Chicago Gets High: Aspen Comedy Festival Day 3 (plus recap)
Right now it’s Saturday night at 9:30, and Emily, Brian (Emily’s husband) and I are relaxing in our condo with a fire blazing and coffee brewing. We’re gathering our energy before heading to a few shows, then to the closing night parties. This whole experience has been indescribable.
First of all, just to give some background, all performers here, from George Carlin to Michael Showalter to the Ragdolls from Chicago, get the same treatment.
We all eat in the same suite at the St. Regis, we all get to use the car service, and we all get paid the exact same amount for being here: $200. Can you believe that people like
George Carlin come here and perform for only $200? But I think that shows what an experience and an honor this is.
On Wednesday night, the night after our first performance, Colleen [Murray] and I decided to tear up Aspen. We started at a performer’s party at a club here. The party was okay—lots of performers and free drinks—but weird music and kind of clubby. At 2:30am when the club closed we weren’t done. Brendan Hunt (an amazing performer originally from Chicago) heard of an after-party at some condo hosted by UCB. Apparently UCB rents a condo here every year, stocks it with beer and booze, and hosts a nightly party that goes till dawn. We hung there till about 4:00am, talking to performers, drinking and generally schmoozing (but not in a gross way). I guess that was the night to go because it wasn’t too crowded. I hear that the last few nights have been outrageous parties till dawn with wall-to-wall people.
I’ll skip to where Emily left off. On Friday morning we headed to the St. Regis hotel (just a 2-minute walk from our condo), grabbed some free coffee and tea, and then jumped in the car service to go to our first interview. There’s a local station here called Plum TV, and they were broadcasting from the Jerome Hotel that morning. Everyone there was laughing at our show's name (Moist) and our Front Butt buttons. We did a fun and easy interview (we looked GREAT on TV, by the way!), and then handed the set over to Billy Baldwin, who was being interviewed because he’s in a movie that is screening here. He’s very tall.