Eric Idle's play in Hollywood
Trying to get caught up a little...
Went to see Eric Idle's new play entitled "What About Dick?" at The Ricardo Montalban Theater in Hollywood. Written as a radio drama, the players included Eric, Eddie Izzard, Tim Curry, Tracey Ullman, Jane Leeves, and Billy Connolly. Tickets bought online did not allow you to choose your seat, but instead would be assigned when you arrived at the box office. To my surprise the seats they pulled were first row, center! Amazing! Must have been the first person to buy them online.
They show was great and afterwards I hung out with a few guys outside the theater who were waiting to get autographs fro Eric Idle. What followed was a parade of the stars.
Coming out the theater door I passed Anna Friel from "Pushing Daisies". A few moments later a tall white haired man with a black suit and bright red hat headed for a parked SUV. I thought that was kind of a weird fashion choice. Right before he got in I could see it was Steve Martin. Tracey Ullman also exited the theater and walked by with a small entourage of friends.
Then I caught site of Jeffrey Jones and his wife heading out the door. I knew I just HAD to say something but was a little nervous. Remembering the pact I made with myself about not being shy to approach celebrities, I leapt a few feet after him, introduced myself, and said how much I loved his films and that I was a huge "Ferris Bueller" fan. He was really nice and then introduced me to his wife.
Still conversing with the Python fans waiting for that coveted autograph, I saw Tim Curry head out the side door to his awaiting vehicle. Probably didn't want to bother with the fans. I was really hoping to meet him as well so that was a dissapointment. There was just the three or four other guys out front. Everyone else attending the show had left. At this point I felt anybody who was going to come out, had already. After getting into my car and pulling out of the parking lot, I spotted Eric Idle crossing the street and shouted that I enjoyed the show. He responded with a smile and thank you for the kudos. Then I thought it might be a good idea to hang a u-turn and pull up in front of the theater to see who else hadn't left yet. 30 seconds later Eddie Izzard came out and I had a chance to say how much I enjoyed his performance and stand up. He looked a little bleary eyed but was still nice and asked my name.
Just an amazing evening right in the heart of Hollywood. Reminded me again of what I really love about LA.