Friday, June 15, 2012

My Date with Conan!

The iconic Chicago Theater sign
(More specifically, it was OUR date with Conan, since Brian and I went together!)

Happy Friday, Ephemeraologists! (Or for my Southern Hemisphere friends, good Saturday morning!)  Thank you for indulging me with my re-run post yesterday - we left the house at 6 a.m. so that we could make it to Chicago by 9-ish, so no time to write!

In case you hadn't read yesterday's post, Brian and I got to experience a once-in-a-lifetime event - we got to  see Conan O'Brien LIVE at the Chicago Theater!!

I still can't believe we snagged tickets.  Back in April, Conan announced on his show that he was coming to Chicago in June and displayed the Web address where you could register for tickets.  During the commercial break I quick went online and tried.  On May 24 I got a confirmation letter stating that we had indeed landed ourselves two tickets.  The best part?  They're FREE!!!

I am SO going to make a pendant
for myself out of these wristbands!
After making sure that our pup Dudley was taken care of (thanks to my wonderful sis Jen and family!), we made our plans.  The tickets were first-come, first served.  The doors opened at 9 a.m. for ticket pick-up - we got there at 9:35 and the stand-by tickets were already gone.  By the time we got to the end of the line at about 9:50 to pick up our tickets, we discovered that we were in Row J - of the SECOND balcony!  I'm so glad we got there when we did because had we waited even an hour, I don't think we would've gotten our tickets at all (they always oversell).  We were given our AMAZING wrist bands - you'd better believe I'm going to keep these! - and sent us on our way.

Okay!  We're set!  We had about 5 1/2 hours to kill before they opened the theater doors for seating, so we decided to head to one of my favorite places in the world - the Art Institute of Chicago.  We spent the day only in the Modern wing, which suited me just fine.  I got to see my precious Joseph Cornell and Kurt Schwitters art works, so my day was already made (if you click on the links, you'll be able to see why I like them so much - they worked with ephemera!).  :)

After art viewing we dined at the Terzo Piano restaurant, located inside the Art Institute.  We knew we'd be in the theater until 6:30 and that we'd have to leave right after that, so we made this our "big" meal.  It was delightful.  :D

Shot of the stage before they made us turn our cameras off!
Okay!  On to the theater!  We found our seats pretty quickly and once the show got going, it went pretty much how you see it on TV.  As you can see, the stage itself isn't that big.  And even though we had nosebleed seats, we could still see everything that was going on (though the screens helped).

If you watch the show, then you've probably heard the name Jimmy Pardo - he's the comedian who warms up the crowd for the LA shows.  He was in Chicago, too!  After his short set there was about a 15 minute wait, but then the band came out and did a couple numbers (MUCH better in person than even the show!)

Finally, Andy Richter took the stage and we knew it wouldn't be much longer.  If you take a look at the photo to the left, you might be able to make out his podium - it's right below that crane camera on the right.  The stage manager gave everyone the signal, the applause signs lit up, and the band started the theme song.  Andy began the opening of the show.  After that, Conan came out and the crowd went WILD!!!

If you didn't watch the show last night, besides all of the wonderful comedy bits, we got to see a cameo from Scottie Pippin and Nick Offerman; the guests were Adam Sandler and comedian T.J. Miller.  It was a great show and Conan even stayed out longer and jammed with the band.  What a fantastic experience.  I'm going to put yesterday way up there in the "awesome days" file - it was perfect from beginning to end.

The only thing missing is the Team Coco logo!  :D

Inside is a list of all the great
comedians who performed -
Sarah Silverman, Kevin Smith,
Aziz Ansari, etc.
Oh, and besides the cool wristbands, I'm OF COURSE going to keep our tickets!  We were also given these little booklets from the good folks at TBS, the network that airs Conan and sponsored the "Just for Laughs" comedy festival this week.  THAT little booklet is going in the Perepetual Ephemera Depository!  :D

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