Today is a great day. I can feel the energy. It's almost palpable. It's still cold on the East Coast, but it's heating up. The fog is lifting.
It being Friday the 13th could have something to do with it, but I think it's also because one of my best friends (and former roommate) Orny Adams is going to be doing his second appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight. (And he goes on just before the Shins - one of my favorite bands...I'm really sorry O that I'm missing this one!).
It's great to see your good friends do so well. Especially when they deserve it. Orny has been working tirelessly for the past 14 years at honing his craft - at being a great stand-up comedian. Through thick and thin he has never given up. He has stuck with it and persevered and worked at being a great comedian. He has earned the respect of many of the great comedians of our time including Jerry Seinfeld and Gary Shandling among hundreds of others. I've been standing there and heard the compliments first hand. And he is consistently the best comedian on stage every time I go see him live. Ask anyone in the audience after one of his sets...most likely they'll say the same thing: he was by far the best on the stage. That's because he is a great comedian and his jokes are smart. He doesn't need to swear to get people to laugh. And that's what you'll see no doubt tonight in front of Jay Leno's audience and on the Tonight Show's stage. Great jokes that have been honed for months, years, tirelessly. Every word, every nuance. Most people probably think comedians just get up on stage and try to say funny stuff. Wrong! It's an art, it's a craft, it's an endless job.
So way to go Orny! I'm looking forward to watching tonight from the East Coast. With any luck, the producers of the show will carve out a few extra minutes for Orny tonight to show this hilarious clip of Orny doing stand-up to a group of school children in Fiji. If not, the clip is being featured on Will Farrell's new site FunnyorDie.com.
That's one reason why today is going to be a great day. Watch Orny give it his all on The Tonight Show and then go out and kick in $20 bucks to buy his DVD/CD called Path of Most Resistance. It's well worth it for a lot of reasons. But mostly because it is great comedy and it deserves to be recognized and supported and passed around and blogged about...