*Note to self: Really wow my new co-workers at Betaworks with this little number during the holiday party.
Got to see Mario Cantone and Susie Essman interview each other about their lives tonight at the Triad Theater (well, I guess it’s now called Stage 72). Let’s just say I was about three decades too young to be there (and to understand the references) but it was a good laugh overall. Joy Behar happened to be in the audience supporting her friends and I could spot her big red hair from my balcony seat. Surprisingly, Mario has a great singing voice but talking to him must be like talking to someone with multiple personality disorder – he couldn’t go 5 minutes without doing/singing an impression. Entertaining guy but sheesh! He mentioned his love for Judy Garland and how he was born with the cord wrapped around his neck with a microphone attached at the end. A true performer!
Loved this cramped New York theater on the Upper West Side. Seats were right next to each other and stage was tiny but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
There’s never a better time to whip out that Bob Ross costume than at Halloween. God, I loved that guy. I miss him and his “happy little trees.” If you’re a parent, Buzzfeed has got you covered when it comes to costume ideas for your children. Check it:
*Note to self: Invest in more Bob Ross videos.
Last Saturday, I took part in the NYC Sketch Festival. For 4 hours, I sat in a room at the Peoples Improv Theater (PIT) with 10 writers. During that short time, we came up with ideas, wrote them out, and had actors read our rough drafts out loud. Unfortunately, I hated my script (the premise was that a psychic goes into see a psychic). After much deliberation, I came to the conclusion that I would jump ship and completely start over. Professional, right? Well, here’s what ended up on stage:
*Note to self: Write an apology to all corn companies out there. #takingfoodporntoawholenewlevel
Ok, so it’s not like I cook a lot but I had to share some of recipes that have popped up in my Facebook and Instagram feeds (yes, I do follow Chobani online – should you be surprised knowing my obsession with Chobani?). Take for example this amazing hot dog recipe above. How come I never thought to combine avocado with one of my favorite BBQ dishes? I mean, if avo was a condiment offered at my local hot dog stand, I’d probably pile it so high that I’d completely forget about the hot dog. This recipe came from a blog I’ve been following for years called Noble Pig. The woman behind this virtual yumminess is Cathy, who is a certified winemaker, wife, and mother, living up in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Plus she went to my alma mater, UC Davis. Go Aggies! Her recipes are fast and delicious, and you really feel connected to her and her family. It’s hometown cooking at it’s best.
Just when I thought my obsession with Chobani yogurt couldn’t get any worse, I came across the company’s recipe site. Oh God. I want to try them all! From Protein Packed Pancakes (see below) to creamy salad dressings, this greek-style yogurt packs a punch to any mundane recipe.
Finally, the last recipe I came across recently was for a light summer pasta dish. The constant heat wave we are experiencing here in NYC (or should I just say, er, summer) makes me want to eat ice cream constantly. But since I can’t really eat ice cream for dinner (not every night, at least), this Cavatappi with Bacon and Summer Vegetables does the trick. The smokiness of the bacon paired with the crispy summer vegetables is the perfect combination for this hot weather.
So, with that said, I guess it’s time to break out the pots and pans in my un-airconditioned apartment. Hopefully, my roommates won’t mind me looking like this in the kitchen:
*Note to self: Find other recipes specifically tailored for hot weather – like maybe something I can make while sitting in a kiddie pool.
Harrod has lived with me for almost 10 years now. We’ve had lots of pillow talk during that time but I’ve noticed that he has a fascination with celebrity trivia. He’d like to share this random and useless information with you (in an awful British accent):
*Find out if JT is available for a sit down interview. That would make Harrod’s day.
UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade) is the mecca of all improv comedy theaters. Having taken both improv and writing classes there, I can honestly say that this video perfectly captures what a little gem this place truly is. You can feel the history when you walk inside as well as the excitement that brews from the audience. All I can say is that if you’re in New York City and you love comedy, UCB is a must see. There are shows every night (for cheap) but Sunday night is when the real magic happens. You never know who is going to show up to ASSSSSSCAT. As Amy Poehler jokes, “You get what you pay for. And it’s a free show.” Sometimes the entire cast from SNL will stop by (since many of them got their start at UCB) or someone super famous and hilarious like Robin Williams will make a guest appearance. But watching the players from various sketch groups perform on stage is just as rewarding. You’ll find yourself howling with the rest of the audience, with a semi-cold can of PBR (just $2!) in one hand. Just be ready to wait in line. If you know me at all, you’re aware that I’ll sit in the snow for hours eating slices of pizza just to get a seat.
I have to say that performing on that famous stage during my first level improv graduation show was one of the highlights of me living in New York City. I don’t think I’ve ever been that nervous. Thank you Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh for opening up such a creative outlet for all to enjoy.
*Note to self: SIGN UP FOR IMPROV AS SOON AS MY ANKLE HEALS. It’s been way too long – so long ago, in fact, that I forgot I had full on bangs the last time I performed there.
**2nd Note to self: DON’T GET BANGS AGAIN.