We got a late start today after last night’s excitement, and went to the lobby. Before I had a chance to eat, I ran into Judy Gold, so I grabbed a hold of her to do an interview, because it’s more important to do an interview than to eat. She was with her assistant, Lauren, a transgender person who I know through the internationally known podcast Keith and the Girl. Lauren dates Chemda, who is the girl part of Keith and the Girl. We all had a great talk, and then Judy told me that her knee was bothering her because she had recently had surgery, so I did some healing work on Judy Gold‘s knee right there in the lobby. It drew quite a crowd, with me down on one knee doing healing. Maureen Taran was one of the onlookers, she’s a big comedy manager who helped launch the careers of Dave Chappelle, Wanda Sykes and Tracy Morgan.
I ran into Marc Maron, who is always preparing for something and always looks busy. Today he was busy doing so many interviews with people on their iPhones. Hopefully his show gets renewed for a third season.
After lunch we went to the taping of Rich Vos and Bonnie MacFarlane‘s podcast, My Wife Hates Me. Bill Burr sat in as their guest marriage counselor, because their podcast is about them never getting along, and all the things that Bonnie hates about Rich Vos. He tries to defend himself and I think he expected Bill Burr to be on his side. Bill kind of said he was sorry he got involved in the thing in the first place and that he didn’t know how to react, because both of them needed to relax, especially Rich. It was very fun except that a guy in the front row fell asleep almost as soon as Rich started. So Rich woke him up and told him to go sit on the side, on one of the couches, and sleep over there. So the guy went over and he fell asleep! Bonnie said, “Jeffrey go take a picture of that guy sleeping,” so in front of the whole packed crowd I ran over with my camera, and took pictures of the sleeping audience guy.
We were scheduled to go to the Amy Schumer Gala that evening, but our host, Amy Schumer actually had to cancel because she’s shooting the movie Trainwreck with Judd Apatow and couldn’t get away. Bill Burr, who won the stand-up comedian of the year award, stepped in and saved the Gala, filling in for Amy at the last minute. It was wonderful and Bill hosted with Michael Che, Nikki Glaser, Kurt Metzger, Paul Virzi, Chris D’Elia, and Dom Irrera. It was a spectacular line up at the Place des Artes.
I thought I would have a few minutes to rest before Dan Levy‘s HBO taping, until I realized I had left my camera at the theater, and so I had to run all the way back, and luckily, found it caught in the seats. It’s been that kind of a day. I lost and found my microphone twice, and my camera twice. And the day wasn’t over yet.
Dan Levy‘s HBO taping was great. Dan’s an LA comic who is a co-producer of the new Mulaney show that’s going to be on Fox in the fall. We saw him at the taping with his manager, Avi Gilbert, from 3 Arts Management. His set was great, and we learned that Dan Levy has a baby son that he named him Abe. Abe Levy. He said it will be good in case he wants to work at a delicatessen someday! What’s going to happen when he grows up and realizes his name is Abe Levy? Not even Abraham, just Abe. After the taping, Dan was talking a bit about the upcoming season of Mulaney on Fox and it all sounds very exciting. He said that he might even try to create a little something in the script for me! Dan invited us to ride with the talent in their shuttle back to the hotel, but at the last second I realized I had again, left my iPhone in the theater. So another run back to get my technology before heading back to the Hyatt for that night’s party.
Saturday Night at midnight was the big College Humor Midnight Breakfast Party. They served big hero sandwiches filled with eggs. Hundreds and hundreds of them. They were delicious, especially because everybody was really hungry at the end of the day. As always the bar was packed with about a thousand people. It’s a roar of conversation and it’s so huge it sounds like the roar of a jet plane. I saw Godfrey was there enjoying the party. Russell Peters of course, was making the rounds. George Wallace went to bed kind of early, that night. I guess he was tired from the throngs of people who come up to him wherever he goes. So many people come over to take his picture; while we were eating our egg sandwiches, Alonzo Bodden came over, Loni Love, Gina Yoshere, and so many industry insiders whose names I didn’t even know. Everyone just wanted to shake his hand.
Sunday is my last day at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival until next year, so time to get some sleep. One more day of jumping around Montreal Just for Laughs still to come.
You will be able to see Jeffrey Gurian’s interviews with many of the people mentioned in the column, and more soon at comedymatterstv.com.