I saw an improv comedy show last night at the Upright Citizens Brigade... one of the actors performing was Jason Sudeikis from Saturday Night Live. Not to take anything away from the other actors on stage, but there's something really cool about watching in person an actor or actress you normally just see through a TV screen. I saw a play sometime last year that had three TV actors in it, two from shows I'd never seen, but the older man was played by the guy who played Dr. Canfield in Doogie Howser back in the '80s (Lawrence Pressman). And it wasn't like he was necessarily a better actor than the other people on stage, but it was just extra cool to see him "live" because I recognized him from TV. I saw an improv show with Rob Corddry last year too, and that was pretty cool as well. There's something about seeing someone on TV that just sort of makes them larger than life to me, I don't know.
The show was good (and it's playing at UCB Saturday nights through January...).
And, in case you missed this pretty major news story, the inventor of instant ramen noodles died on Friday at age 96. Momofuku Ando, founder and chairman of Nissin Foods. His name makes me realize (I assume) how they named the East Village restaurant Momofuku, which makes pretty excellent ramen and other upscale-Japanese-fusion things like that. The linked article mentions there's an instant ramen museum in Osaka named after him. Hope it's better than the pasta museum in Rome, which I forgot to mention in my post about Rome, but was pretty underwhelming. Did you know they make pasta out of semolina flour? You did? Then you don't need to visit the museum.