Let's just cut right to the chase for tonight. I feel like blogging about inspiration, chasing them dreams, and that long road you gotta ride to get that. Tonight, I saw American Idiot. Yes, I have seen it before. No, I'm not gay.
First of all, my trusty sidekick, Nick and I discovered that there is a "student rush deal" for American Idiot. Pretty much what it is, is that if you have a student ID you can get tickets for $27 bucks, so why would you not go for that deal? Especially if Green Day is one of your favorite bands and you have a student ID that hasn't been valid or thought about since graduating college almost 3 years ago. Now I don't know if the guy working the box office was new or if they just like taking care of "struggling students," but we got front row seats...for $27. How's that happen?? So for those of you that don't know the story or never listened to CD (then still had no idea what the story is), American Idiot is pretty much about growing up, finding yourself, chasing your dreams, leaving a small town behind, being lied to, drugs, sex, and a bunch of other stuff I probably am too stupid to interpret.
Anyways, being so close to the stage and being RIGHT there with the cast, it was really cool to see that every single person on that stage was legitimately (and no pun intended) having the time of their life. Those people have made it. They chased their dreams and are got them. Chasing your dreams can be a scary thing. You don't know what the hell is going to come out of it. You have to leave everything behind, risk it all, and follow your heart. I'm pretty sure that might have been a quote from "How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days" or "She's All That." Anyways, we hung around afterwards to see some of the cast leave and they were some of the nicest people/celebrities I've met after a live show. To have fans standing there, waiting to meet you after a show has to be one of the most surreal and flattering things. I've always been a fan of comedians hanging around in lobbies of theaters or clubs after shows to meet fans..no matter how famous they get. I've always said that is one thing I can't wait for, to connect with people and just talk with them after shows.
Comedians are a strange race. They are fragile and self-conscious...among many, many other things. And a lot of comedians want different things out of this "career"...or enigma. All want(need) money. Most want fame. Some do it as just a hobby. Some do it for the love and passion of making people laugh. Some are just born performers. And some just want people to quote their material in every day life situations (me).
I gotta admit, I want some weird things out of this whole comedy thing. Seeing that American Idiot cast having a blast both onstage and off with the fans outside makes me hungrier than ever to evolve into a legit comic. Stay tuned.