Ceatta’s Week in NYC with Carrot Top November 3, 2011
My whirlwind trip to NYC starts off with a trip to Regis & Kelly. We get picked up in a van, props in tow, prop master Jon and fellow comedian Charlie Varicola accompany us as we drive to what feels like only a few blocks away, yet takes us about 30 minutes, typical NYC commute. We arrive at the studio and Scott (aka Carrot Top) and company start running through the prop trunks and do a run thru for the show producers….this is when they tell you what they do and don’t like and what you can and can’t do on TV. In the meantime Kelsey Grammer and posse arrive in the green room with us. What a nice guy. He was there with his wife and was promoting his new TV Show ‘Boss’ on the Starz Network. We wrap with Regis and Kelly and head to our next stop, a recording for HDNet’s “Naughty But Nice” show which happens on the rooftop of the Gansevoort Hotel. What a swanky hotel, has an upscale salon type of feel. Recording goes quick and smooth and we’re off to CNN to shoot Showbiz Tonight. Scott was all kinds of excited to be in the building and even ran into Anderson Cooper, he was stoked. The green room has the greatest view of Columbus Circle and Central Park ever. While waiting in the green room, in walks the beautiful and statuesque Top Chef Co-host, Padma Lakshi, who was also a guest on the show. Back to our hotel rooms as day one of press is done. I decided to venture out with Charlie and Jon as we made our way to Times Square and a pit stop to a comedy club. Walking near 42nd street I begin admiring the street artists and run into two people that I know, one from Vegas and one from Cali., only in New York.
Day two starts with a trip to my favorite little independent coffee shop, then off to meet Scott at his hotel and off to Sirius Radio we go. It’s like trying to get into Fort Knox when you go into these buildings in NY, the security is intense. So we get to the Sirius Radio floor to begin the radio tour. We immediately run into Joe Piscopo, so he and Scott chat it up for a bit and pose for pics. Scott goes in studio for his first interview and while standing outside the studio waiting for him I notice that across the hall sits Coldplay. When they finish and walk out they stop and say hi to Charlie and I and chat with us for a while. Super nice guys, good looking, and tall….ooh, and accents to boot, I was happy. It was a true celeb packed day at the Sirius building as I notice three very good looking guys walk past me…I didn’t recognize them at first, but definitely noticed them cause they were so beautiful…turns out to be Hanson….and Carrot Top just happens to be a fan. I manage to sneak Scott to them in-between radio shows and they hang out and pose for more pics. When the radio tour gets done we go back to the hotel for a bit and I take advantage of the down time and walk my happy butt to Blossom, my favorite Vegan restaurant in New York, which is located on the upper West side. I was staying at 7th & 55th and this place was at Columbus & 83rd….I walked EVERYWHERE and loved it because the weather was so perfect. I have a knack of feeling at home wherever I go. I sit in my usual spot at the counter and work my way through another two items on the menu, food is ridiculously good. I mosey my way back towards the hotel and make a stop in Central Park where I run into yet another person I know who lives in New York, crazy. Now it’s time to go to Fox News to record Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld. What a great group of people and a great show, it was just like one big family. Scott even got to meet Lou Dobbs, he was happy. Done with Red Eye, back to the hotel to change and Jon and I walk down to Best Buy Theater on Broadway and 42nd to catch Ziggy Marley, one of my favorite reggae musicians. I knew Ziggy was going to be in town but didn’t have my hopes up about seeing the show because I was there to work, turns out we got done in time. Jon and I walk up to the box office, buy our tickets, walk inside and within 10 minutes Ziggy is on stage. What a great, intimate venue and a great crowd. We danced our butts off and were left in awe after the show cause it was THAT GOOD. We grabbed a yummy meal after and walked back to our hotel to call it a night, and so my tour with Carrot Top came to an end.
Since I was already in New York I decided to stay through the weekend and catch the Top Rank fight at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Donaire vs Narvaez. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love working in boxing and how much I love my Top Rank family. I got to re-familiarize myself with the Garden (we have a BIG fight there on Dec. 3) and see all my friends. I felt very fortunate that I was there at the time I was. The following day, Sunday, I decided to go shopping on the famous 5th Avenue. I window shopped my way up and down 5th….I even stopped into St. Patrick’s Cathedral during Sunday Mass. I was drawn into the church because of how beautiful it was, and I even managed to catch the end of mass. I grabbed a seat in a pew and was strangely overcome with emotion. Now mind you, I am NOT a very emotional person, yet at this moment I was. It was a beautiful ceremony, a case of being at the right place at the right time. I continue on my 5th avenue adventure and yet AGAIN run into someone I know, this time it was the Filipino Flash, Nonito Donaire himself (he just fought the night before.) I chatted with he and his wife a bit then continued on my way. Craving a Bloody Mary, I made my way to a lil’ Irish Pub and had a seat at the bar. The very Irish bartender, Marisa, was super nice and I met a lady at the bar next to me who is moving to Vegas in January. I travel quite a lot on my own and have come to enjoy it quite a bit and meet cool people everywhere I go. I am truly blessed and very thankful for all the opportunities my awesome job affords me.