Wizard World Cleveland Brings Thomas Ian Nicholas to Local Bar in Mentor, Ohio.
Thomas Ian Nicholas, best known for his role as Henry Rowengartner in Rookie of the Year and Kevin Myers in the American Pie movies is partispating at this years Wizard Word in Cleveland.
Thomas, who is friends with the owner of a bar here in Mentor, Ohio “Toth’s Too” stopped in on Friday night for an acoustic performance.
Thomas literally played for almost two hours straight without a break, he was fun and enjoyable to listen to. When he was done the three of us waited patiently for the small crowd that formed around him to leave before we approached him.
After a few minutes, he had acknowledged us and made his way over to chit chat and take pictures.
Much love to Thomas who took the time out of his busy weekend to spend a few personal moments and make our Friday night. Please check out his Twitter page and follow along with all of his new projects.
A big shout out to Chris Toth for bringing Thomas in and sharing his bar with is, if you’re in the are swing by Toth’s Too for a good time.
Last but not least my fans! Thank you again for following along.
Adam Sandler, a jack of all trades was in Cleveland Thursday night for his “100% Fresher” tour at Playhouse Square. A tour that stems around his Netflix show where he talks about his days on Saturday Night Live, relives a few of his favorite movie roles, tosses out some new jokes and of course a couple of old tunes.
Rob Schneider, another comic genius has been popping up with Sandler on his tour. Schneider who also has a Netflix series out called “Real Rob” which is filmed with his actual wife and going into its second season appeared in Cleveland with Sandler on Thursday night as well!
WE WENT STALKING
Thursday started off warmish and rainy, not ideal for a stalk but manageable. The rain had stopped during the day and the temperature was on our side for most of the night. The show started at around 8 p. m. and so we arrived a little after 8:30 p.m. to wait by the stage doors for when Sandler and Schneider exited.
A Mob Had Formed
A group of men “Ebayers we like to call them” had gathered with their clipboards and printed out glossy photos for the actors ready to pounce. Drunk concert goers had joined in on the fun and were being loud and obnoxious. Security asked people to move or line up against the wall to clear a path on the sidewalk but it wasn’t happening.
Word spread that the two had already left and security was trying to get everyone to leave. Once our new friend confirmed with her source that the two snuck out a different entrance we called it quits but not before we made one more stop.
The Race to the Ritz
Chatter was that the comedians were staying at The Ritz – Carlton and so we did a drive by before heading home and found another small group waiting outside. Five dramatic minutes of looking for a safe, non-towing zone on top of what felt like a 45 minute parallel parking fiasco which resulted in the bottom of my car getting scuffed up we finally parked and made our way to the hotel doors.
Another Crowd / More Waiting
This group was small and less rowdy so we all waited patiently until a car pulled up. The vehicle was part of the Sandler crew but without the Sandler. A couple of guys were just dropping some luggage off and then were heading back out to meet up with Sandler and Schneider who were apparently having dinner. Once the car left the “Ebayers” all got in their vehicles and sped off after them, it was like a super lame Fast and Furious trailer.
I Can’t Feel My Toes.
We decided to stay back and wait. The wind had picked up significantly and the temperature had dropped, us four girls were sporting sweatshirts, wimpy hats and were huddled together for warmth. We all agreed that midnight would be the cutoff. However we ended getting the car and bringing it to the hotel entrance (there was room after everyone left) and sit inside with the heat on blast giving us the strength to wait a little longer.
Within the short time it took to grab the car and pull around, Adam and the gang were making their way back and had turned the corner within a minuter or two. I jumped from the car and secured my spot by the roped off area and waited for the guys to emerge.
WATCH: Sandler and Schneider Appear.
Phone was set to record because I figured the duo would just walk right past us and I wanted to at least have video of them getting out of the car for the blog. When Sandler instantly approached everyone I began to fumble around. Rob stayed back and watched from a distance.
I wanted to film, get all the autographs and take a selfie but I only had two shaky hands and almost missed my opportunity.
Lucky for me I had my mylar (a movie prop that goes above the theater door letting you know what movie is in there) of Anger Management and my little autograph book out and ready but my Anger Management DVD was in my book bag.
I really only wanted a picture with the guys and was caught off guard when Adam literally signed EVERYTHING for EVERYONE.
He signed the mylar and then asked if I wanted him to sign my book too, as I was opening it up it fell to the ground and as I went to pick it up the mylar took flight and headed down the fucking street.
It was one of those scenes where every time I went to grab it, it would blow a few more feet further down the road, it was like a dollar on a string. I hated my life.
Finally the mylar landed against the wall of the hotel and I was able to snag it, I casually walked back towards the group after causing such a ruckus and just stood behind Sandler. To my right, Rob Schneider.
I said hello and asked him for a picture, which as you can see he gladly obliged. We shook hands and I thanked him. I also apologized for how cold my hands were, he agreed and held my one palm warming it up. We made idol chit chat until Adam was done with everyone else and I quickly snagged him for a picture before they both darted into the lobby never to be seen again but not before I shouted “I love you”…
I do and say stupid things when I get nervous.
It was a long, cold evening but a very successful one at that.
Much thanks to the Playhouse for their patience and to the Ritz for allowing our small group to gather outside.
But the biggest thanks of all goes out to Adam and Rob, what great people. I know it was a long day and the last thing you wanted to do was deal with a bunch of weirdos freezing to death out on the streets of Cleveland but you did and by doing that you made this girls year!
Kisses to all that followed along to the end, I appreciate you!
Did you know that Kevin Bacon has a brother? Michael is his name and did you know they play in a band together? The Bacon Brothers – pretty fucking cool eh?
So you can understand my excitement when my stalker pals informed me that this duo would be performing at the Music Box Supper Club in Cleveland on July 11th, 2018.
Kevin has been in many movies such as Tremors, Footloose, A Few Good Men, and the hit TV drama The Following. He’s been around since the 1980’s and has done pretty well for himself, professionally and personally as he has a beautiful family.
Let’s Get Down To Stalkin’
I had a 7pm volleyball game in Mentor (that’s on the East side which is a good 30 minute drive to Cleveland) that night but the plan was to catch the guys as they excited their show, so as long as we got down there about 8-8:30pm we’d be golden.
Unfortunatly we didn’t have tickets to see them perform but we we’re able to swing the stalk.
It was late enough that they had stopped charging for parking so we pulled on in and got a spot right next to the building and across from the stage door. As we assessed the situation we noticed a black bus that had a trailer attached to the back, we assumed this was the travel vehicle.
There was only one other guy waiting for the brothers but he was on the other side standing by the bus door off to the right. We stayed in the grass but directly across from the stage door, which meant Bacon Bits would have to pass us first before he would have a chance to escape.
You can see the light between the two doors, every time I saw it go dark I’d assume someone was coming out and I’d start recording, eventually I got it right but you’ll have to keep reading to know the rest.
By this time the crowd of one was now 7-10 people and we assumed that they were the “Ebayers”, ebayers are people who have stacks of glossy 7″X 10″ photos of celebrities and then sell them for a profit after they’ve gotten them signed. But as long as they stayed where they were and didn’t rush when the brothers came out I didn’t care how many there were.
Cleveland selfie under the blue bridge by the Bacon Mobile to pass the time.
It was close to midnight when the door opened up and Kevin appeared, he was with a couple of guys and was more than willing to meet his fans.
I don’t remember seeing his brother Michael in the excitement but I would have liked to meet him as well.
Check out the video below.
Keven was super sweet! I was nervous the whole time leading up to that moment thinking he would just ignore us but he blew my expectations out of the water. As you can see in the video he took pictures, signed autographs and was very patient with us as we talked and rambled on.
I waited till the end to get my picture with him because I was initially taking video and then I had to switch over to picture mode, plus I was all shaky and at one point Shari was like (and I wish I had it on video) “Are you going next?” And I said “No, I’m all shaky balls.” Who says that to Kevin Bacon??, pretty sure I got a chuckle out of him. When it was my turn and I was ready I warned him that my flash would melt his face off, he laughed and you can genuinely see that in his smile.
I thanked him and then shook his hand, he literally made my night.
As we drove off I saw that he had stopped and was also being kind to the group of ebayers, what a super human.
I’d like to thank Kevin for his kindness and time as well as The Music Box for hosting such a great event and letting us chill in their bushes.
ALSO a BIG thank you to the few that read and follow along with our adventures!
Stay tuned as I’ll be dropping two more successful stalks here in the next week!
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.