|The iconic Chicago Theater sign|
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!
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!|
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.