Sep 27, 2008

STELLA!!!!

They say, "You can't go home again." Does that apply to college too? As my friends and I discovered last night, turns out you can go back to college. You'll just feel like a dad walking in on his teenage daughter's sleep-over if you do.

Why would my friends and I go back to visit our alum Ramapo College you ask? My friend Kevin found out Michael Ian Black, best known for VH1's I Love the...series, Wet Hot American Summer, Ed and the comedy group Stella, was going to be appearing in our very own Berrie Center. Quite an achievement considering the most exciting thing I've ever seen there was an opera called Lucia di Lammermoor. I only attended that because it contained the opera piece "Il dolce suono" that was sung by the Diva Plavalaguna in my favorite movie The Fifth Element. You can see where my cultural priorities lie.

Our plan was to see Michael perform then head over to the Birch and get Late Night. The Birch is one of the dining halls at Ramapo. Late Night was the greatest thing ever invented, a meal after 10 o'clock. We've talked about going back for Late Night before but we couldn't bring ourselves to be that pathetic so seeing Michael first was a perfect excuse. Tickets were actually sold out for the show when we arrived but Kevin was able to somehow convince them to give us "standing-room." I didn't mind, I always bring my own seating with me. :)

Besides the fact that this story involves me, you may be wondering how it qualifies making a blog entry for it here on my nerd blog. Michael was about half-way through his "no material" act when he told us a story about a recent trip to the airport. It went something like this. He got to the gate and, clearly through the very large windows, could see his plane was not there yet. A woman standing next to him asked, "Do you think we'll be boarding soon?" He debated whether or not he should joke with the woman and couldn't resist. "Not unless we're traveling on Wonder Woman's invisible jet," he replied. She was not amused but I howled for that one.

Late Night was a strange yet wonderful experience. We noticed the same people working there four years later. My friend and I fell back into our usual routine of helping me get my food onto my tray. After grabbing just about every culinary masterpiece they had to offer and getting jealous because they now have Cookie Crisp we realized how awkward this all was and left.

Besides the Wonder Woman knowledge he possesses, my other favorite selection from last nights performance was when Michael talked about feuds he's started with other writers (David Sedaris and Tucker Max) on his blog in order to garner more attention for his own book, "My Custom Van: And 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays that Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face." It gave me an interesting idea. Michael challenged Tucker to a fight. I'm going to challenge Michael Ian Black to a date. Yes, I am aware he's a married man with children and yes, I'm obviously aware I have a boyfriend but seeing as how Michael took my stand-up virginity last night I say he owes me one. What do you say Michael?

6 comments:

Eric said...

Good grief. How much of an interesting life you lead, meeting celebrities, being on TV, the Internet, the radio, etc. What's next, the White House? You'd be a better choice than anyone running, but that's a different matter. I got a kick out of the fact YOU got a kick out of Michael Ian Black's joke about Wondie's invisible plane. Like you, I enjoy it when anyone in the media makes mention of items "geeky" or "nerdy", esp. pertaining to comic books. Sounds like you've been having good times, hope they continue. Please comntinue with your fun blog, it makes me smile.

Kev said...

Great times, indeed.

GeekBoy said...

We're big fans of MIB in the FreakGeek household. We recently enjoyed watching his hijinx in the spoof reality show "Reality Bites Back", which was pretty funny.

The Nerdy Bird said...

Haha, thanks Eric but I don't think I'm suited to the Whitehouse. Most of the stuff that happens to me happens by accident actually but I'm happy that it does! More TV for me I think...

Geekboy, funny you mention that show. The jacket he's wearing in the picture, he told us, is from his part on the show. I think he called it his safari jacket.

freakgirl said...

I AM SO JEALOUS I COULD SPIT.

I hope he takes you up on your challenge! How do we make this happen?

(Also, Tucker Max completely deserves an ass-kicking.)

The Nerdy Bird said...

Spit away my dear! Just not on me. :)

Persistence is key I think. I'm going for a grass routes sort of campaign. I've got this entry dugg if you want to do that you can:
http://digg.com/comedy/Blogger_challenges_Michael_Ian_Black_to_a_date/
And any other promotion you can think of!