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As some of you know, I care for Ricky Gervais and his comedy (most of it) a great deal.  So do Rob & Sarah.  Ricky had only 2 tour locations: LA & NY.  Rob’s keen eye allowed us to book tickets last March, when we began planning our ‘Ricky Gervais’ day.   It was well executed yesterday.  Highlights

-arrived at Ikegami’s (in Hollywood) approx 11:30am; hung out; ate from a delicious spread prepared by Sarah (thanx); rec’d my first Dive Review Book (thanx again Sarah), ‘Divers Speak Out’; prepared ourselves for the second season EXTRAS marathon
-Took a marathon break and went for a free slurpee run at 7/11 (since it was 7/11).  Came back and  finished the last few episodes of EXTRAS..we laughed alot…RIcky, Steve Merchant, ‘Maggie’, guest stars…ALL genuis!
-ran into AJ Tigner & his wife as we were walking to dinner (and then to the Kodak theatre).  I hadn’t seen them in 6 (?) years
-Chinese food for dinner…tried cream cheese wontons…whoa…who thought of that?
-2nd Mezzanine seating for the show (not bad)
-opening act so-so


-His entrance (WWF style), complete with cape, crown, HUGE lit letters saying ‘RICKY’, was hilarious! and very ‘Spinal Tap’ style…like an omage to the stonehenge bit (?)
-60% of his comedy was pure genuis and totally repeatable.  The other 40% left me cringing inside…and pondering a 1,000 ‘by product’ thoughts.  The hilarious themes: his charity work, autisism, obescity is not a disease, morals of children’s stories (humpty Dumpty, the industrious mouse and the lazy mouse, etc), the history channel/the discovery channel, sharks and Nazi’s, animals…
-His subtle hand motions, eye movements, tone of voice…SO much genuis. 
-His ‘dialogue’ with other characters …hilarious (ex. Niche & Hitler!)

-As we were hanging out in the lobby we noticed the stairs down to the first floor was roped off.  As we looked down at what appeared to be a crowd chatting and mingling outside a VIP room, Rob began recognizing the people.  It was like watching animals at the zoo:  matthew perry, jason bateman (!), Harry shearer (!), Brett & Jermaine from flight of the conchords, Kathy Griffin… weird and cool.  No cameras, no crowds, just them off in the distance laughing, talking, pushing each other into the bushes. 

As we debriefed the night on our walk home and back at the Ikegami’s place, we noted the good and the bad.  It was a GREAT day…it’s cool when a plan comes together!

If you don’t know who Ricky Gervai is…shame on you. 
He’s the creator of the British show called ‘the Office’, after which the U.S. version was fashioned.  He went on to create another series called EXTRAS.  Reserved only for true comedy afficianados.  🙂



If you watch Ace of Cakes (and you should every once in a while) and you watch the Office (and you should, regularly), you will quickly realize that the briliantly fictitious character Toby, from the Office, seems to be based on the real life man, Geof from Ace of Cakes.  Geof is Duff’s right hand man, but talks JUST like Toby.  Whoa.  It’s amazing how art imitates life… 🙂


Well, I have a short list of posts I’ve been wanting to write, but just have not had the time.  Today, I have time for one such post and to invite you into a little corner of a world that I infrequently frequent. 

If you watch The Office, you will appreciate this (and Ashley Murray, YOU will really appreciate this).  From time to time, I fill in as a receptionist at a particular office when the usual receptionist is gone….well, I guess she’s actually the office manager, but whatever.  The reason I have the infrequent gig is because a  church friend is the HR person at this office and would rather have a ‘regular’ fill-in rather than a temp.
Fine by me.  There are lots of perks…the church friend is there (and fun to catch up with), I get to hone my alphabetizing and filing skills, I get to answer the phone with fake phone voice, I get to use the intercom system to page workers and hear my voice on a microphone, I get to print things and highlight things, I get to unlock and lock the supply cabinet, I get to put up a little ‘ring bell for assistance’ sign when I leave, etc…however, the BEST part, is that I get to do all this in an environment surrounded by kitty paraphenilia.  YEP, it’s basically like working at Angela’s desk.  I imagine some of the cat’s names to be ‘Sprinkles’.  Last time I worked at this office, even with the immense and challenging work load, I had time to count 19 cats within my line of vision whilst sitting at the desk. 

Please enjoy the views (click on pic to enlarge):

Kitty Corner
Kitty Corner

Kitty Speed Dial
Kitty Speed Dial

Peering Kitty Eraser!
Peering Kitty Eraser
What’s not pictured is the picture on the corkboard of a cat on a rocking chair (presumably in her home) surrounded by LOTS of little stuffed animal cats.  In addition to what you can see, there are usually cat cursors and icon on the desktop, etc.  In some sick part of me, I love it.

PS-I hate cats 🙂


For those cynics out there that don’t believe The Office can possibly be based on anything real, READ ASHLEY’S RECENT REALITY in her actual workplace. 
I love that this happened to Ashley, of all people. 
Stay tuned for Hawaain shirt Friday (be sure to add your 37 pieces of flare).


Jim, Pam, Dwight, Ryan the Temp


Dwight SchruteI like both versions.  However, the US version rings far more true to my office experiences. This post it just to let you know that I’ve added an Office category to my blogroll…do what you will with it.  Also, I have some new friends on MySpace…you might want to introduce yourself.  You might not.