Since I'm leaving California in a week and a day (JESUS CHRIST), it was decided that it'd be a good idea to have a fun day out with my friends. Since I have, um, three friends that I have any interaction with in real life (in my defense, I went to college out of state, so many of my friends are far away), it promised to be a small affair.
I really wanted to see 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which is in Los Angeles until, well, today. I'd heard it was really good, but didn't know much about the show other than the fact that Jesse Tyler Ferguson
, who was Richie in my dearly departed show The Class
and also played the orthodontist in Ugly Betty
, was an original cast member and would be performing. So I bullied the_evident
, and vagabond_sal
into going with me.
Beforehand, the day was pretty much structured in hopes of celebrity sighting. We ate lunch as the very famous Pink's, which had an hour-long line that was so worth it.
Chili nacho cheese dog with onion rings for the win! The wait set us back, though, so we couldn't drive by Nickelodeon Studios in hopes of, you know, casually running into Josh Peck or something.
But we did go to the Arclight, where the_evident
once saw Ryan Gosling and where Keanu Reeves has been photographed. No one of interest, though the gift shop had awesome stationery sets and books. So we went across the street to Amoeba Records, which is a huge music store where Elijah Wood shops. It was very crowded, and I did find a Lucksmiths CD (which I bought), a poster announcing a release by the Remus Lupins (which I wanted to rip off the wall and steal), and a guy with a giant parrot on his shoulder (I love southern California), but no one famous.
But that was okay! It was time to go see the musical, and I was babbling about Jesse Tyler Ferguson nonstop. We got lost on the way there, and there were signs directing us to drive the wrong way down one-way streets, but we got there in plenty of time. We walked up to Wadsworth Theatre, where a small crowd was waiting outside, and the_evident
(who has seen a mere one episode of The Class
, mind you) says, "Isn't that that guy you like?"( OMG OMG )
The show itself was awesome
. There's a lot of improv and some audience participation, and it's really hilarious. I recommend it highly to anyone who gets a chance to see it, especially since I hear Mo Rocca's in the Broadway cast right now. After the show, we went to IHOP even though we were falling asleep, because the siren song of pancakes was great.
WHAT A BRILLIANT DAY. Expensive and slightly rushed, but good friends, good food, good show, and a good chance meeting. A++ all around!