Billy here!!! My girlfriend pointed out to me how out of date my bio is, and suggested I change it just a little.
I'm not the new guy on 95.1 The Brew's "Wease Show" anymore. In fact in terms of senority I'm second only to Wease.
I'm no longer single, living alone with my cat Geraldine (a tribute to one of my comedy idols, Flip Wilson). Geraldine and I have been joined in my house by my girlfriend Susan (#BestGirlfriendEver) and the cats she brought with her when she moved to Rochester from Akron Ohio, Dora and Precious. One of the great things about Susan is she's as silly as me, and we've made up voices for the cats, and speak to each other in those voices. At least we don't have voices in our heads.
Susan has also helped me rediscover my love for comic books, superheroes, and other nerdy things I enjoy. I've started rebuilding my collection of books, toys, statues, figures, etc... and actually display them in our house.
Before I was asked to come back to The Wease Show I spent ten years working at a sheet metal factory called Barthelmes Manufacturing as a shipping clerk and machine operator. It was a good job, and worked with lots of great people, but I can't tell you how happy I am to be here instead. One day I was getting dirty and sore lifting heavy, sharp steel... the next day I'm getting paid to do something I love.. To quote Yakoff Smirnoff (when was the last time his name was mentioned)... "WHAT A COUNTRY!"
In my spare time I enjoy listening to music (obviously), going to concerts (obviously, again), movies, reading, writing, tv channel surfing to see if I'm missing something more entertaining than what I'm already watching, and am especially good at taking naps... To quote the great Ralph Wiggum "When it comes to sleep I'm a Viking".
I'm also a huge fan of baseball and football. I try to go to 5-10 Rochester Red Wing games a year, and am an insane fan of the NY Mets... during the season while normal people are out enjoying warm weather there is a good chance I'm sitting in front of a television watching my favorite team break my heart. During the fall and winter I spend lots of time on the weekends watching football, and managing my fantasy teams.
Favorite musical acts include.... Elvis (both Presley and Costello), The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Barenaked Ladies, Counting Crows, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Steven Kellogg and the Sixers, Eddie From Ohio, U2, Old Crow Medicine Show, and many, many more. Motown music from the 60's is the best.
Favorite movies... I once wrote a whole blog about my ten favorite movies. I just looked at it, and it still holds up. Check it out. Scroll about half way down the page to see the list.
Favorite TV shows... Comic Book Men, The Simpsons, The Office, Rescue Me, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Freaks and Geeks, MASH, and 24 are all among my favorite shows in TV history. Netflix will help me someday catch up with stuff like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, and maybe even some shows that aren't on AMC.
You're still reading this? Wow. Even I'm not that interested in me. Thanks for checking out my page, and for listening to The Wease Show.
Susan and I went to New York City for a few days, and she took pictures of me at some of the places we went, and the things we did, so I'm gonna share some of them here with a thought or two.
We start out right here at the Rochester Amtrak station. I have a Batman winter hat that keeps my head and face warm with the Batman ears and eyeholes, so this is "The Clear Channel Crusader Going To Gotham"...
The catalyst for our trip was a concert that Susan and I wanted to go to... "The Music Of Prince"... a tribute to The Purple One where an all star list of musicians and comedians salute him. This included folks like Elvis Costello, The Roots, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Chris Rock, and many many more. Here is me in the box I occupied at Carnegie Hall for the show. It's pictures like these that remind me why I don't like to have my photograph taken... I'm a fat, slovenly mess, and look like Jabba the Hut in this green shirt. Read what Entertainment Weekly thought of the show HERE.
We also went to the Metropolitan Museum Of Art, and what better place to snap a photo than next to some marble sculpted warlord's penis? I really look pregnant in this one.
Wease thought going to the Hard Rock Cafe was lame, but we enjoyed it. Good food, entertaining atmosphere, a pleasant staff, cool stuff to look at, etc... I'm not quite sure what the religious diplay behind me is supposed to indicate (I see Elvis, Jesus, and a bunch of other stuff), but this was the stage from the Paramount theater where everyone from Elvis to Sinatra to Martin & Lewis performed. Not long after this pic was taken a party of about 50 high school students were at all these tables singing along with Journey's "Don't Stop Believing". Pretty cool.
C'mon ya idiot... you finally have hair thanks to Dr. Quatella, so try combing it. This is me being confused on the subway, looking at a digital readout of upcoming stops making sure we don't miss ours.
Way more fun than the Metropolitan Museum... It's the Museum Of Sex. Three floors of exhibits with some of the funnest, naughtiest, raunchiest, most interesting stuff you'll ever look at in a museum, and it's educational. It's not for the easily offended, but if you listen to the Wease Show that's not you. By the way... it was Susan's idea to go here, not mine... #BestGirlfriendEver
Saturday afternoon lunch at The Carnegie Deli, with the world's biggest sandwiches... over a pound of turkey and 4 slices of cheese on my sandwich. I'm proud that I ate the whole thing, but then ashamed. No wonder I'm like Grimace from the old McDonald's commercials.
Susan's reuben sandwhich is even more ridiculous, but she only ate about half, unlike me who will just keep eating until it's gone. I don't like reubens otherwise I'm probably finishing it for her...
Saturday night we went to Greenwich Village and started with a stroll thru Washingston Square Park...
Lots of buskers in the park entertaining people, including this guy taking requests on his piano. How he got the piano here I have no idea...
... and finally, The Comedy Cellar, the hippest comedy club in NYC... saw a great lineup including Robert Kelly (Opie and Anthony), Gary Gulman (Last Comic Standing), and Judah Friedlander (30 Rock). Non stop laughs... in fact Bobby Kelly made Susan laugh so hard she became part of the show.
Another highlight of the trip was getting 1/2 priced tickets for the 12th row to see "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" on Broadway. Loved this musical... the songs were written by Bono and Edge of U2, the effects were amazing (Spider-Man and Green Goblin fought as they flew over my head), and some really good acting. A GREAT time, but they wouldn't let us take pictures in the theater, even before or after the show.
Susan also humored her favorite geek by letting him spend an hour or two (and over a hundred bucks) at Midtown Comics, the comic book store in Times Square that may be the world's biggest. I bought a book, a couple tshirts... and Susan surprised me with an awesome tshirt from their too... and this 9" toy Batman (I already had the smaller 3.75" one)...
I had a great time in NYC, and can't wait to go again to do even more stuff (lame, cool, geeky, whatever). Also a HUGE thanks to our next door neighbors Deb and Pam for taking care of our kitties, watching our house, taking care of the mail, and even putting our garbage at the curb so we didn't miss pick up. Susan and I have great neighbors.