I haven’t laughed so hard in ages!
Last night, I finally got to have my fan girl moment, surrounded of course by other geeks, but also a plethora of nerds as well. And let me just say that there is a definite distinction and that distinction is very obvious when you are in a theater full of both. But anyway, A Evening with Kevin Smith had finally arrived! And let me just say that when Silent Bob finally speaks, he does not disappoint! He played in the gorgeous Orpheum Theater, a theater that I don’t know how it is still standing, not because it sucks – but because Phoenix is terrible at keeping old, historic buildings standing; they would rather level them for either a new parking structure or a shiny new office building – but that is another thing altogether…go read about that here… The last time I was in the Orpheum was to see Ballet Arizona‘s performance of the Nutcracker. Kevin trumps the Nutcracker, because there was not a bar in the lobby for the Nutcracker (though they should think about that, because I know a lot of guys that might put up with the Ballet in general if there was a bar)
So, drinks in hand we headed into the theater. We had really nice seats. 3rd row, dead center. Once Kevin took the stage, I pretty much forgot being surrounded by the geeks and nerds. Well, except for when a few of them got up to ask questions. Because An Evening with Kevin Smith is pretty much a Q&A session. Basically a conversation between you and Kevin (and a theater of complete strangers) Which is totally awesome, because Kevin Smith is totally one of the people I would love to sit down and really have a conversation with. That is if I could ever get past the fan girl issues of only being able to giggle because I would be sitting there with Kevin Smith. Silent Bob, the guy who made some of my favorite movies (Go watch Dogma NOW…just saying)
There are very few people that I think are really good storytellers. Kevin Smith is one of those people. First of all, he is fucking hilarious. I seriously haven’t laughed so hard in a long time. But he is not a comedian. He is not up there telling jokes, and he comes straight out and addresses that. He doesn’t come out to stand up and talk all night, he is there to have that conversation, so after an opening story, the mics are opened for questions. Questions that lead into fabulous stories, which is why I say that Kevin is a fabulous storyteller. The 2nd question literally led to a 30 minute story. A hilarious story. But he honestly answered (at least I am assuming he was honest – it rang of honesty to me) questions about a falling out between him and Howard Stern, *relations* with his wife, his take on comics and old-school gaming (see I told you there were Nerds), adventures on the set of Cop Out with Bruce Willis, and the Prom Bus adventures with Malcolm. I was shocked that he talked for about 3 1/2 hours! I expected maybe 2 hours, but not 3 1/2 hours! (Many Thanks to my Babysitter for hanging in for a longer night than she expected!)
I am a little bit bummed about 1 thing. I guess Kevin came back out a little after he left the stage and took some pictures with people. I would have loved a picture with him to cement my fan girl night. However, we adored the show so much that if he books a date anywhere near-by, we are snagging tickets again! But in the meantime – Hey Kev…can ya hook a girl up?