Wednesday night was the big Atlanta premiere event for “Exhale!” I had been missing my co-hosts; it was so good to have the band back together again. We all arrived in town on Tuesday nite and met right away for drinks in the hotel lobby. We had our first round and then ordered a celebratory bottle of champagne, but we didn’t have time to pop it because we were running late for dinner. So Angela just decided we’d bring it with us. Apparently champagne is classy so you don’t need to brown-bag it while walking down the street.
Dinner was with ASPiRE General Manager, Paul Butler and author/playwright Pearl Cleage (#Swoon). Pearl is aMAZing. I’ve been a fan of her work for years and she was to moderate the cast talkback that would take place after the screening of the premiere episode the next night. She really got a chance to see that we are, quite literally, crazy people. I’m sure she was reconsidering her decision to participate. We shut that steakhouse down. Sorry, STK.
The next day began with press interviews and then came the Google Hangout with our director and producer and viewer-submitted questions. It was big fun, and gave viewers an accurate taste of what each of us brings to the show! After that, we had about an hour or so to get into hair and makeup for the big event! The Atlanta rain and humidity forced us to move the black carpet inside and it did a number on my wig. I’m glad we at least got a couple pics in before it fell totally asleep.
On Monday nite the flight I was on from Atlanta to Los Angeles caught on fire mid-flight. It was really scary. But we evacuated via the inflatable slides, which was kinda exciting too — though I’m not sure I should admit that… Anyway, I created a Me In Your City video blog about. Wanna watch it? Here it go:
This is me with Margaret Cho. I’m the one on the left.
I met her this past weekend while I was in Atlanta for the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival. She lives there currently because the Lifetime TV show shes on, Drop Dead Diva, tapes in the ATL. She had such nice things to say about my act. Pretty cool moment. The festival is just in its second year but it was really good — nice intimate venues, great crowds… To save money I drove down and stayed with friends, so I didn’t get the full festival experience of staying in the host hotel with all the other comics. But I still had fun. Didn’t know the majority of the other comics in the festival so it was cool to meet some new folks. I was super impressed with all the talent there. Just goes to show how many comics there are out there who are just waiting to break. Man, if talent were all it took to be famous…
There were a few other DC/Balto based comics in the festival too. So I got to hang out some with buddies Mike Storck, Mike Way, Tim Miller, and Jessica Brodkin.
Me and Jessica
I made it to the finals of the festival but I didn’t win. It was great though — got some face time with some bookers I have worked for in the past, and a few I’d like to work for. They got to see me do some good sets, and the whole trip Wednesday thru Monday cost me just 4 tanks of gas. I know, right? I would definitely recommend that comics apply for this festival next year. It was good and I’m sure it’ll be even better next time! My only suggestion to the organizers would be: Order more sizes in your festival t-shirts. They were super cool but I was too puffy for them. :( I’m gonna hang onto it though… In case I happen to lose 60 pounds.