In tonight’s awkward parenting moment, my son asked me if I ever met Will Ferrell at my current job. I have to assume it’s because he and Gabby watched “Elf” for the first time over the weekend. I caught bits and pieces of it in my various levels of lucidity with my early AM weekend work shift. It is a cute movie, but for the most part, Will Ferrell’s humor is ehhhh at best for me. There were some good moments and some awful moments I’ve seen out of him. Personally, my favorite Will Ferrell moment was when he impersonated Harry Caray on SNL.
I had a friend going through a rough patch and was in rehab at the time these skits were on SNL. It was one of the few things that kept him going and laughing. To this day, we still joke about it. “If you were a hot dog and starving…would you eat yourself?” Hilarious. I won’t name who it is, but if you are on my Facebook, I just posted one of these videos to the person’s wall.
But anyway. No kid, I never met Will Ferrell at my job. Sorry to disappoint. This is Northeast Pennsylvania, not 30 rock.
The closest I’ve ever come to “meeting” Will Ferrell was when I was in the same room with him at the Ed Sullivan theater in NYC. I was in the audience for a taping of “The Late Show with David Letterman”. Twice. Once was right after I graduated High School. Once was right after I started @ epix Internet Services. The only proof I have of this are some pics I took outside of the theater (no flash photography is allowed inside, probably some union rule) and a t-shirt that I bought at the CBS Store down the street. The store which was located at the corner of Broadway (53rd) and 7th now appears to be closed. Boooo, CBS. 🙁
The first time I went to Letterman, I went with “Frog” (aka Mike, aka my prom date). We got our photo taken with Rupert G from the Hello Deli. The guests on the show that “night” (the show is taped at approximately 4pm EST…ahhhh the magic of TV) included the Piedmont Bird Callers and June Carter Cash. June sang “Ring of Fire” with an autoharp. I am blessed to have seen that as she died a few years ago. Also, after watching “Ring of Fire” and “Walk the Line” and learning the story behind how her and Johnny Cash’s lives together came to be is incredible and should be a model of what true love really means. The show aired on June 30, 1999. I graduated from High School on June 6, 1999. Season 6 / Episode 181 / Episode 1246
Here are some of the pictures I took that day:
The second time I went to Letterman wasn’t until the next year. I started @ epix Internet Services on 4/3/2000. I was stuck at a desk taking calls when suddenly one came in that I not only wanted to take, but NEEDED to take. It was from the Late Show staffers. They had tickets and I wanted them. I knew that Ben Folds Five would be playing on an upcoming show due to my awesome newsgroup (DATING MYSELF HERE) alt.music.ben-folds-five. I made sure to get the ticket reservation for that day. Little did I know Will Ferrell would be there as well. After the show had ended, me and my boyfriend at the time, Rich (now my husband), rushed outside to catch a glimpse of Ben before he got back on his tour bus. Everyone else crowded around Will Ferrell to get his autograph, but I wanted to see Ben. Going back in time, I still don’t think I would have changed anything knowing how successful Will has become. The date was July 19th, 2000 which also is the date of my parents wedding anniversary. Season 7 / Episode 179 / Show 1441
Here are the few photos and mementos I have from that day:
Yeah, I sent the photo into the Weekender. That was before the Weekender went to a pile of shit. Sorry, I’m not sorry Mom and Dad about saying that, but that’s a blog post for another time.
So back to the story….no kid. No, I didn’t meet Will Ferrell at my job. But I was in the same room with him. Once. I could have met him and got his autograph. Once. But I didn’t, and even if I could go back and change things, I still wouldn’t.
I just watched the end of the Craig Ferguson show. I never really got into the show, but when I did catch it – it was gold.
On May 20, 2015, Letterman will sign off for the last time. I’m fortunate for these memories that he’s blessed me with. I’ve always been a fan of his awkward humor as is my Grandfather. I always wanted to take him to see the show. I will try once again for tickets and see if I can make this happen. At this point, with the show being so close to ending, it’s probably going to be damn near impossible. But all you can do is try.
I think the greater story here is that my son and his generation will never truly appreciate Letterman because they will be too busy watching “Step Brothers”, “Blades of Glory”, or even worse “Zoolander”. With respect to Will Ferrell, of course, those movies just aren’t my cup of tea. To be honest, I’m lucky if any movie is my cup of tea. I have the attention span of a fly.
So like, how do I even start to tell an 8 year old THIS story? Ugh. Maybe I’ll just hand him my blog card when he turns 18.
For good measure, I would be remiss without including one of my favorite Ben Folds songs (a duet). My kids LOVE this song, BTW. Whenever it comes on in the car, they stop their bickering and sing along to it. And I’m supposed to believe that cutting back on music programs in schools is a good idea? Nah. Try again.
Wow, this is the first time I’ve ever watched the video for this…HAHA. Excellent.
Anyway, until next time…thems all I got.