Oh man, what an amazing night! I went out to see Chris Hardwick, aka The Nerdist, at the Showbox and the show was absolutely amazing. There was much hilarity and I managed to catch just a bit of it between audioboo and video! You can find my collected clips below.
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Chris Hardwick on John Mayer bashing and celebrities:
Hard N' Phirm performing "Infinity":
(My apologies for the horrible quality of the youtube videos! Dag nab cell phone doohickies!)
Molly Lewis singing about Wikipedia:
Mike Phirman and the only elements you need for a comedy song:
Oh Tacoma...even Chris Hardwick doesn't know what the deal is with you:
Chris Hardwick on not having sex:
And finally, you may now gaze upon how awesome I am:
Sunday, April 11
Tuesday, April 6
This year I didn't attend any panels, but I do have a fantastic story from Sakura-con about how my super spy friend Pinder and I defeated Team Rocket.
As many great stories have come to take place, it all started with a Twitter update. Pinder @ replied me and joked about how he had two members of Team Rocket in his store making copies. He knew that I was at Sakura-con and I figure he thought I might get a kick out of him seeing characters coming through his store downtown. He then commented how it was a little odd that they were at his store, since it is about eight blocks from the convention center. If you've ever been to the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, you know that there is a copy shop right inside on the first level.
And that my friends is when he noticed they were actually copying badges.
From there I asked him to gather as much information for me as he possibly could. In a moment of pure genius, he walked up to them and said that he liked their costumes and wanted a picture. Well known fact: cosplayers will never turn down an opportunity to get their picture taken.
I won't post the picture here, but suffice to say, it was incredibly amusing to receive a picture of two criminals pretending to be fake criminals posing for a picture that would get them caught; and get caught they did!
The badges they were copying were photoshopped to include fake numbers and names. These included such classics as "Richard Nixon, The king of all Cosmos" and "Jesus Christ, Super Star".
This is where Pinder leaped into action again with his amazing spy skills and searched the recycle bin after they left. What he found was a copy of all the fake badges crumpled and thrown out.
With all this information coming into me, I was very proud to play my part by turning in their picture and fake badge names and numbers over to the staff. The real badges that were sold were replaced, so that the fake numbers could be easily spotted, and the picture taken was distributed so that staff could ninja around the panels and expo hall and identify the two thieves.
I wasn't there to catch the action, but I heard the two Team Rockets were caught, along with 8-10 of the people who got fake badges from them. They are all banned from Sakura-con for life. The whole troupe was arrested, but released the next day. In an effort to take their costumes way too seriously, the Team Rocket duo returned to Sakura-con after their release, were caught again, and now face charges from the convention center itself for trespassing.
And now, with my Pokéwalker strapped heroically to my belt, I can say that I have, in the real world, defeated Team Rocket.
I would like to let all future criminals know that you should be very weary of trying to cheat one of my conventions. Copy shops in the area have been alerted. The staff are top notch and greatly enjoy kicking out offenders. The Green Coats working at the convention center are not dumb, in fact, they are incredibly smart and alert people who do their job very well. You will be caught.
Damn it feels good to be a gangsta.
Monday, April 5
If you haven't already caught my twitter posts about it, Chris Hardwick aka The Nerdist is going to be in Seattle this weekend!
You may know Chris Hardwick from a great many places, but most likely from his appearances on Attack of the Show doing Gadget Pr0n or from his stand-up specials. If you're old school like me, you'll recognize him from Singled Out (no worries, he has a better haircut now).
I was really excited when he put out a call for a Seattle Street Team, and even more excited when I got picked to be one of 20 members!
In an effort to keep this blog fully disclosed: As a member of the Nerdist Street Team, I am receiving two free tickets to his show, including a special VIP pass for a meet-up before the show. To be clear, I am and already was a huge fan of Chris Hardwick. I follow his blog religiously and I found out a while ago that he is the voice of Otis on Back at the Barnyard! So, while I probably would be mentioning and blogging about this anyway, I am in fact getting something out of it as a street team person.
With that being said, you should all make me look good by spreading the word!
You can join the Facebook event or the Tweetup event. If you're going to be there, let me know so we can all hook up afterward!
Buy your tickets in advance now!