Sunday, November 18, 2007

What happens in Vegas, could give you Syphilis.

This is another long one, grab some popcorn.

I'm back safe and sound from my Las Vegas adventure. Lets start at the beginning, I feel safe talking about it now because it actually happened.

About a month ago I uploaded the video of my "Lie Detector Bit" into a web contest for something called "The Andy Kaufman Award". If you don't know who Andy Kaufman is, Wikipedia his ass. If you haven't seen the bit here it is for your consumption:



I didn't think I had a chance of making the finals because that bit is pretty tame. I have much crazy stuff, just not video taped. Long story short I get a call about two weeks ago, informing me that I had been selected as a finalist. This meant I would be flown to Las Vegas, get a room for two nights in Caesar's Palace, and perform in the live stage contest of The Andy Kaufman Awards in Caesar's Palace that was part of an even bigger festival called "The Comedy Festival". Some of the people performing in the festival this year were Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ellen, Eddie Izzard, and a ton of other great comedians. Oh yeah and me.

I was freaking out to say the least. The next week was the week I tried out for that Comcast commercial and made it. So needless to say I was under a huge amount of stress that manifested, or I should say manifestered, itself onto my mouth.

After I got back from the commercial shoot in Boston on Wednesday, I packed for my trip to Vegas the next day. I heard that there were 200 entries into the contest and only 8 finalist were chosen.

I'm pretty freaked out about flying, so the thought of flying 5 hours alone to Vegas was bonus stress. Hooray! I was a super absorbent stress sponge last week.

As I was waiting in the terminal to board the plane, I notice an acquaintance of mine, Mitch McGee. Mitch is a really funny improv performer/film maker who has done tons of great work on Channel 102 here in New York. I've seen him out a lot, but never really talked to him one on one. He was with his girlfriend, so being the shy introvert I am in public settings I didn't say anything to him.

After we arrived in Vegas it turned out Mitch was also a finalist. We reacquainted ourselves and ended up hanging out quite a bit. He's a really great guy and if his girlfriend were any nicer I would've had to slap her. I'm so glad they were there, it was nice to have two very friendly people to help ease the nerves.

Here is a nice shot of the desert. It looked very solid and bumpy, which didn't help my flying phobia. I would much rather have flown over cherry jello or nerf.

There are slot machines in the airport in Vegas. I'm pretty sure there are slot machines in every building in Vegas. I hear Las Vegas Memorial Hostiptal has pretty loose slots and a great buffet.

We had a ride waiting for us when we got there.

Here we our in our lavish high class chaffered white van.

This was our driver. He said his name was Driver. I didn't believe, but as you can see he could have eaten me in one bite, so I didn't argue with him.

We got to Caesar's Palace and checked into our respective rooms. The rooms were really nice. Here's my bed, it had a padded wall behind it. I guess that's so guest don't break their necks when they hire prostitutes and have freaky sex.

The room had a flat screen TV, but it was the worst reception I have ever seen on a television and you only got about 15 channels. On top of that the remote didn't work at all. It's the first thing I broke when I recked the room at my kick ass rock n' roll after party. I was the only one at the party, but it was still awesome.

Here's the bathroom. I pooped and peed in this room. I pooped and peed in the bedroom room too, but this is where I was "supposed" to do it.

This was the view from my room, LITERALLY. I didn't doctor this at all. All I could see was the roof and air conditioning units. But I didn't come to Vegas to gaze out my hotel window, I came to bury hookers.

After I marked my room with my scent, I went downstairs to pick up my festival stuff. Here I am with Carla and J.P. Buck. J.P. was the director of talent and development
for HBO and The Comedy Festival. This guy was extremely cool. He was always upbeat and very genuinely nice any time I talked to him. He really treated all the contestants with the utmost respect and I can't say enough good things about him without sounding totally gay.

This is my magic badge. It got me into places no normal human being could get into. The best thing about the badge was, it allowed me entrance into the Caesar's Palace employees cafeteria. The cafeteria lay deep within the bowels of Caesar's Palace's basement. You had to navigate a maze of tunnels to get there, but once you found "Cleo's", you were privy to as much free food as you could keep down. It was like heaven only more hair nets.

I didn't find out about the hidden cafeteria until later that day, and I was hungry after the flight. I wondered around looking for a quick and cheap bite to eat. I wandered into a buffet by mistake and my shyness screwed me over again by making it hard for me to tell the greeter that I didn't want to eat the buffet. They sat me down and informed me that the "dinner buffet" had just started, so my quick cheap bite to eat ended up costing me 25 bucks. Oh well, I eat the shit out of some crab legs.

Here's a very appetizing shot of my third plate of crab legs and desert on the same plate. Yummy yummy crab legs and chocolate torts.

Here are some random shots around Caesar's Palace. I'll start with this horse fish.

They decorated this statue for the comedy festival. Those darn comedians, they're hilarious?

Here is a sign. It says The Comedy Festival.

There's a huge mall inside Caesar's Palace. At the FAO Schwartz store they have an enormous Trojan Horse that you can get inside. I have a theory that this FAO Schwartz used to be a Toy's R' Us but the FAO Schwartz wheeled this Trojan horse into the Toy's R' Us as a "gift". Then that night FAO Schwartz employees jumped out and slaughtered the Toy's R' Us staff and took over the spot. On a side note, I couldn't find the backward "R" on my keyboard to correctly type the name of the store Toy's R' Us.

This is a shot of the Caesar's ppol. I took it from the third floor, because any closer and i would have looked like a pervert. I mean I AM a pervert, but I don't want to look like one.

That Geico lizard is much larger in person.

One of the shows I was most excited about seeing was "Tim and Eric's Awesome Show Live". With my badge I get in free to any show that isn't sold out, so I went ahead and bought a ticket,$35 bucks, just in case. When I went to get a seat they didn't even ask for a ticket and I sat in the front. Oh well, I didn't need that $35 bucks anyway.

The show was insane, just as I thought it would be. Afterward I got a picture with David Hart. He's on the show from time to time, but is most infamous for his completely fucked up L.A. based cable access Christian Science puppet show. Along with sidekick puppet, Chip the Black Boy, Dave teaches kids about Christian Science, the dangers of drugs and UFOs, also he is literally not quite right in the head area.

Here I am with the guys themslf, Tim and Eric. I would like to say after this picture we became really good friends and they asked me to help them on their show. Instead I just walked off and went to "The Lounge" to drink for free.

The Lounge was a big room set up for the performers at the festivals with X-Box's, couches, free internet, free booze and free food. Here's a couple picks.


I did a little gambling that night and actually came back ahead, take that Vegas!

The next day, Friday, we had a show tech rehearsal at 9:00am. I got to meet all the other contestants, and they were all very cool people. The rehearsal lasted for 2 and a half hours. Here is the stage.

The place sat 350 people.

Here's the stage from the other side.

Here I am being my awesome cool ass self.

The winner of the contest got 5 grand and this Andy Kaufman bongo drum.

This is our tiny but nicely decorated back stage area.

After the rehearsal, I ate at the free cafeteria and then decided to walk around Vegas a bit. I discovered really fast that Vegas is the loneliest place on earth if you're by yourself.

Here are my random site seeing pictures. I'll start with these guys. Don't worry, I told them Halloween had been over for weeks now.

Outside in front of Caesar's Palace, the Comedy Festival had set up an outdoor comedy village. There were little stages set up and stuff going on from 3pm till 10pm each day of the festival. I didn't stick around to watch much of the stuff, but I took a few snappy snaps.

Here is some sort of aerobic demonstration. It's funny because it's aerobics.

I met a bunch of cats from this comedy website called Garage Comedy. They were cool guys and they had a "comedy Tent" in the comedy village. They did little acts all day as well. This is a picture of that, but mainly I wanted a picture of the dude in the purple wizard outfit. I actually don't think he was part of the show. I think he was a real wizard.

This is a puppet. I think he was strung out on heroin.

I hopped on my private jet and had lunch in Paris.

I think this statue is raping that fish.

Here is a tiny porcelain recreation of the Last Supper. I looked at it and discovered that "Da Vinci Code" everyones talking about. It was on the bottom. I don't know what it means, but it said, "Made in China"

Me and a one-armed bandit.

This statue kicked my ass after i took it's picture.

This is a horse and a Roman dude.

Went back to Caesar's to check my e-mail at The Lounge and bumbed into some old friends from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York. They now live in LA and both work for the website Funny or Die. Seth is on the left and Amy is in the middle. I don't know the dude behind them.

The best thing about my trip was the fact that, completely by coincidence, my dad was in Vegas the same weekend. He was playing baseball in a tournament. He met up with me at Caesar's around 7pm and we grabbed some more crab legs at the buffet together. Then the Gibbons boy's played a little roulette together. After I lost 40 bucks and he won 100 bucks, we went to my room so I could get dressed for the big show.

We made our way down to the Emperor's Ballroom where my show was taking place, got Dad a good seat, and hopped backstage.

This is Chad, he was another finalist. He was super nice. His act was just him taking off about 30 pairs of pants to Randy Newman's song "Pants". I loved it.

Here's Chad in all his pants.

This is Mitch. He is drinking water.

This is another finalist, I don't remember her name, but she was super great and her act was hilarious. The dapper young man in the powder blue number is Reggie Watts. He is a fabulous comedian. He co-hosted the show.

This was one of the stage hands that looked like Andy Kaufman, so they dressed him up as Andy. Or maybe it really was Andy.

This is Kristin, she also co-hosted the show. She is very funny and super sweet. You may recognize her from the HBO show Flight of the Concords. Or not. It's up to you.

The show was amazing! Every act went over extremely well and the entire theater was full. I even did pretty good. Not good enough to win, but still pretty good. I saw most of the show and I have to say every performer was great and very talented. The winner's name was Brent, I didn't see all his act because he went right after me. It was an amazing experience and I was so honored to be a part of it all.

Here I am in my room right after the show. Damn I look good. I dropped off the lie detector and made my way to the Lounge for free drinks and partying with semi famous comedians.

Here I am with Chad (in the middle), and Nick Kroll (on the left). Nick Kroll is one of the main 3 cavemen on the show entitle Cavemen. He's also a great guy. I like his name too.

Me and Reggie Watts. Seriously, you tube Reggie, he has some good stuff on the you tube.

This is Owen Burke, Kurt, and Seth again. I love Owen Burke with all my heart.

At 2am they kicked us out of the Lounge, so the party moved into the ginormous hallway outside the lounge.

I was good and lit at this point, and fully ready to call it a night. I went to the lew, and got on the long escalator down so i could go to my room.

At the bottom of the escalator I turned left to go to the elevator bank that would have lead me to my room. All of a sudden I felt a hand slam down on my shoulder and someone say, "Wrong way Nick it's this way." I turned to find J.P. Buck leading me away from my room and to some yet unnamed place. I went along with him and 4 other girls. He lead us all to the dance club inside Caesar's, which was themed after the Pussycat Dolls. There was a long line out front, but we just cut and got in like the mother fucking VIP's we were. There wasn't anything special about the night club. It was packed and loud. We weren't there for more than 5 minutes when we hear the DJ announce, "Chris Rock is in da house!"

I had forgot to mention I saw Chris Rock the night before in The Lounge with Jeff Ross.

Anyway, our little group went upstairs in the club which lead to an awesome outside club area. We drank there till 4am and it was timeto go to bed for real.

Here I am posing for the "Ocean's 14" movie poster. I'm waiting for Clooney to give me a call.

That is pretty much the trip in a nut shell.

Oh yeah, I saved the abso-freaking-lutely best picture for the end. This is going to get blown up and put in a gold frame on the wall in my house. Of course I'll only hang it up at Halloween.

To be honest Mr. Top was a really nice and genuine guy. He talked to us for a while and he couldn't have been more pleasant.

I gotta take a nap after writing this blog.

6 comments:

Chad Fogland said...

Yay us!

Mitch said...

Yay indeed! Way to go Nick (and Chad)!

Nick Gibbons said...

I agree with both of you.

Dyna said...

I can't believe you met the guy who does that Christian puppet show with Chip the Black Boy! I thought I dreamed that show!

Nick Gibbons said...

Dyna, notice how he isn't even looking at the camera. I feel bad laughing at him because his part in the show borders on exploitive. I know he has no idea people are laughing AT him instead of with him, especially since he isn't even laughing. It was a little heartbreaking to meet him. He was asking us, people who have no affiliation with Tim and Eric, to ask Tim and Eric to put him on the show more. Tear...

Rafael Z said...

Dude! It was great seeing you at the big shindig last night! I think they could have used the money they spent on it to buy a new studio building. Jeezus. My personal party highlight was you and the 7'5" Unterfranz ruling the dance floor. Vegas sounded insane, and the commercial was even crazier. I knew if I checked your blog I'd get the full scoop. Congrats NICK! It was nice meeting your fabulous wife Nancy too.