I went to see Kathy Griffin perform at the Paramount last night, and I was not disappointed. She was HI-LAR-I-OUS – I was more amused than I’ve ever been at any other comedian’s show. She says a lot of the stuff I wish I could say but I don’t because I don’t feel like dealing with it. This is the first time I’ve been to a show in Seattle where I didn’t feel like just about everyone in the audience had a stick up their ass. You have to have a sense of humor to enjoy her show, and so FINALLY I didn’t have to deal with people who were shocked when I talked to them (aka the Seattle Freeze). This was good because I went alone (the Sweetie had a gig).
This has certainly been quite a year for live performances, and I’m not even thinking of all of the live performances in which either the Sweetie or I perform. So, before I get too old and forget, I think I’ll try and recount everything we’ve seen this year:
- The Beatles Love (this was our 2nd time for this one)
- Howie Mandel
- Young Frankenstein
- Lewis Black
- Avenue Q
- Michel Legrand
- Steel Magnolias
- Threepenny Opera
The Sweetie and I sort of have this unwritten rule that when it comes to live performances; we have much closer to an unlimited budget than for some other things. Now, we did not spring for the $250 tickets for Wicked. I mean, really, were they *on* the stage?? But, if there’s something we want to see, most of the time we make it happen.
For the last 10 years or so I’ve been making a small effort to see people who may not be with us much longer, or who will not be performing much longer. I’m happy to say that I saw Julie Andrews in Victor Victoria, for instance. I also happened to see Yul Brenner in the King and I, but that was when I was about 11, and I just lucked into that one. That’s also the reason I wanted to make sure to see Michel Legrand. He’s been a tremendous influence in my life, really, one of *those* composers who have composed so many things that I like, that I wanted to make sure to see him live. Heck, I even ran into him while walking to the bathroom :-). In the same vein, we saw Liza Minnelli a few years back, and just had a wonderful time. She knows how to PERFORM, regardless of the condition of her voice on any given day. That’s why we saw Wayne Newton too (oh, and we’ve seen Tom Jones a number of times, but that’s at least partially because we know someone in the band).
Someday I hope to see Barbra Streisand live, but those really are some expensive tickets, and I usually don’t move fast enough to get them. Since all of her live shows are scripted, I have to assume that the videos I’ve seen of them capture it pretty well.
Now that Bette Midler is coming to Vegas, I’m going to make a real effort to see her. I understand that she knows how to put on a great live show. I do think I’m going to break down and go see Barry Manilow too – I mean, really, what would the 70’s have been without him?