April 17, 2004

I wrote this last weekend but it's still achingly relevant.


Well, now I know empirically that coming to NYU was the right decision. There's feeling and then there's fact. And it has officially changed from the latter to the former. Why?

It's not the rigorous scholastic demands (I go to arts school, bitches, there aren't any.)

It's not the preening braying let-me-tell-you-how-stressed-out-I-am actorly types (I go to art school, bitches, there are plenty.)

And it sure as fuck ain't the food.

I now know that going to NYU was the right move because it's highly unlikely that if I had gone to USC, UCLA, or ASU (the other learning institutions I graced with half-notions of my attendance) I would have, for one brief second last Saturday night (Sunday morning, really) stood next to Dan Akroyd while he danced to Ludacris' "Stand Up" with a nubile twentysomething at a Saturday Night Live after-after party.

But I go to school in New York City, where dreams about summarily forgettable psuedo-encounters with large, sweaty, somewhat depressing and past their prime comedy stars come true for me and you.


Then last week I saw Steve Martin coming out of Tom Stoppard's Jumpers (amazing fucking show). I am crossing out people on my Comedy Idols To Make Eye Contact With And/Or Come Within Twelve Feet Of left and right (already X'd: four out of five Kids In The Hall a year ago, all four UCB folks: Matt Walsh was backstage before our first UCB show; congratulated my friend Gregor who's been in one of his classes but specifically told him he "wasn't coming," we still shit our collective pants).

In other news for next semester I got placed in a dorm in the fuckin' boondocks. And by the boondocks I mean, of course, the financial district. A half an hour walk to campus my ass.

And this week, after our second show, we (Hammerkatz) were told by a heavyweight of the NY comedy scene (Jake Fogelnest that we "clearly knew what (we) were doing" and "could all make a living doing this" (sketch comedy). More shitting of pants, to be vulgar about a moment which was this close to eliciting from me some tears of joy.

The good with the bad. So long as it's the moderately bad with the exceedingly good, like it was this week, I can take it. With pleasure.

Posted by DC at April 17, 2004 01:03 AM
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