A little over two years ago Shari and I got tickets to see Jeff Daniels perform at Music Box Super Club, you can check out that blog post here.
We initially were there for the stalk but sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and support the musicians, show them some love and hopefully they continue to visit Cleveland.
If you are not familiar with Jeff Daniels, you may know him from his popular 1994 role as Harry Dunne in Dumb and Dumber.
While I was combing through the possible celebrity stalk list, Jeff popped back up.
I pondered the thought and then moved on, if you haven’t checked the old blog yet I’ll fill you in real quick.
After the show we went out back to try to meet Jeff, he came out to say “hello” to a few friends and then hopped in his car and left. As always, a failed stalk leaves us feeling a bit salty. S
o, with this stirring up old feelings I wasn’t sure if I wanted to drive back out to Cleveland only to get denied again. But in this line of business, yes… I said business you just don’t give up.
A day or so later Shari had contacted me about Jeff, we talked and didn’t know if he was worth another try. After some thought, we’ve decided to give him a second chance.
Jeff will be back at Music Box Supper Club, Thursday the 16th. The plan is to hit him up before his 8 o’clock show, hopefully it won’t be as cold and dark as the last time.
Before show stalks are a little tricky but if you time it right…it can bode better for everyone.
Usually, warmer and not as dark.
There’s less likely to be a crowd, if any at all.
They are not rushing to leave because they have a flight to catch.
Sometimes it takes them longer to come out, could be a meet and greet, they are packing up, mingling or taking a shower. So it can get very late, you usually have to set a time you’re willing to stay till.
You can miss them totally. If you get there late and they are already inside, there’s a good chance they are NOT coming back out.
They are running late, meaning they roll up minuets before their gig and go right inside.
That is all for now, I’ll make sure to update everyone on our adventure…. good or bad.
STALK YA LATER!
Below I’ve added some video of our 2015 encounter with Jeff, please enjoy!
I’ve been on Twitter for quite some time now but I have currently started interacting with fellow bloggers. I want to start daily (LOL) blogging about feelings and crap and it might not ALL be about the “stalkin'”, however my intentions are to keep it close if I can.
Let’s start off by filling everyone in real quick… eh?
2 years ago I promised you blogs on the following
Joe Machi and John Crist
Mike Armstrong and Herbie Gill
T.L.C. and Nacho Extreme
Took this Engagement like photo with Finesse Mitchell back in 2015 after he performed at Hilarities.
My gal pal Holly and I getting all snuggles with comedian Joe Machi after his show. I then jumped in with John Crist (white guy) annnd I don’t know the other guys name, they were the opening acts at Hilarities back in 2015.
Singer Shawn Colvin after her performance in New York for the Lincoln Center Out of Doors concert back in 2015. It was a free concert, we were actually there to snag Fiona Apple but she slipped through the cracks.
Sean Hurwitz from Smash Mouth and singer Suzi Oravec performed at Scenes Pig and Whiskey festival in Willoughby back in 2015.
Tried to get the lead singer but he disappeared, Sean was nice enough to stick around and meet all the fans. He even interacted with a child.
Suzi is a Cleveland gal that sings country and was a blast to take pictures with.
Comedian Tom Papa after his act at Hilarities back in 2015.
Smiles with John Caparulo after his comedy act back in 2015 at Hilarities.
Comedians Mike Armstrong and Herbie Gill after their act back in 2015 at the HardRock Casino.
The beautiful ladies of TLC, Chilli and T-Boz and then with Nacho Extreme, good friends and security on The WahlBurgers.
Shari and I went to the concert, it was TLC, NKOTB, and Nelly.
Paid $99 for meet and greet passes, no stalking was involved for TLC.
Barley House in Cleveland had an event after the concert, rumors of the NKOTB clan would be there. $10 cover charge, stayed awhile but there was no signs of the boy band. Did get to meet Henry Nacho from The Wahlburgers, not a total loss.
Stalker in crime Shari grinning ear to ear with Amy Schumer after her comedy act at Playhouse Square back in 2015.
I was supposed to be at this show but she had rescheduled the original date and the new one fell when I was on vacation.
Definitely one I regret, because Amy is hilarious as balls. I loved her on season 5 of last comic standing a million years ago and have been a fan since.
She did an HBO special, pictures and video from her meeting Shari in Cleveland made it on the opening credits. I have video of it somewhere…it will probably never get posted. 🙁
A couple extras that happened after the fact.
Bobby Collins was a delight to meet, the comedian took pictures after his show at Hilarities.
Chris Rock / Total Blackout Tour. It was a cold and rainy day. We drove down to Cleveland before the show, PAID to park and waited for Chris to arrive at the Playhouse Square. 3 of us huddled under 1 umbrella that was now turned upside down from the dramatic winds. At one point we ran back to our car because the rain was soo heavy, but when we saw a car pull up we darted back across the street to try for the stalk. Pretty sure it was Chris, I don’t remember if we saw him get out or not. We left shortly after, drenched and defeated.
Shari went back the next day and tried again, this time I do believe she saw Chris but he kept on walking.
Found out Dave Chappelle, Arsenio Hall, and Ardie Fuqua were all surprise guests on this particular night in Cleveland.
Hall who is a Cleveland native tweeted about his experience.
Howie Mandel. Performed at the Hardrock Rocksino last year about this time.
We got there early to catch him before the show. He pulled up, pretended he was on his phone and walked by…NEVER even looked up to acknowledged us. It was rude.
Mary J. Blige / Strength of a Woman Tour. Performed at the Hardrock Rocksino.
Got there early, missed her going in. Stayed till the end of the show but security pushed us SOOO FAR BACK we didn’t stand a chance. Saw what we thought was her leave, get in the bus we thought was hers annnnd… jumped in our car to follow until our exit came up. Went home tired and defeated.
Some upcoming stalks include:
Johnny Mathis. I’ve been a fan of Johnny since I was a child, on Christmas Eve we’d all sing along to his Christmas VHS tape. His Christmas album is one of my favorites and I listen to it religiously during the holidays.
Johnny has been performing at the Playhouse Square for quite some time now when I finally realized it was time for a stalk.
A few years back…Hanson was also performing the night Johnny was and we decided to make it a 2 for 1, snag Hanson (At HOB) before the show super early and then hit up Johnny at the Playhouse. However Hanson came out later than usual and by the time we made it back to the Playhouse Johnny was already inside. We waited for a little, tried to get some of the workers to get him to come out but it never happened. Unfortunately, we were also seeing the Hanson show (and still had to snag the two other brothers) that we could not come back for Johnny.
Fast forward. Johnny will be back in Cleveland Friday, November 3rd. With such short notice, little money, and an early volleyball game I don’t think I am going to make it this time around either. I was actually looking forward to going to the show as he will be performing his new album The Great New American Songbook.
Nick Offerman / Full Bush Tour. He will be at the Playhouse Square on November 19th, I’d actually really like to see the show. I am working on getting tickets now but if not, I’d love to meet Nick, he’s hilarious.
Fred Willard / An Evening with Fred Willard. Another Playhouse Square performer, he will be in Cleveland on December 30th.
Ticket prices are $18 in advance and $20 at the door, seems very reasonable.
“We’re extremely proud to have comedy legend and Shaker Heights native Fred Willard joining us for the 2017 Cleveland Comedy Festival for a fun and engaging evening that celebrates his amazing career in film, TV, sketch and improv comedy. The show will feature video clips from Fred’s most notable appearances as well as open, un-scripted conversation with Fred facilitated by WCPN Sound of Ideas host and Plain Dealer columnist Mike McIntyre. You know Fred, you love Fred, join us in the Outcalt Theatre for a great evening with America’s favorite comedic everyman.” – Playhouse Square
These are just to name a few as there are others I have yet to fully look over and put down on paper.
Scheduling is hard.
Cleveland is far.
Parking isn’t cheap.
Above are some of the conflicts I am faced with when deciding on my next victim, but with a little better planning and a positive attitude anything is possible.
back to back successful stalks and blogs, how exciting.
This one also takes place at the Hard Rock Rocksino, this must be the lucky spot.
The ladies of En Vogue were on our STALKtober calendar but it was a last minuet decision to actually go to the concert.
Shari was able to get us cheap tickets off of Groupon so we decided to have a little fun and go.
We met our friend Fred up there, it had almost been 2 years since we last saw him which was actually the first time we met him the last time En Vogue was here.
He had an extra bracelet to get backstage after the concert and there were 2 of us, so he said if he could snag another one he’d let us know and we’d all be able to go back together.
The show was about to start so we parted ways and went into our own sections and waited.
The ladies came out Rockin’ and kept it going till the very end, the energy inside the place was crazy and we had a good time.
When it ended Shari and I walked over to where Fred was, security had everyone with green wrist bands line up against the wall and when they started to escort them in we were asked to leave the area.
I had told the one security guard that we had a friend inside that was going to try and get an extra wrist band so we could go in.
He introduced himself as Josh and to stay close by, if he came out we can ask for him and he will take us back.
Shari and I were outside the main theater, waiting in the casino part starting to panic.
There were only a handful of people that went back and we did not know how long they were going to be back there.
WE HAD TO MAKE A DECISION
We could wait here and hopefully Fred would get the ok to bring us back but if he couldn’t then we waited inside and missed them coming out the back.
Or , we could just go out back and catch them as they got in their ride. Shari felt strongly about going outside and waiting, this way we knew for sure we would catch them.
So panic set in and we left the casino and walked outside to the back and waited for them to come out.
It was just the two of us there, like we thought, and the get away van was still there so we felt good about this.
Two security guards came out and put us in charge of the of the line, he said that if we are nice the ladies might sign but it’s totally up to them.
We agreed, of course this wasn’t our first rodeo.
While we were talking to the guards Fred sent a message and told us to get back there. We panicked…again and didn’t know what to do, we figured they would not let us back inside the hall.
Fred then replied with HURRY, I gave Shari the look and we took off running back to the place we just left.
Shari who had heels on was lagging behind, lol. It was funny.
We get back inside the building and could see Fred’s head peeking out from behind the main doors, he sees us and motions for us.
We get inside and Fred takes off running, I’m like shit, this is going down. Josh looked at us and was like “I told you to stay close”, literally 2 minutes after we left, Fred came out looking for us while we were outside freezing in the dark parking lot.
Josh walked us back through the double doors to the lobby and then into the theater and the secret backstage door where we walked down a hall that had the smell of delicious foods.
Fred peeked his head out of the first door on the left and waved us in, we looked like we didn’t belong (haha) but we made it work.
The room was small and filled with people sporting green wrist bands, Fred walked over and started gathering the ladies from En Vogue so we could meet and get a photo.
At this time they were wrapping up, Terry told one of the guys (maybe manager or personal body guard) that we were the last in the group and then they were leaving.
Shari and I stood there, we made idol chit chat with Cindy, I told her how we had a lot of fun and she said us fans are the ones that give them energy and make it happen.
During this Rhona came over to get in with the group picture and make it complete, the ladies were all very nice and patient.
We got our picture taken and while they were trying to get the girls out Cindy signed my ticket stub real quick before she disappeared out the door.
Patrick (my husband, for those of you that don’t know) and I bought our tickets pretty quickly after they went on sale.
We had seriously considered buying the Meet and Greet package but money was tight and I believe those tickets were around $99.
We decided to wait it out and see where we were with money when it got closer.
As you can see below, Taylor was pretty excited for us too.
Flash forward to that night, Pat and I had donated enough plasma to enjoy the buffet at the Hard Rock Roscksino and dabble in a little gambling.
The buffet line was atrocious and by the time we got seated it was after 7 AND the show started at 8, but we inhaled our food and made it just in time.
It was very exciting for me because I have been a fan of the show since the beginning and absolutely loved Taylor and Emily, so being able to see them perform was a treat.
The seats were not THAT bad but the set up of them was stupid, they had folding chairs zip tied together on what seemed like a basketball court.
No stadium seating, hard to see in front of you and it was pretty cramped, but lucky for me there were a couple of screens off to the side I was able to watch when my neck got old and tired.
The first half of the show seemed to go by pretty quickly but it was very entertaining, especially since the old lady behind me kept going “Oooh, oh…ooh..oh.. how’d he do that?. Oooh, ooh” She then bitched that Emily sucked and the show wasn’t worth $90, they got up at intermission and never came back. Good riddance, I say!
Very outgoing and had the crowed in awe every time he was on stage. During intermission he was walking around the crowd and talking to people, I just stared at him, fighting my nerves to run over there and get a quick picture.
Instead I just stood there until he disappeared out into the lobby, that’s when I finally got the courage and chased after him. I stood in the doorway and scanned the room with my eyes, looking for any signs of Smoothini. Within a few seconds I spotted him talking with some people, so I scooted on over awkwardly.
One guy came up and asked for a picture, he said how him and his mom were huge fans and voted for him a million times.
That was my cue so I jumped in. “Hey” I said with too much energy, “I didn’t vote for you but can I get a picture anyways?” I blurted out. “I love your honesty” he replied and then we posed for a “stalkie” (new word curtsy of Kim B)
I had taken 2 pictures, he was on my left so I had a hard time taking them with my weak, less dominant hand and in the first pic he is looking one way and I am looking the other and then the other picture he is looking at the camera and I am not.
Silly story but necessary to share, I of course posted the one with me looking at the camera. 🙂
We interacted a bit more afterwards, he said something and I made a joke about playing cards appearing out of my ears or something. I’m sure it was hilarious.
I thanked him and said our goodbyes and then I stood in the corner scoping out the scene for any other celebrities that might be lurking around.
(Check out the video below to see Smoothini’s act.)
After a few minutes I made my way back and waited for the show to start back up. Taylor was funny, as always and won my heart from the beginning.
If I were to vote he would have gotten a few, same thing would have went for Emily who always gave me goosebumps, but we never watched the show live and were always days, sometimes weeks behind in watching.
The show ended and we waited for the crowd to thin out before we made our way into the lobby.
When we got inside I could see people taking pictures and I just knew there were celebrities around that corner.
Pat told me that he saw Taylor and Emily taking pictures and signing autographs with everyone.
Well, that was my cue to get nervous and ready, so we squished in with the peoples and waited.
As we waited my mouth started to dry up and panic started to rise in my chest, a nice lady that was standing next to us heard my pray to the mint Gods and she offered me some gum as long as I took her picture with Taylor.
Done. We started chitchatting, she was very nice and she gave me gum so she was my friend.
The line was moving pretty slowly but Taylor informed us he would get to everyone and apologized for the long wait.
I kept peeking over to make sure Emily was still there, her line wasn’t as long and I was afraid she would disappear before I got to her.
The few peoples in front of me had Taylor wish their kid a happy birthday on video and he did it without hesitation, this was my chance to have another blog shout out.
At this point I told Pat the plan and he rolled his eyes at me, I almost plucked them from his head but refrained because he was my camera guy.
Finally, Taylor and I were united. He came at me with open arms, and I embraced him, because I am also hugger.
He was a bit bony so I loosened up my grip a smidge in hopes I didn’t hurt him already.
I noticed he had a cute lil’ eyelash on his face and for most of our conversation that’s all I was thinking about.
Do I tell him, do I brush it away with my stranger fingers and make a wish? Or just stare at it and move on with my life, hoping one day it would go away and Taylor would once again be normal.
I went with option 3.
Below is our whole interaction, check it out and then we’ll talk some more afterwards.
Hi, what did you think? I loved it, I smile when I think about it. I feel it went really good, he was a total sport about it and I only looked half retarded.
That’s the downfall with having gum in my mouth, it looks very sloppy and unprofessional BUT on the upside my mouth was back to its normal moistness and it was also minty fresh.
My lame dancing and awkwardness was very noticeable, that’s just how I roll, but I’m sure Taylor thought it was super adorable.
And I’m pretty sure he liked me, he totally says ” You’re funny, I like you” in the video and videos don’t lie, unless he was lying… he wouldn’t lie?
Look how cute we are below.
He also, signed my ticket stub.
Can you see what he put? No?
“Lauren! My favorite Cleveland Stalker! Love, Taylor Williamson”
I’m just sayin’
Check out some more videos from Taylor below and his performance on America’s Got Talent.
We hugged again and then parted ways but not before I took 65 pictures of my new friend and Taylor like I promised.
Emily was still there but she looked like she was ready to bounce. My tiny woman crush was standing in front of me so I said hi and went in for a hug but she didn’t seem as welcoming as I was hoping.
She looked at me and was like “You want a signature” and of course I did, she saw that Taylor wrote my name so she confirmed that I was Lauren and then signed away, then we got in close for a picture.
It came out really good, and she looks happy to be there so maybe I was just being dramatic. I read on Twitter that she was sicker than a dog over the last few days so maybe that’s why she didn’t want to make out with me.
I told Pat to jump in and get himself a little somethin’ somethin’.
Check out the video below of Emily’s performance on American’s Got Talent!
Well folks, that’s it for this gal and the American’s Got Talent crew.
We had a lot of fun, wasn’t sure what to expect with it being a variety act and in a venue we’ve never been to before but we enjoyed ourselves.
Everyone was super nice and patient, I couldn’t ask for anything else.
I am glad we went and glad we didn’t fork out the $$ to do the official meet and greet, I was able to snag a few and for free so that was tremendous.
Thank you again to Tomas, Taylor, and Emily for being amazing in every way, on and off the stage and of course the staff at the Hard Rock Rocksino.
Special thanks to all my fans, all 3 and of half of you!
Shari suggested we hunt down Green Day, I like Green Day so I figured why not. House of Blues is a pretty easy venue for one to snag a celebrity, we’ve done it many times before…some successful some not soo successful but we were willing to give this one a try.
The Cleveland weather showed rain and low 50’s during the time we needed to hang outside, this didn’t make Shari and I very happy. However a stalk is a stalk and we’ve waited it out in worst, so we packed up and headed on out.
I picked Shari up around 6:15pm and we made our way to Cleveland, we were lucky enough to find a parking spot on the street and basically in front of the HOB…for FREE! We walked to the back where the buses and or drop off area was, there was already a few people hanging around.
The wind picked up and the temperature seemed to have dropped since we had gotten there but it wasn’t raining and that was good. We used this time to take a traditional selfie, eye-bags included.
During this time an older gentleman came by, he went right up to the group of girls. There was 5 of them I think, probably between 18-23. He comes over and is like “Here’s the deal” so naturally I turned to listen. This guy must have talked to the group earlier and then came back with answer’s. From what I could tell, he had 2 tickets and wanted to give one away for free, The girls obviously wouldn’t split up so they suggested he give the ticket to the one other guy. This guy was by himself, I am pretty sure he was an ebayer. He totally was cool with taking the ticket but the guy didn’t want to give it to a guy, he said he wanted to give it to someone less fourenant. Anyways. It got real weird real quick, people were yelling and name calling. He tried talking to us and getting us on his side but we just stood there staring at him. He finally left and the rest of us just went back to waiting for Green Day to arrive. A few minutes later we decided to shoot a little video, below you will find Shari filling our fans in on the nights festivities.
Shortly after we shot the video a fancy black van with tinted windows appeared at the entrance of the driveway. We all knew it was them, so we got up and played it cool. The van pulled past us and then stopped, the rain started but it was a slow drizzle. All 9 of us stood there quiet and patiently, expecting the members to come out and take a few pictures but that never happened While this was all going down I handed my phone to Shari and told her to face the van because it was recording, I was digging into my bag to pull out the 12-year-old ticket stub I had from when they came to concert with Blink 182.
When I looked up I noticed the van had pulled all the way up to the loading dock, I went to get my phone back from Shari but she no longer had it annnnnd didn’t know where it went. LOL. Long story short one of the kids waiting, took it from her and continued to get the footage for us. Green Day got out of the van and we all called for them, we did get some of them to turn around and one waved.
Check out the video below of Green Day leaving their fans out in the cold and rain.
Shari and I waited a few more minutes, the rain was coming down hard and we figured the boys of Green Day were not coming back out. Instead Shari and I headed into the House Of Blues and had some dinner.
It turned out to be a nice night, we didn’t wait long and we didn’t have to pay for parking. Green Day didn’t stop to take pictures but we did see them so I guess it’s wasn’t a total bust. Plus we had found out later that they opened up for themselves disguised as another band, which was probably why they went right in. If there was a legit opening act we might have had a better chance of meeting them.
We paid for our meal, ghetto style and left.
I’d like to say Congratulations to Green Day for being inducted to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame here in Cleveland.
And thank you to all our fans!!
Thanks for following our adventures, stay tuned for more.
I’ll try to make this short and sweet but there is soooooooooooo much to talk about. Let us begin where Pat and I were going to purchase the 3 day weekend pass but ended up just getting tickets for Saturday. It was $107.00 for the two of us, $45 a piece plus some crazy amount of tax. However Pat and I were planning this for some time now so we were prepared to pay the price. We had never been to a #ComicCon before and with this being #Cleveland‘s first we just had to check it out. #ClevelandComicCon Now my husband is a geek and loves his super heroes and comic books, so he was excited for other reasons. I on the other hand was all about the celebrities that would be occupying their little booths. One celebrity in particular was Scott Wilson / #HershelGreene from The Walking Dead (TheWalkingDead) , and I was going to snag him for sure. The sucky thing about all of this was that you had to pay for a picture and then pay for an autograph but not all of us had a million dollars. But I had a few bucks in my pocket and went there expecting to spend some of it, I wasn’t leaving there without a picture with a celebrity.When we got there, we headed straight to the back where all the celebs were caged in little areas. We headed over to where Scott Wilson was, it was very exciting…for me. At most of the booths you could pay in cash for a picture (selfie) or an autograph or both but at a cheaper rate. You also could chat it up with them for a bit and then move a long. Wizard World was offering “Photo ops” for a lot more money but they were professionally taken, and you got a free print out of it. I didn’t need all that and was content with an average photo with my own camera. Pat forced me to get in line and do my photo op with Scott before it was too late. As I was scooting through the line I made eye contact with Scott and we had a small conversation before I made it to him. So I did, paid my $20 and got a picture with Mr.Wilson, I didn’t want to pay another $30 for an autograph. When I got up there he asked for a hug, and of course I gave him one. He was super sweet and talked to us for a minuet.
When all was done Pat and I went our separate ways. He was going to look at all the toys and booths and I was going to hang out with the celebrities. I wanted to meet more but I didn’t want to pay for it, so I decided to try and catch them in between. It didn’t work out so well:
1) Seth Gilliam / #GabrielStokes from #TheWalkingDead had a booth next to Scott. I saw him leave his area and book it across the floor, so I followed him. I made it to him and asked for a quick picture, he acted as though I wasn’t there. He was frantically looking around for something, I asked if he was on a mission and he said yes. So I let him go but I still followed him, lol. The whole time I kept an eye out and nobody even noticed him so I wasn’t to nervous about drawing any unnecessary attention. On his way back, I hung behind and let him pass me. I walked back up to him and asked Seth again. He said no and told me I could go to his booth if I wanted a picture. I told him maybe I would and he said ok. That’s when I decided I wasn’t going to give him my money, his booth remained empty for most of the time. I felt one quick selfie wouldn’t have hurt anything.
2) Lou Ferrigno / #TheIncredibleHulk was next, his booth was more open and was easier to get to. At one point he left his post to talk to someone, I waited till he came back. When he did, I “accidentally” walked into his path to make contact, which I did. He put his large hand on my tiny Shoulder and we exchanged words. He stood there for a second, we were kinda behind the black wall. I took this chance to ask him for a selfie, I said “Can we take an illegal selfie real quick?” he hesitated, and then sad no and pointed to his booth. For a moment I felt he was going to say yes but the power of the #WizardWorld people must be stronger than I thought.
3) Adrian Paul / #Highlander had left his booth he was on the move and I literally had to jog to catch up with him. I reached him and got his attention, he turned around and apologized but he couldn’t, and then a staff member came running towards us saying he had to go and he couldn’t stop. Then he disappeared into the photo op section, I think he had an appointment with paying customers. So I gave him the benefit of the doubt and let this one slide.
4) James Marsters / #Spike from #BuffytheVampireSlayer and #Angel. This was towards the end of the day and I wasn’t even looking for him when I happened to look up and saw him walking towards me. So of course I asked if it would be ok for a picture and he apologized but couldn’t, the guy he was with said the same thing and then they walked away.
I was denied 4 times and wasn’t feeling it anymore, I had failed. It might not have been so bad if I had recordings of the rejections but I thought I would get the selfie (plus I had to act fast) so I had to have my camera ready just in case. Anyways, I kept circling the booths with $60 burning a hole in my pocket, I wanted one more celebrity. My back was hurting me my feet and legs hated me but I kept on, at one point Pat found me and forced me to eat something.
I finally decided who I was going to get a picture with next, Drea de Matteo from #TheSopranos and #DesperateHousewives ( I LOVE and MISS DHW). My main decision had a lot to do with that she was the cheapest at $20 for a picture. I would have gotten a picture with everyone but since my money tree withered up, I had to resort to penny pinching and thus my decision to snag Drea. She was starting to put her jacket on so I jumped right in, she was kind enough to spare some time. Her handler took 2 pictures like super quick, I thanked her and walked off. I took a look at the pictures of us and I looked horrible. One, my eyes were closed and the other, I had a stupid look on my face. So I walked back over there and asked for a redo, that I’d even erase the other two. She said “I didn’t have to do that” and she would take another one with me. We joked around, and the guy kept taking picture after picture. At one point she even tickled me, it was a fun and awkward photo shoot. I thanked them and then went on my way, making sure to check and see that I had a good picture. Out of the dozen or so I was able to find a nice one.
Well, this is the longest blog of your life and I apologize but I can’t help myself. I promise, it’s almost over.
It was after 5 or 6 and most of the booths were cleared out, I decided to call it quits. I found Pat sitting at a table and joined him, it was nice to rest. As we were chilling I saw that Adrian was packing it up for the night and last minuet I had to get a picture with him too. I walked over and put on my cutest smile, they were kind enough to let me sneak in a quick one. The man that was with Adrian took the picture for us and of course before I could leave I had to check to see if I looked good in it. Adrian, looks at me and goes “Is it good?” I nodded yes, he smiled, I thanked him and that was that.
When that was all said and done, we made our way towards the door when my husband told me there was a #DoctorWho actor over here taking pictures with people. I never watched the show or knew any of the actors in it but I jumped in to get a picture with the guy anyways. I Googled the show but couldn’t find this guy anywhere, I saw someone had tagged him as the tenth doctor and some of the pictures looked like him. Well, I posted the picture but was told that wasn’t the actor but a look a like. OH well, my mistake. I did find that he is on a web series about the show on YouTube, so that kinda counts…right?
Finally the floor was closing and we decided it was time to leave. We had a nice adventure but Pat was disappointed that the comic books were not as plentiful as he would have liked. I thought Wizard World was a little greedy with everything, especially with the celebrities and all the fees. I also think that Wizard World has strict rules, which was why I was dissed on the selfies. It seemed some wanted to take the picture but that they were scared to death to give in, haha. I’d like to know how that all works, and who gets paid and where all the money goes to. For now, I’ll keep a low profile. Maybe some day, I’ll figure it out.
I would have LOVED to get more celebrity faces and I feel that I tried really hard to make that happen but the cards were against me that day. I also didn’t get any autographs, just money I felt I better hold onto for food and such and it’s not like I plan on selling the autographs anyways…so no need for them at this time. PLUS. I like a picture anyways, shows proof you were there and is worth a thousand words from what I hear.
ALSO, might I add. Everyone was super friendly, from the staff, to the customers, all the booth people and mostly the celebrities. Can’t be easy sitting there for hours having the same conversation with creepy fans day after day. Mad props and a great big THANK YOU!
There were other celebrities floating around too, these were the ones I got pictures of. There are a few others I didn’t recall seeing while I was there or missed completely, exciting – I KNOW!
A lot of the celebrity folk hung out and around the Cleveland area, including the Casino AND were nice and taking pictures…probably for free I might add. Next time I’ll pay more attention and chill at the Black Jack tables, I might have better luck. It’s very hard though to be on call, especially living on the eastside which is a good 15 to 20 minutes away, not like I can just take a walk down the block. Parking is expensive and traffic can be horrible, not to mention the weather we’ve been having here lately.
I think that is it for now, enjoy the pictures. Some of the staff were super serious and wouldn’t let you take pictures of the stars but I did my best. I have more pictures that maybe I’ll upload later.
Ohhh and I went back before I left and gave Scott another hug, we talked for a minuet and then I let the man be. If I was thinking I could of had Pat take pictures or record it…but I didn’t think of it till after the fact. Also. It appears that Mr.Wilson hugs everyone, young, old, and ugly. I thought we shared a moment…I still think I was his favorite though.
Thank you for your patience, I know this was long.
Saturday (1/31/15) night Shari and I attended a concert at the Music Box Supper Club in Cleveland, this club has only been open for about 4 or 6 months, it actually appears to be apart of the same building the Cleveland Improv is located.
Initially we thought it was just a bar type situation, we would go, order some food, have a couple of drinks and enjoy the show. But it turns out this is more of a club and we had to purchase tickets to get inside. Bummer. This wasn’t in the budget, so now we had to make plans for our plans because we still wanted to meet Jeff Daniels. AND at this point if you’re like “#JeffDaniels, the actor?” I will add that you are correct. I thought the same thing but looked it up and he has been writing and signing for sometime now. His son has the band #TheBenDanielsBand and I guess Jeff is floating around with him for a little bit.
I made contact with the club and they told me to check out FlashSeats, last minute, I did and got 2 tickets for $13 total. Normal ticket prices were like $30 a piece, so we lucked out.
Shari picked me up around 7 and we made our way downtown, took us a minuet to find the place but we did and parked. Parking was $6, not horrible. As we walked to the entrance we checked out the surroundings to see where the exit door would be and the possible escape rout. There was one place, the side of the building and pretty close to the actual main doors. There was a black van that looked like it could hold some band equipment. We felt pretty confident that this would be the spot we needed to be after the show. As we made our way in and up the stairs we saw a table that had a sign reading CD’s and merchandise. Hoping that he would hang out there afterwards and we could just do a wham, bam, thank you ma’am and leave.
Inside was what I would describe like a smaller wedding type hall, lined with tables. We were seated pretty close to the stage and sat at a table with other peoples. Shari and I ordered some food and a couple of beers and enjoyed our night.
Jeff and the Ben Daniels Band came out on time and began playing. I liked the music, it was upbeat for most of the time with hints of humor in it.
Jeff talked a lot and explained how he came up with the idea for certain songs, and was very informative. He also had a pretty decent raspy voice, I was impressed.
The night ended and they said their goodbyes, Shari and I waited for our check and made our way out. The table we passed on the way in was bare so we knew that we were going to have to head out into the cold.
When we got outside we saw that there were a few people waiting already and in the spot we figured. However these folks were the eBay people with their little clipboards and printed pictures of Jeff Daniels.
Then one of the band mates came out and looked like a deer in headlights when he saw all 6 of us standing out there. He was kind of rude and told us we could not stay there, that they had to leave and get back to Michigan before the HUGE snow storm. Anyways. All the eBay people left and it was just Shari and I and then 2 other woman who were kind of waiting behind us.
Well to make this story longer, it started getting really cold and it was taking forever for Jeff to come out but we were gonna to wait and make sure Jeff denied us and not his security.
Finally he came out and the security made a line, at one point the guy in front of me turned to look at me and then stepped in my way. Annoying. But I was recording the whole time. Jeff walked out and ignored us pretty much, you can hear him saying he can’t and he might of said thank you or something IDK. Anyways. I was a little disappointed that he didn’t take a minuet for a quick picture. I guess it is what is it but I am a bit salty about it.
All and all it was a nice evening and pretty cheap, glad we went.
Check out the videos above, just click on the links and they will take you to my YouTube page…which you can also subscribe to.. (Hint, Hint, Wink, Wink)
Oh and we met a nice couple sitting at our table, I feel bad I didn’t get their name but they were big supporters of our “stalking”. Love meeting new people!!
Thank you to everyone, hope you enjoyed our little adventure. Please, like, comment, and share with all your close friends.
I don’t know what happened (and I’m not sure if I am fully functional yet) but thanks to my buddy Johnny Sarcasm I am at least above water.
Sorry that I have been so out of touch and not up to date but there have been a few adventures I need to get everyone up to speed on.
While the site was down I started a Facebook page and continued from where I left off. At this point it’s a lot easier and more convienient to use that portal, so I am torn with what do. I am getting a lot more views (I think) and interactions with Facebook than this blog but I hate to just give up on it. Please visit the page for the full stories and more pictures, I am thinking I will transfer everything to here soon depending on my decision.
Any feedback is very much welcomed!
For the moment, this is what you have missed:
I met Clint Frazier after a Captains baseball game one day, got a picture and had him sign a foul ball we got a few weeks eariler. He was signed by The Indians in 2013 and could make it to the pros sooner than later.
The So You think You Can Dance crew came into town, we waited out in the cold for hours only to not meet anyone. A few were sick and they all had excuses that they were told from upper management they were NOT to come out and mingle with fans. I felt salty and voiced my opnion on Twitter, got a response from the winner and then backlash from all his fans. Eh. I’m over it.
Melissa Etheridge was a big success. I actually went to her show and had a blast, what a performer. Met her out back, she signed our ticketstubs and then went on her way. She declined a picture because she had just taken a shower and wasn’t all dolled up. I dropped the ball and didn’t get any secret video but got plenty of pictures of her during the show.
Tony Bennett was also a success, snagged him AND his daughter as they were entering the building. Got a picture with his daughter but he was only signing things, I got partial video the rest stopped recording… Very upset.
Chris Daughtry was a big fail, got there to late and missed him going into the building. We waited a little bit but he never came back out. We walked to the front and saw him through the glass taking pictures with fans. I recorded it but both my devises failed and I didn’t get anything to report back on.
I got to meet a few of The Cleveland Browns players, they were at a bar for an autograph party. Phil Taylor, Robert Nelson Jr, and Craig Robertson. Got pictures of them, with them and around them, got some things signed and talked to the guys. They were very nice.
Emma Stone was performing in New York City on Broadway, Shari took a trip down there to see the play and to try and meet her. SCORE. She got her playbill signed and got some video of her signing everything. She rolled throught the crowd pretty quick, no selfies though… this time. (winky face)
Got 4 free tickets to see David Alan Grier, great show and of course got in line to meet him afterwards.
Dancing With the Stars season 15 winner Alfonso Ribeiro went on tour with the group and had two performances at the HardRock Rocksino. Shari and I got there just in time as the bus was rolling up, he came out, signed our things and took a picture with us. Very nice!
Sorry it took me a minuet to get this post up but it’s pretty good, so sit back and enjoy the ride.
Shari wanted to hit up the crew from The Voice Tour and asked if I would go along with her and well…the rest is history. I felt kinda bad because I didn’t watch the last few seasons and had no idea who any of these singers were but you know me I am always down for a good stalk. I wish I had done some research at least (and I said I was going to but it came up really fast) this way I could have related to them on some level, but I did ok.
I worked till 3:30, swung by picked Shari up and made our way to Cleveland. By the time we parked and walked to the Playhouse it was probably a little after 4;30 and there were 3 giant busses already parked. Shari had picked us up some food and we sat on the sidewalk across from the parking lot and had a small picnic while checking our Twitter for any important tweets. At this point we figured everyone was in there but it was still a good 3 hours before the show and hoped we could catch a few walking back and forth.
There was plenty of activity but no one of importance… to us at least. The one thing that hurt us is that there is a building going up right next door and blocking the side of the building that we usually hideout at, it was rather annoying. So the one main door was butted up to the construction fence and it was really hard to see anyone or thing unless they came out past the building. At one point Tessanne Chin (season 5) and Jake Barker (season 6) popped out and Shari jumped up and tried getting their attention, waving and calling out Jake’s name. He waved back and gave her the “Hold one minuet” finger gesture and then sat down next to Tess on a curb behind a few cars and out of sight. Assuming they came out for a quick smoke and didn’t want to be bothered. Shari wanted to walk over there, I said he acknowledged you so he’ll be over no need to run them down. WELL, a few minutes later they got up, never looking at us and walked back inside as we yelled. That just made us salty right there, so we sat back down and watched the ants devour a puddle of ranch dressing we left on the sidewalk. It was getting closer to show time so we started pacing around and walked to the one side of the bus so we could look down the side of the building to see if anyone was hiding. We saw a couple, dressed nice and making out. Like creepers we watched and I took some serious stalker video and pictures (maybe I will post later). It looked like the guy could have been Will Champlin but it was hard to tell for sure and at one point they saw us but it was a weird situation all around. He started walking our way so we figured it was him and he was being nice but he made a sharp right turn and started towards another bus across the parking lot. So I started walking in that direction to try to get a better view of him, he never looked over and got on the bus. I wasn’t sure, Shari wasn’t sure either but I didn’t think it was. Maybe a relative but this mans beard was a little longer so we took our seats again but this time we moved up a few feet sitting on the edge of the grass/curb like situation with our feet in their parking lot. Literally 30 seconds a voice comes booming over some speakers somewhere and tells us we are on private property, and on surveillance and need to leave. Shari and I just sat there like, is this really happening. We waited and then it spoke up again, “the police have been notified leave the premisses now”. Well this was a first for us, we’ve been to many a stalking at The Playhouse and never had this happen. It was very embarrassing (if there were anyone around to see it) and a little unsettling. security seen us, staff had seen us and if they had a problem they could have told us to move along like they’ve done in the past. Well, anyways we decided to take a walk and come back after the show, just in case they did call the cops. Plus the sidewalk is not their property, could they really make us leave? So this really chapped my ass and I kept thinking and thinking about it. On the building there was what looked like some old ass speakers and next to that was a camera so yes, this could be real right now but I still couldn’t believe the Playhouse would stoop to that level.
The two of us walked to some new cupcake place and indulged a little then we went to Starbucks and rehydrated before pressing our luck at the Playhouse. We ended up standing on the corner, literally by the cross walk for fear of being arrested. It was close to 8 or 9 or something and Cleveland workers were emerging from the shadows, they help set up and take down stage equipment for shows and such. Most of the guys were hitting on us and who could blame them but we told them about the loud-speaker and they couldn’t believe it either. Which made me think that it wasn’t the Playhouse and here’s why. When we were watching that couple make out they probably felt threatened or they were just being dicks and wanted us to leave so when the guy walked to the bus and 30 seconds later the voice of God filled our bodies with electricity I figured it had to be him but how? I finally noticed that this bus had what looked like two speakers pointing outward on either end of the hood of the vehicle, I am still not 100% sure but I am leaning towards that it was the guy trying to scare us off. We may never know and even when the original Playhouse security came out I almost asked them but I didn’t want to get involved just in case.
The concert lasted a lot longer than we had anticipated it to but finally people started to flock from around the corner and with the presence of security it was almost time. It took a few minutes but finally the singers all came out and everyone but 2 made an appearance however Shari and I only got 6 out of the 9 because Tess slipped away before we could snag her.
Below is some video clips of the majority of the guys and girls coming out and being friendly. enjoy!
Everyone was super nice as you can see, took pictures, talked, and signed. (I still need to add Shari’s pictures)
The boys came out first while the ladies showered the stank off of them, first to jump into the crowd was Will Champlin (Season 5). He was the one we thought we saw earlier in the day but he never said anything to us and up close he looked differently than the other guy.
The picture came out a little blurry and let me tell you why – my new camera is pretty sweet and by accident on vacation we found out it has a feature that takes random video while you’re taking pictures. I figured what better way to actually get me in some shots as well but the downfall is that it doesn’t let you focus it (that I know of) and thus the blurry effect. It’s really not a bad picture at all, very pleased with this one.
Next up was Jake Barker from earlier, the one that teased us and then ignored us but he redeemed himself. When Shari walked up to him he asked if she had waived before, of course we did and he replied with how sorry he was. He felt really bad but he had to get back inside and then gave us both a hug. So, we didn’t feel salty about him anymore.
Another great picture, damn Instagram you done good.
I do believe Josh Kaufman (Season 6) shuffled by after Jake, I thought he was super cute and of course very friendly.
We had to take a couple of pictures because the flash didn’t quit work the first time, it took a picture but this one came out better.
Jack Worthington (Season 6) appeared after Josh, they actually met in the middle and had a fun interaction together that was caught on video.
He actually almost walked away from me after Shari got her picture but I was like “hey” and he came back, everything worked out and no punches had to be thrown.
During all of this the ladies, like a heard of sheep came out all fresh and so clean-clean. Some went to the bus and never came out and some went to drop their bags off and then worked down the line.
First gal that made an appearance I think was Jacquie Lee (Season 5) and I didn’t know it was her. She had come from the back of the line and when she got closer she was all energetic and running around, I almost punched her in the throat because I thought she was a line jumper. I quickly calmed down when I realized she was signing ticket stubs and taking pictures. She was adorbs and very nice, I’m glad I didn’t take her out with my karate chop.
I look like a chooch standing next to her but whateves at least I got to meet her.
I do believe during this time Tes came out but she was only waving and you could tell wanted noting to do with her fans as she tried to back away. There was this one woman who was hanging out in the back and when Tes came out she was all over that shit, she pushed through and gave Tes a big hug. I’m assuming they knew each other and then after that she left. By this time Tes got sucked into the crowd and not to appear as a giant dick took a few pictures with people but still trying to rush back. She was getting close to us so we thought oh cool this might happen but then Christina Grimmie (Season 6) came running out towards us and everyone went wild. She came right over to Shari and I first and was pretty cool, we shared a few moments. During all of this Tes had slipped away and made it back to her safety zone but that was fine, I’d rather have met Christina over her anyways.
The bright building lights make for a sexy effect on the picture, even with my cheesy grin.
So we got what we needed from her and then waited for the other two to come out but rumors were flying around that they weren’t. I’m not sure which story belongs to whom but one girl was visiting with her family and had left only to return later and then the other was on an intense phone call and couldn’t come out. That’s all I know and our security friend told us they were shutting it down anyways so Shari and I called it quits.
We ended up getting home later than we wanted to but the outcome was worth it, we met some new friends and had a nice time. The weather held off and was actually warm and dry which made for an easy stalking.
I got them all to sign my printer paper, haha.
It’s pretty ghetto but it does the trick.
Thanks to The Playhouse Square for putting up with us and for the performers of The Voice Tour.
Much thanks to our fans, please continue to stop back and enjoy our journey. Much love!!