’ve been so worn down lately between working two jobs and volunteering for BC/EFA. I haven’t had time for myself and thought I would take the night off. Everyone at work guilted me in to going though so I went, and I’m glad I did. There were a lot of comedians there that I knew, some well known and some that aren’t as well known but are still hilarious and super sweet. One of the well known ones was Stephen Colbert. Now, I’m going to be honest, I don’t watch his show often. I’ve maybe seen five episodes, and that sounds like a stretch, however I remember seeing the episode when he was trying to get his picture in the Smithsonian and thought that was hilarious. My best buddy, Mike and I were in DC 4 years ago and I told him we needed to make sure Colbert’s picture was there. (Which it was and I was happy.) If you know me at all you know that I have no shame when it comes to celebrities. In May I told Nick Carter his engagement broke my heart and he just laughed at me. One of my friends really wanted a picture with Colbert so I said okay, come with me. I walked up to him and said, “Can I be that girl that asks for a picture with you?” and he said sure. I told him I made sure his picture was in the Smithsonian, and he laughed and thanked me and then we parted ways. Later on in the night I had had some liquid courage and when I saw Jay Pharoah I walked up to him and just shook his hand and told him he’s been my favorite SNL cast member for the past three years and I think he’s hilarious. He thanked me and I walked away.
Okay, ready for the good stuff? Monday night I ran an event at work for the Scleroderma Research Foundation. The event was hosted by Bob Saget, and had guests such as John Stamos and Ashley Olsen. Just a small Full House reunion at my event. No Big Deal. (Getty Image Photos can be found here.) At one point John Stamos asked me “Do you know where Saget is?” I said he’s in the green room and escorted him over. He asked my name and told me it was a pleasure to meet me. A little while later he and I were chatting and I said that we had a mutual friend. (My friend Aaron is his WDW Tour Guide) We started talking about Disney and then he said, “So you were a tour guide for three years and Princess Jasmine for how long?” SMOOTH TALKER! Most of my friends know that for my 7 years working at Walt Disney World my height (and body) preventing me from being friends with Princess Jasmine was heartbreaking for me, because I really think I would have been fantastic at it. The fact that John Stamos thought I was friends with Princess Jasmine was a huge compliment to me.
I mentioned earlier that I volunteer for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and I was collecting all week long. On Wednesday I was collecting at the Booth Theatre and out walks John Stamos. I said, “Hey long time no see!” and he put his arm around me and asked if I was signing Disney Autographs. I feel like I’m on the right track to start dating him, right?
Anyway, that was my fun filled week. Lots of ups when I needed them :)