I’m such a big fan of TV and there have been so many great shows I’ve called my favorite. The Muppet Show was an early one. Then Moonlighting. Seinfeld. Friends. Arrested Development. Lost. Community (first 3 seasons only)…
But then I realized the show I’ve watched and loved the entire time the thrill of all the others I mentioned came (and went) was SNL. When that light went on, I knew there could be no other choice.
Day 03 – A picture of the cast from your favorite show
I’m surprised at how hard it is to find cast photos of SNL. I really wanted to get a shot of all of the cast members together from the 25th anniversary special but…nada. Fortunately I was able to find this cast photo from one of my favorite eras.
January 4 – I auditioned for The Foreigner at the Fulton Opera House. I didn’t get it or anything, but call me weird, I like auditioning. It’s just another excuse for me to get strangers to laugh. On purpose.
January 11 – My pal John Allen was in town for a conference. I know John from my days working at Gotee Records in Nashville when I was in the Radio Promotions department and he was in Sales. Sarah and I met up with John in Hershey, PA. It was really nice to re-connect and introduce him to my better/crazier half.
January 17 – I went hiking with my friend John Blowers in the Pennsylvania mountains. Somewhere. I actually don’t have any idea where we were, only about a half hour or so from Lancaster, so if he wanted to kill me and hide my body he very well could have. But he didn’t. I guess that means John’s my friend. :)
February 3 – Sarah and I watched the touring production of Avenue Q at the Hershey Theater. There’s nothing quite as fun as introducing your wife to the world of foul-mouthed puppets. And Gary Coleman.
April 19 – My pal Mitch McVicker came to town and performed a concert at our church. Even better than watching him perform again was getting to catch up with a good friend.
April 24 – Sarah and I went to a Capital Lights concert with our travel buddies Alyssa and Ashlea. Weeks later, the band announced they are breaking up. Coincidence?
May 15 – Sarah and I traveled to New York City for the weekend. I rejoined my friends at the National Comedy Theater and jumped in the Friday night shows for a great night of improv. I am happy to report that JT, Chris, Paul, Dan, Cohen, Kevin, and Jason have not lost the funny.
May 16 – Sarah and I hit some NYC tourist spots and that night we were in the live studio audience for the season finale of Saturday Night Live. It was everything we dreamed and more.
June 23 – I broke a molar eating an ice cream sandwich.
July 8 – After two weeks of temporary crowns, my molar was finally completely repaired.
July 17 – Sarah and I attended a barbecue at Dustin and Janelle’s house. It was a great evening of friends and hangin’ out, capped off by an amazing Roman candle fight between Jeremy and Dustin.
July 24-26 – Sarah and I returned to New York City and this time we brought our friends Ryan, Alyssa, and Ashlea with us. I performed at the National Comedy Theatre Friday and Saturday night and the rest of the time was spent giving them a whirlwind tour of the city.
August 8 – Sarah and I went to Nissley Vineyard (the place I proposed to her two years earlier) with friends to enjoy a nice evening in the countryside.
September 12 – Sarah and I saw Bill Cosby perform live at the American Music Theatre. Despite the fact that he looks older, he’s still the same old Cos.
September 18 – I had a voiceover audition at Max Films. Nothing has come of it (at least not yet) but again, it was something fun to do on a weekday afternoon.
October 1 – I hung my doodles at a local coffee shop, Square One, as part of their monthly rotation of local artists. The theme for the month was Halloween, so I displayed my collection of doodles of movie villains
October 3 – Sarah and I went to the New Holland Fair and were shocked to find they imported everyone who attends the county fair back home in Indiana to attend this one, too. Either that, or everyone who goes to fairs looks the same.
October 7 – After months of hunting, Sarah and I picked up our new car, a Ford Focus from Keller Brothers. If you’re in the area, we highly recommend them!
October 26 – Married to Sarah for two years and she’s still my bestest friend.
October 31 – At our Murder Mystery Party, everyone got dressed up in fancy clothes and we pretended we’re a lot more civilized than we actually are.
December 4 – We attended a surprise birthday party for our friend Alyssa. It was a successful covert surprise operation.
December 5 – My dear friend Nik (another Gotee Records survivor) is in town and Sarah and I get together with her for coffee. I probably sound like a broken record, but it’s so nice to re-unite with old friends and catch up!
December 12 – My pal John had a poker night (guys’ night out). We tried to keep it as manly as possible, considering the snacks consisted of deli meats, apple cider, and hummus.
December 26 – For the second year in a row, Sarah’s sister and her family (The Tatmans) visited us for a week . We played games, watched movies, and hung around the house. Basically everything you WISH you did on vacation.
There’s one highlight I didn’t post because it happens every week: Sarah and I have some good friends over on Tuesday nights to watch Lost. Our usual gang of misfits includes some of our closest friends in Pennsylvania (Alyssa, Ashlea, Dustin, Janelle, Monica, Tammy, and Tyler). Sure, we’re all fans of the show and enjoy the twists and turns, but most of all we love having an excuse to get together with good friends. In a time of virtual social networking, nothing compares with actually hanging out with others.
Thanks, everyone, for a great 2009. Preparing to enter 2010 is weird. 2010. It looks really super futuristic. If I don’t have a flying car by 2015, I’m going to be mad.
Sarah and I had a GREAT weekend this weekend…so good, in fact, that trying to sum up everything in a blog is somewhat intimidating because I know I won’t do the weekend justice. So, rather than trying to capture the magic of the details in convenient paragraph form, I’ll list off the highlights in even-more-convenient list form.
1:00 pm – Our friend Ashlea drops us off at the train station in Lancaster PA
1:30 pm – The crowded train leaves for New York City
2:00 pm – The guy sitting next to me gets off the train and Sarah and I are able to sit together
5:30 pm – Sarah and I arrive in NYC’s Penn Station on 34th Street. We make our way to the 1 subway train to go check in at our downtown hotel
6:00 pm – We check in to the Marriott in the Wall Street District and drop off our bags in our 19th-floor room
6:02 pm – While swinging my backpack over my shoulder inside the elevator, it swipes the control panel and hits all the buttons. A fancy schmancy old white lady is not amused as we stop on every floor on the way down.
6:30 pm – I am dismayed to find that the pizza shop on the corner of 36th and 8th is now a T-Mobile store
6:35 pm – Sarah and I arrive at NCT. I am giddy with excitement to see the old gang again, including Adi, JT, Cohen, Kevin, Dan, and Paulie. I also meet Dave and Jen, cast members who joined after I left in 2006. After catching up and introducing everyone to Sarah, we head down to the green room to prepare for the first of two improvisational comedy shows of the night. Sarah and Adi find seats together and wait for the 7:30 show to begin.
7:30 pm – The first show begins. I am billed as Ed “One Night Only” Placencia. Although I was initially nervous about not performing on the NCT stage in 2-1/2 years, once I’m up there with the gang, it’s like no time has passed.
9:45 pm – Second show of the evening and another good night of comedy has been thrown down.
11:15 pm – After getting notes, chatting with Eric, who showed up during the 2nd show, and saying our (for now) goodbyes, Sarah and I head back to the hotel. We are bummed to find that all of the Starbucks we pass are closed. Come on, people, this is New York.
11:45 pm – As we walk past construction outside our hotel, Sarah and I see New York rats. Instead of being grossed out, we chase them, giggling with glee.
12:30 am – Part of an episode of “Ghost Hunters” is all we can watch before falling asleep
8:30 am – I sort of wake up. I watch an episode of “Ghost Hunters” and then go back to bed
11:30 am – I wake up again
12:00 pm – Sarah wakes up
1:30 pm – We finally leave the hotel and take the 1 to 79th Street
2:10 pm – We make it to the Museum of Natural History. After watching 5 minutes of a boring video on telescopes, we make our way to the 4th floor (where the dinosaurs are)
3:40 pm – After only making it through two floors, so much education makes us tired, and we leave
4:30 pm – Sarah and I walk down to Times Square. There’s some sort of street fair going on, and we make our way to one of my old haunts, the Film Center Cafe. It’s been redecorated and is no longer the cool, dark, pub-like vibe-y place but an upscale trendy place. The prices are still the same, so it’s cool
5:30 pm – Sarah and I head back to the hotel to take a nap before returning to Rockefeller Center later that night. On the way there, we see a midget dancing like Michael Jackson in the subway
6:15 pm – We arrive back at the hotel and order coffee and dessert from room service.
6:45 pm – Coffee, cheesecake, and chocolate cake all around!
9:00 pm – We head down to Rockefeller Center to get in line for the taping of “Saturday Night Live”
9:30 pm – We find our place in line and wait to be let in. The line is already much longer than we thought it might be. My email confirmation is traded for cool tickets with the date and the guests printed on them. I tell Sarah I hope we get to keep them (we don’t)
10:45pm – They begin seating us. We turn in our tickets and are given nifty wristbands. We head up to the 9th floor.
10:50pm – We are seated in the balcony and are transfixed watching the SNL crew prep for the show. The SNL band plays some amazing music as people are seated
11:00pm – Don Pardo greets us and introduces Jason Sudeikis, who entertains us with some goofy bits, basic rules of the road, and then introduces Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen (on electric guitar). Kristen sings and, along with backup from the SNL band, we are treated to a great rendition of Blondie’s “One Way or Another.”
11:30pm – The lights go down, Will Ferrell takes the stage, and the show is underway. It’s the season finale (and Darrell Hammond’s last show), a great show, Green Day sounds great, and surprise guests Tom Hanks, Anne Hathaway, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Paul Rudd, Norm MacDonald, and Artie Lang make for a fun night
1:00 am – The show is over and the cast waves goodbye
1:20 am – Will Ferrell takes the stage again and announces that if we wait around for 5 minutes, Green Day will play a couple more songs for us. The SNL cast gathers on the stage to listen
1:25 am – Green Day plays the first of 2 bonus songs for us. They are accompanied through the duration of the second song by Will Ferrell on cowbell (naturally)
1:45 am – On our way out, Amy Poehler sneaks past Sarah on her way down the hall. As she stops to talk to someone Sarah, only inches away from her and somewhat starstruck, can do nothing but stare at her and smile
2:10 am – On the train ride back to the hotel, Sarah and I enjoy the “I’m Drunk On The Subway Show” as performed by a couple of wobbly-legged girls
3:10 am – Nighty night
10:00 am – Sarah and I get up and around to make it out of the hotel by the 11am checkout time
11:01 am – Sarah and I leave the hotel
11:05 am – Sarah and I go to Starbucks for coffee and breakfast. It’s swamped, so we leave
11:06 am – Sarah and I go to the hotel restaurant for breakfast.
11:07 am – After seeing that an omelette costs $21, Sarah and I sneak out and leave before they can even bring us water
11:15 am – Sarah and I hop on the subway and head back toward midtown
12:15 pm – Sarah and I have breakfast at the Westway Diner where an omelette costs what it should
12:45 pm – We catch a showing of X-Men Origins: Wolverine at the AMC theater on 42nd Street
3:00 pm – We walk around, take in the city, and waste time before our train leaves for back home
4:45 pm – We board the train (seats together) and make our way back home
9:20 pm – Our friend Alyssa picks us up from the train station and our amazing weekend has come to an end
*or Marci Klein. If I get either one of you to look at this, that’s cool.
Hi. My name is Ed. I’ll make this quick, I know you’re busy.
Word on the street is, you should stop by the National Comedy Theatre this Friday, May 15 and check out one of the shows (one at 7:30, one at 9:45). There’s a good group of people there you should see.
I’m not just saying that because I’ll be up from Pennsylvania and appearing in the shows that night. I’m saying that because I’ll be up from Pennsylvania appearing in the shows that night and I want you to hire me.
My wife and I have tickets to SNL on Saturday the 16th, so I’ll be in the building to sign the papers. Funny how it all works out, huh?