Sunday, November 21, 2010

Celebrity in Exile

More New York stuff - just to fill in some blog posts (only 2+ more weeks to complete my 2 years of continual continual continual blogging).

I've been in New York quite a bit and had very few celebrity sightings over the last 30 years. My first one was the lady who played Sarah Tucker (she also a nun on the Flying Nun). The second was Carly Simon. The third was Daryl Hall - who could have totally passed as a woman.

This last time I was all over it! Sightings to the left of me. Sightings to the right of me. ...but you kind of have to say it the way you'd read Charge of the Light Brigade.

You've already read about us seeing Carrie Bradshaw and Ferris Bueller. Those were just two of my seemingly many sightings.

While on a trek through Columbus Circle, we stumbled upon a movie being shot. An unnamed 'heist' movie, so said the sign. Ruckiry (not Jon's boss), we didn't stumble upon the actors - Ben Stiller, Tea Leoni, Mr. Broderick, Eddie Murphy and Alan Alda.

I feel we dodged a bullet there. With all of them. What a scary ensemble.

So on our walk down to the Battery, we stopped to sit in Washington Square Park so I could answer work emails (yes, I know I was on "vacation"). There we walked into what we thought to be a model shoot at the time. It wasn't.

It was a filming of a show, a "reality" show. If reality was the director showing how things would go and attempting 8-9 takes of the same scene. It hardly seems "real".

Turns out it was the Kardashian sisters. I've never seen their show, but know about them thanks to the Soup. These girls look and act like skanks. Actually, they give skanks a bad name.

I have more respect for their father, and hell, he helped defend OJ Simpson!

Later that same evening, I left Denton in the room while I went to have drinks with an old friend, Pat. I made my way up 5th Avenue to the Bryant Park Hotel and unfortunately came upon the unveiling of the holiday window display for Lord & Taylor. Part of that "event" had Kristen Chenoweth out on the sidewak area, singing "Silver Bells" while I tried to plow through the throngs of people somehow needing to see a fricking window display uncurtaining (I'm sure that's a word!).

It's not so much that I don't like Ms. Chenoweth (though her singing, in what little I've heard, of 'Wicked' is horrendous - though I'm pretty sure it's the music that is horrendous), but I'm sure I've mentioned it before, I don't care for xmas music in general. Maybe the 'Heat/Cold Miser' song, but that's about it.

So, I make it to the hotel and the bar is closed due to a "special event". As it happens there is another bar right on the other side of the lobby, so I wait there for him. Two hours with Pat (more on that in another post), and we go to leave and we figure out what event there was which closed the bar - some Saturday Night Live gathering - current cast.

We saw Kristen Wiig and the guy who is on the show, I don't know his real name, I only know him as "Floyd" from 30 Rock. And then there were a few others, whom I have seen, but cannot identify - all waiting for their photo ops.

That was my star-studded vacation trip.....if you can call any of them "stars". I might give it to SJP, but mostly for Square Pegs.

Song by: Marti Jones


Birdie said...

The only star-sighting I can think of right now was on Rodeo Drive, as we walked past stores that required an appointment for the privilege of giving them money. Some huge man with two afghan dogs strolled by, and it was only when we were almost face-to-face that I realized it was Chevy Chase. This was years ago, when he was still funny.

Wait. Does Tom Poston count?

Cubby said...

"...they give skanks a bad name." LOL.

You are very lucky. I think I've seen two famous people in my whole life and you see a bunch in one day.

The fact that you even know who SJP is scares me. Isn't she on some show that girlie-men watch? I supposed since I've heard of her that makes me just as bad :-(

Ur-spo said...

how exciting for you !