Now that the leaves are turning, it’s comedy season again…
The fall and winter brings out the bigger names in the biz with less outdoor events to compete against. And this past week, for first time, Chris Franjola stormed the stage at Stanford’s and smoked it. Chris even surprised me with his unique style and power on stage.
Franjola has two TV series. He’s the lead with Josh Wolf on Chelsea Lately. And he has his own show, “After Lately.” Chris and Josh are the lead writers for both shows.
“I have to watch reality TV and the news all day, every day to write the jokes for the nightly talk shows,” he told me. “That’s right a steady dose of ‘Honey Boo, Boo’ and the Kardashians.”
Needless to say, Chris earns his money.
Franjola’s take on KC: ” I don’t know which place I liked the best, Dave and Busters with those loud games or the T-Rex dinosaur restaurant. Where do they get those menu items?”
Then he looked out at the young audience and said, “You hot girls, I mean do all of you have like 15-20 naked boob shots on your phones? My God, what you stand in the mirror before you go out and just blast away at those boobies – and then go down below – WTF?” When I was your age we had to use a flash camera, drive to the photomat, hand in our Johnson pix and wait two weeks to get them back, God knows who looked at our junk back then.”
Actually, he told it better and got a couple standing ovations with his in your face style.
It didn’t hurt that he looked like a young Bobby Kennedy, although the 20-something girls in the audience wouldn’t have a clue who Bobby Kennedy was.
More than a decade ago I was dating this crazy hot girl named Laurie who had worked at Stanford’s in Westport. I even gave her a small part in that B movie we did in Canada back in the mid 90′s. Hearne wrote about it in the KC Star at the time. The one with Sonny Landham, Frank Stallone, Bryon James (Blade Runner, The Player) and several other veteran actors, including me in a role as an attorney.
Laurie was one of the girls who got shot and killed early on by Stallone. It was called Billy LoneBear.
Laurie moved to LA right after that and her little sister Samantha took her spot at Stanford’s in the early 2000′s. I ended up going out with her although she was a bit too young at the time (but very pretty).
Now it’s 10 years later, she’s a registered nurse working at St. Luke’s. So its round two.
Maybe 10 years will make a difference.
Hey, she cleaned my condo and offered to make me breakfast – I don’t see that everyday. Nice girl, very sweet, looks like Brooke Shields when Brooke was in her 20′s. Nice. We’ll see how it goes.
She came up and watched Franjola – she’s is a Chelsea fan – and knew all about him.
So it was a weekend of laughter and smiles at Stanford’s.
That’s one way to forget the Chiefs and MU and KU football, at least for a few hours.