You’re probably getting very, very tired of hearing about Chris Hardwick, but a) I’m not tired of writing about him and b) I promised you a follow-up on the Comedy Central Stand Up Taping.
So I was supposed to go with my girlfriend, but she bailed (with a very solid reason) so I called my go to, my mom. I’m pretty sure I mentioned in a Gilmore Girls post that my mom really is my BFF. Anyway, my mom is pretty young, but at 54 was still the oldest person there. She didn’t mind.
So we wait in a line that wraps completely around the theater (thankfully it was relatively mild for NYC on a winter night- thank you global warming) for about twenty minutes. Then they start letting us in. As we got to the door, they simply handed everyone on line tickets and in we went. Mom and I were towards the end of the line and we had to use the bathroom once we got inside so we ended up in the last row. It only had two seats so mom and I had the area to ourselves and we were almost dead center. We couldn’t have lucked out better!
Before the show starts they make you laugh a bunch and clap so they can record it (my mom later informed me that this was her favorite part of the show). Then the opener, Jonah Ray, came out- mostly everyone knew him- since he co-hosts the podcast with Chris. He didn’t kill, but he got enough laughs that I don’t think he felt bad.
And then along came Chris. He came out dressed in a shiny silver suit and looked very much like Doctor Who. He got a standing ovation as soon as people caught a glimpse of him. (Who knew there were so many geeks and nerds?) He was funny, charming and likeable. It was a great show. All the jokes worked, and best of all my 54-year-old mom sat there and laughed at every joke. It was a perfect evening.
But I think the funniest part of the night came as mom and I were walking from the theater to the sushi place. When mom said:
“Did you get any of that? I didn’t know about anything he was talking about.”
“What? You laughed through the whole thing. I thought you enjoyed it”
“I did, but I didn’t know what he was talking about.”
“Then why were you laughing?”
“Well when everyone else laughed I figured he said something funny, so I laughed too…but I loved that part about the ghost hunting.”
Oh and a quick P.S. I have to postpone my ‘only talking in movie and TV quotes for the day’. I forgot I have a phone meeting this afternoon. I don’t think it would go over so well. I’ll keep you posted.