Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Celebrity sightings


So the other day, I was out with the boys and in walks David Cook of American Idol fame.

Not surprisingly, two of my "Guy Night" companions recognized him instantly ... giddy with manly excitement. One suggests we go out for a smoke ... just so we could slyly walk by and check him out. Once in the crisp night air the debate begins .... Do we approach him?

"Why not! I say" - brave with a cigarette dangling from my mouth and a tummy full of scotch. I kinda wanted to see if he wanted MY autograph. (My imaginary RockBand group has gotten some serious imaginary international recognition, after all.)

Now, I'm no Idol-head, but there's something kind of neat about running into someone famous ... so you can make them incredibly uncomfortable. And they kinda HAVE to take your crap ... wouldn't want "the fans" to think they're a douche.

So we say "hi". I make some jokes... he was sitting with his drummer (drummers are awesome). I asked if he put the auditioning band members through "Hollywood week." And if when Cook thinks they play like crap he accosts them with a British accent.
Not sure that Cook found all that funny ... I could swear he gave a frightened shudder as if remembering a bad dream.

Anyway, I would have come off a lot cooler if when I told the drummer:
"I have a lot of respect for drummers and am trying to learn to play," Firsty didn't chime in with:
"Yeah, she plays a lot of RockBand, so she thinks she's a real drummer."

Not cool Firsty. Not cool.

Anyway, for being a suburban area, we certainly get a lot of celebs passing through and even settling down. I've also run into Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Michelle Williams, Matthew Modine and Marissa Tomei.

Who have you seen?

20 comments:

Wraith said...
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Wraith said...

william sadler, liam neeson, michelle williams

i don't ever want to bother them. sure the recognition must be fun sometimes but ...


JABBERWOCKY RULES!

Digitalis said...

Heheheheheh. I wouldn't know most celebs if they bonked me over the head...

Mohawk said...
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Anonymous said...

Dude! I totally saw a guy with a mohawk hanging out in New Paltz! He looked like an Indian! It was cool...

Zee said...

Since your blog was about meeting someone from American Idol it should be called "Celebrity" Sightings.

I spot local author Daniel Pinkwater around much and Matthew Modine and William Sadler both came into my old job. One came off kinda dumb and the other was awesome. I'll let you decide which is which.

Wraith said...

please tell me the cool one was sadler! we saw him at the diner, and after a quick conference decided to let him eat in peace. but he saw us looking at him. On his way out he stopped at the window next to our booth to wave at us.

classy move, but creepy because of a few of his roles.

Mohawk said...

I hung out with Shaun and the rest of Seether along with a few members of Finger Eleven. I only mention it because he kind of gravitated towards me the whole 2 nights he was out in town and comped me and a guest to his show.

The only 'true' celebrity ive ever met was this dude named Dan Wyld. *Censored F bomb* sick mohawk and funny as hell. Baddest motha in the worrl

Dan said...

I saw Natalie Merchant in Rhinebeck recently. We made eye contact, and I said "Hey!" because, to me, she seemed like someone familiar. My brain just thought she was an acquaintance or something... She looked at me, and said "Hi." And then I realized who she was, and I walked away.

veronica said...

I've never met a celebrity, unless Slymenstra Hymen of Gwar counts.

Colin said...

When I was living up there, James Earl Jones had a place in Rhinebeck as did Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman.

DjLady said...

i actually helped matthew modine and his wife shop for xmas cards one year at my old store. my manager was being the "oh-my god-it's matthew modine-" person and i was all calm and collected and he seemed to appreciate it. though, i did follow rick okasik of the cars through target one time ( to show my friend who he was- since another one of my friends had been his personal music shopper and bought some pirates for his son- i had to hook a face up to the name for this other friend of mine).. i did miss meeting anthony hopkins and matthew broderick when they were in new paltz long long ago.

DjLady said...

oh and various members of kmfdm and my life with the thrill kill kult when they came to the chance, years ago.. ok.. the hudson valley is full of celebs.. always have a chance to meet someone!

Julia Ghoulia said...

Well, no celebrities up here, but a few in NYC:
Boy George- I completely embarrassed myself when I ran into him tipping tipsy at the Batcave. I told him his was the 1st concert I ever went to, and that I asked my mom why he dressed like a girl. He said,"I hope you understand it now." and kissed me on the cheeck.

David Bowie & Iman- Bumped into me at a Stabbing Westward/Placebo show and said, 'excuse me'. I smoked a cigarette whenever he did during the show...we bonded from afar. (he smokes Marlboro Lights)

William Sandler- Loves the cinemas...Silver Cinemas, that is.

Henry Rollins- Did a talk at Nassau Community College. He said he liked my shirt. (I was wearing a Joy Division shirt)

Staind- Before they were 'famous' did a signing at Tower Records in Carle Place, NY. I took my little cousin since she didn't drive yet. We met them and she got an autographed poster.

Jerry Cantrell- At the Chance post Alice in Chains. He didn't say much, but signed my ticket.
Oh, and SUGAR RED DRIVE! LOL. I have a signed poster in my guestroom! Oh yeah!

Zee said...

William Sadler was the cool one. He is in my favorite comedy of all time "Freaked". Matthew Modine just asked a dopey question.

Of course I have interacted with scores of celebs at conventions. The best convention memory was getting to one late and missing the autograph sessions but happening into the hotel bar and hanging out with Udo Keir and Lew Temple while gawking at Ken Foree and our friend Jonathan sat with Jack Ketchum.

Also hung out with Kimya Dawson at a burrito place thanks to the great interpersonal skills of my friend Jen, and met Rob Zombie after an amazing concert thanks to my friend Heather.

sull said...

actually i also have seen william sadler at the pleasant valley auction house a few times.

let me think of some others....

i ate dinner beside woody allen at nobu in nyc once.

drove past hulk hogan in his convertible down in florida years ago.

i used to work for a david bowie company (ultrastar) and sat next to his wife Iman at the bowery ballroom.

saw daryl hall in millbrook village.

and dave cook, as sten noted.

Firsty said...

Hmmm...let's see....I met Dave Cook with my friend who happens to be a drummer...

Mario said...

I saw a number of celebrities when I worked the info desk at Barnes & Noble in Poughkeepsie. But for me, the highlight was Paulina Porizkova.

She's probably "a little before your time" for most of the people reading this blog, but a long time ago I had a swimsuit poster of her hanging on my freshman college dorm wall.

She came up to the info desk to ask for help while I and another guy were working the desk. My coworker looked up her book for her on the computer, and while he was doing that I looked at her and thought, "This woman looks like Paulina Porizkova."

I wasn't 100% sure, but 5 minutes later I turned around and bumped into her husband, Rick O'Casik. I introduced myself to him, but I didn't have the nerve to say hello to her.

She is still a beautiful woman. Absolutely beautiful.

It's silly, but I was really jazzed up for the rest of my shift.

Shoes McGee said...

I've never ran into anyone up in the ol' HV that I can recall. I guess I really don't care enough about the whole celebrity scene to use the energy converting the short term sighting into a long term memory.
Here are the ones I do remember…
I went to an event hosted by Kelly Rippa in the Hamptons (GAG!)
I went to high school in the village and one day walking down 8th street I saw Tim Burton... I checked his socks for verification of this. I was totally in awe until I realized I was wearing a nightmare before christmas shirt and became embarrassed. I felt like the guy who wears the band shirt to the show. He nodded to me and said hello just the same and we kept walking our separate ways down 8th.

I sat next to Beck in a New Orleans Cafe. I didn't approach him but I could hear everything he said and he was a complete tool. I did not mourn his passing into Scientology but his celeb status is probably the only thing that prevented me from throttling him with a bottle of ketchup.

Type O Negative used to record around the corner from my parents house in Brooklyn. All the neighborhood kids would hang out at the studio. They were cool guys.

Oh yea. And Im totally doing that mo hawk guy from New Paltz!

Shoes McGee said...

And oh yea... Celine Dion drove past MacGyver and I in Paris. She was in a limo and was waving out the window. No one cared. It was fabulous.