We had long ago put together plans to host Hodgie for the weekend, so it was exciting that the date was finally here. Matt is my best friend from when we were wee little punks in Bloomfield, N.Y. I've know him for more than 30 years, and he was the best man in our wedding. The get-togethers are too few and too far between (you know how life gets as we move around this world).
We also made it a point to reunite with Gater, a grad school classmate and another friend for life who lives near and works in the city. We realized it had been more than eight years since we've seen him, but we all picked right up where we left off.
This brought a surprise. We always hear that the Comedy Cellar often has superstars walk on for a set. However, expected this to be more urban legend and not likely to happen when we stop in. Sure, how cool would it be for Louis C.K. or somebody similar to show up? Well, we got Chris Rock. The venue was abuzz when he was announced. He went on after Lynne Koplitz and James Smith killed it. Word is, Rock is showing up to sets fairly often to try out new material. It kinda showed in this uneven performance. He didn't even hide the fact that "I don't know what to talk about . . . Hmmmm, let's see . . ." But between those times being a little lost in transitions, he had some good stuff. Of course he did. he's Chris Rock, dammit! We also heard that Louie has been dropping by and Seinfeld had done a set recently.
Just another great time in the Big Apple and fantastic to catch up with Matt and Gater.
JR and CMac