The Shoutbox
Originally Posted by doubledenim
I am a fan of of "experience" over "responsibility" though.

Once-in-a-lifetime opportunities are that for a reason. If you are a little short, charge it. Especially if you die before you pay-it-back
Oh good. Then I can keep seeing Weird Al in concert when I'm, like, 80 or 90.
Originally Posted by Sedai
If I would let just one celebrity get gropey with me, it would definitely be Mel Brooks. It used to be Earnest Borgnine, but I had to let him go after his role in Frozen Stupid.

I was going to say the same thing.
Well, okay, no, I wouldn't.
Oh, also... I was delighted that Mel didn't feel he COULDN'T be affectionate with his fans. He wasn't gropey or anything. Just delightful. How can you NOT love Mel Brooks? He's infectious in person. We all got access to each other's professional photos from that night, and it was fun seeing some of the stunts Mel pulled with other people. One guy even PROPOSED in front of Mel, who played along!
Ha ha, your secret is safe with me.

Yes, if you are ever buying tickets to a concert, see if there are VIP-type tickets. Totally worth it if you're a superfan.

Mel was very clear (and we all agreed) that making a movie like Blazing Saddles would be nearly impossible through a regular studio. It's too offensive to all the uber-sensitive people in the world now. The whole point of so much comedy is to take jabs at things... and you just aren't allowed to do that anymore. And the racist stuff in Blazing Saddles? Egad, they'd string Mel up by his feet for half that stuff.

And yet, there we sat in the sold-out theater, laughing our fool heads off at a movie that had come out 40+ years earlier. Most of us were saying ALL THE LINES along with the movie screen, we'd seen it so many times.
Originally Posted by doubledenim
That's really cool that something like that happened.

How many questions did you get in?
You had to fill out cards before the show started. Although they didn't pick my card, my question DID get asked. It was asking about making a movie like that today -- apparently a very popular question and the one he gets asked the most.

If you're a huge fan of someone (musician, actor, whatever) and you get a chance to do a VIP sort of thing, even if you have to dump it on your credit card and pay it back for years, it's totally worth it.

I mean, hey, I got to SING a 15-second solo when Weird Al shoved that microphone in my face in July! No price tag on that fun!
Yoda got to meet him with me that first time in 1994 -- we drove to Cleveland for our first Al concert when Yoda was ten (for his birthday). We had no idea that standing around the theater for an hour afterwards would work, but other folks were trying it too, so we hung around. It worked and they all came out and were VERY gracious. Yoda got to meet him with me one or two more times. Once we had Al's keyboardist in our car when we gave him a lift to his hotel in exchange for getting us in to meet Al!
Originally Posted by lenslady
Not to sound green with envy or ignorant (w/o bliss) @Austruck but how do you happen to come by all these VIP tickets - first it's crooning with Weird Al and now it's smoozing (sp?) with Mel. - does Yoda get these tickets thru the business? Is there someplace to find them on a website? Is it a trick ????

And what did you think of good ol Mel????

(Enquirering lil green minds want to know )
I buy them and pay lots of my husband's hard-earned money. I follow Weird Al's career and get emails whenever he does something. Before the two VIP passes, I'd gotten to see/meet him maybe close to a half dozen times since 1994 (the first time). You used to be able to just patiently hang around the venue after a concert, and if you waited long enough, most of the band would come back out and schmooze with whomever was still there. He's too popular to do it that way anymore, so he started offering VIP upgrades to concert tickets. I've been buying them. The guy's turning 60 this year, so I haven't got a clue how long he'll keep going on tour.

As for Mel Brooks, that Blazing Saddles Q&A tour passed through my hometown -- at the old vaudeville theater where I used to work as a teen. I drove the 350 miles back home (in winter) to attend. My brother got regular tickets (through the radio station where he works), and we were just going to go to the Q&A, but I figured hey, Mel's 90 years old now. This is my one shot to meet him. So I upgraded to the VIP seats down front and got to meet him after the show.

The Q&A was great fun -- he sat on stage with an interviewer and also took questions from the audience. Man, that guy is nonstop energy! He's also very gracious with the photos. He threw his arms around me and kissed me on the cheek. I'm giggling in the photo.

Life is short. I'm upgrading everything from now on.
Originally Posted by John McClane
Originally Posted by Austruck
Originally Posted by John McClane
And I know injuries comes in threes, so I'm just hoping I don't get kicked in the head or face at the Bad Religion concert tomorrow night.
I think I heard it's DEATHS that come in threes, not injuries. So, you're good... unless two of your friends died recently.
I thought all bad things came in threes.
Well, I've only been married twice so far, so I'll have to get back to you on that one.
Originally Posted by John McClane
And I know injuries comes in threes, so I'm just hoping I don't get kicked in the head or face at the Bad Religion concert tomorrow night.
I think I heard it's DEATHS that come in threes, not injuries. So, you're good... unless two of your friends died recently.
Originally Posted by doubledenim
Any chance Blazing Saddles gets a remake?
I got to meet Mel Brooks when he toured around with theater showings of Blazing Saddles (we watched the movie, then had a Q&A with him, then the VIPs got to meet him). He was clear that Blazing Saddles could NOT be made today like it was then. He had a rough time getting it through the network red tape as it was. These days? It'd never happen. Not through a studio, anyway.
Originally Posted by Cervicodynia
"Hey, where the strong independent European-American females at? I ask for no inappropriate reasons, of course." Blazing Saddles 2021