Live music! Frisbee! Fashion! Water balloons! Comedy! The last few weeks have been full of festivities.
I know it’s a but late, but Happy America Day, Gees! 4th of July has got to be one of the most popular non-religious holidays. BBQin’ hot dogs and burgers, kickin it on the front lawn, fireworks… who doesn’t like all of those things? Besides vegans? Freakin commies. Just playing, meat-haters. I love you too.
The boys and I went over to Kate’s house for a classic 4th of July celebration, featuring the exact activities that I’ve just listed. The boombox blasted Americana, the aerobie sailed effortlessly, the burgers were overcooked, the water balloons were tossed, and the Tequiza was spilled on the sidewalk. You could’ve driven by and taken a picture of all of us and named it “Freedom and/or Liberty in the US of A”. Or something. Like that. After the fireworks downtown, Erik and I celebrated our independence from England with a late night snack… in the heart of the Mexican slums, of course! Back to my old stomping ground, Alameda and Federal. We went to a Mexican taco place in which we were the only white kids. People were looking at us funny… good times. We mean no harm, ese. We just like your food. And good lord are your girls hot.
Speaking of attractive lady-types, yesterday was the Denver Fashion Show! I got to perform for 15 minutes, and then model in 2 runway shows! Being sort-of funny and sort-of pretty has it’s privledges. Like, being in a dressing room with a dozen female models in skimpy outfits. Yup, I now understand why they all say it’s such hard work. I mean, you’ve gotta take off shirts, put shirts back ON, have people make you look killer… how brutal! The standup went ok, considering that I was on a stage performing for a room full of people that were looking at clothes from local designers, and not paying attention. I knew it wouldn’t be a captive audience when I was hired to do the gig, and my expectations were met. I did meet some really cool model girls, a painfully cute designer named McKenzie, got a free Turbo Knife Fight shirt (a badass local girl band with arguably the coolest name ever), and I got hit on by some latino dudes… which was uncomfortable. I hate hate getting hit on by gay guys; I have to gracefully inform them that I’m straight without being all weirded out and offensive to them. They get enough shit day to day for being gay, I’m just trying to break up the monotony of homophobia they constantly face.
I should have pictures from the show soon. Instead of going down the runway all faux-angry like the typical model does, I did handstands and breakdanced and stuff. It was a lot of fun.
In music news, I had the pleasure of going to the Warped Tour again! I found an ad on Craigslist that said “Help us set up the Freak Show Tent in the morning, and you’ll get free tickets and backtage passes!” HELL YES. I grabbed my buddy Jon and we had an awesome time all day. We were allowed everywhere but on the actual stages; backstage, to the busses, whatever we wanted. I of course brought my trusty camera along and got some sick photos. I live about 10 minutes from the venue, so I actually went home in the middle of the day, emptied by memory cards, got a Squishee, and got my gear for my open mic that night. I have since pulled the plug on my open mic show! The management was atrocious and the comics just weren’t showing up. But, it’s a great credit to have on my comedy resume. Anyway, Warped. I saw All Time Low, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, The Starting Line, Yellowcard, and New Found Glory. For free. Backstage. Met most of them. Baller. I am a BALLER.
And finally, I saw The Rocket Summer at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom – the same venue that the fashion show was held at. If you haven’t heard of this band (it’s actually just one kid), you’ve gotta give him a listen. Very poppy, but heartfelt; the kid has incredible talent. He plays almost every instrument on all his records; piano, guitar, bass, drums… he’s insane. Really odd voice, you either love it or hate it… I’m a big fan. The show was really small and intimate, he rocked the place, and I got some great pictures. And his insanely hot wife was selling tshirts at the merch booth. I got her personal email address and sent them some of my best pictures… they might use them on the website and MySpace, just like Zebrahead did!
And finally, my good buddy and favorite local comic Andy Orvedahl recorded a CD in Boulder. You may have seen him on the Tempe, Arizona episode of Last Comic Standing. He was the only one out of 300 people in line to advance to the evening show, and was then eliminated… but he got a lot of time on screen! His CD recording was small but very funny. He did really well, and he’s moving to California at the end of the month. He will be missed, but it makes me even more excited to get out to the west coast and do shows with him! He’s absolutely hilarious, a total sweetheart, and a dog lover. Hung out with him til 3am the other night eating frozen pizza at his place, playing with his dog Peach. He’s a great kid. Can’t wait to see where he goes in comedy.
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