First off, we had a lovely intimate dinner for 25 at Claim Jumper in Northridge. mmm, Claim Jumper with steaks as big as your head. I started with a Milky Way Martini (chocolate + alcohol = yum) and an appetizer of Tomatoes and Mozzarella. For dinner I had the Parmesan Encrusted Chicken with mashed potatoes (which were really just kind of smooshed up, not mashed). They stuck a sprig of Pine Tree (way to recycle those Christmas trees) in the potatoes. I'm allergic to Pine, but I survived.
The scene was pure chaos and our waiters, Russell and Furb (I swear), were terrific, especially Russell who was patient and adorable. After we managed to figure out who's meal was on which check and who paid what, the entourage headed to Hollywood for the 10:00 show at the Laugh Factory.
Fortunately, Tina had the foresight to order our tickets online. We stood in line forever only to find by the time we got in there that the VIPs (who got seated first) took all the seats. We were ushered upstairs where you could either sit and not see the comedians or stand. It was hot. People were grumpy. One particularly obnoxious guy refused to buy his two drink minimums unless they found him a seat. Several waitresses threatened to bring up a security guard, but one never materialized, which was good because this asshole was already ruining my fun by getting louder and louder; having him thrown out would have totally killed my buzz.
Our first comedian was Ian Edwards. He writes for the Comedy Central cartoon of The Boondocks (not the comic strip). He was pretty funny, did some racial humor. If you follow the link you can see some of the material he did last night.
Somewhere in this portion of the evening, Tina fainted. It was really hot and she may have locked her legs, we don't know. I was all the way across the room and the next thing we knew, Tina was going down and her sister-in-law was motioning for Gary to come over. Poor Tina was escorted out to the lobby area, where she was given some water, and had her picture taken with our next comedian...
Paul Rodriguez. I didn't link him because I'm sure you all know who he is. Paul looked like he was sitting at home in his La-Z-boy when they called him and said, "Ese, you're supposed to be on stage in five minutes." He was funny, but he looked tired.
The best part of the evening was Jeremy Hotz. This guy had me laughing so hard I think I peed a little. Check out some of the clips on his site, all of which he performed last night and more. He was very, very funny and worth the price of admission, the two drinks, and the standing for two hours.
[edited] Tina, Gary and her sisters stayed afterwards for the Midnight show. At 2:00am, just as they were about to leave, the host said they had a surprise comic--Dane Cook!! I am suitably jealous, but happy that Tina and Gary had a great birthday (and got their picture taken with him, too).
Today's the Super Bowl. I'd better get my laundry done so I can get home in time. I was going to do the non-football thing at Unwind and take advantage of their 50% off sale, but I slept too late. Oh well.
[edited] By now we know the Bears let it slip through their fingers, literally and figuratively.