Abundance of Friends, I’m 40!!!

Gulp!  That’s the first time I ever wrote it.  I am 40 years old.  I’m almost as old as the space program itself….sheesh!

Er…um….Oh, hey Motherfakers!  Do you like my brand new Keds?  Do they still make Keds?  I still listen to hip muzak just like you.  Ugh…it’s no use.  I’m over the hill.  There were no black balloons or graveyard cake, thank God.  But I’m relieved to learn that 40 is the new 30.  And that can probably even be true for 50 if modern science is to be believed.

What?  You believe scientists?  They always wind up being wrong about EVERYTHING.  Just remember, everything that science disproves is something that science used to prove.  Get it?  Wrap your head around that little fact. Don’t have the scientist, hate the science.  Go ahead, in the name of science…say the word science 20 times in a row.

I’ll wait…..go ahead and do it!

Weird, huh?  It doesn’t sound like a word anymore!  Same thing goes for if you see the word written a bunch.  So, don’t you think that happens to scientists?  They’re reading and saying the word science ALL DAY LONG. How can even they have faith in it, if it sounds like a make-up word?

Hey Look!  It’s a video of me and the Browncoats…your new favorite band.  We shot it in St. Louis.  Check it out before you read the rest of the blog.  Don’t watch this video while eating.  Click HERE for the cooking show fun!

Okay. At this point you’ve forgotten I turned 40I’ve blinded you with science. Which would have worked, but only someone 40 or over would even know what song I just referenced….aaaaand I’m an old fart again.

So my car up and died on me today. My birthday.  But it turned into a very sweet moment.  My car died as I was on my way to a coaching for some talented kids in Brea.  I waited in the heat for a while, but a very nice driver named Jack towed my car to the nearest station and offered me an ice cold water.

So, it’s major repairs and I don’t know how I’ll afford it.  I was sitting at the garage for a while waiting for my friend Mike to pick me up.  I talked to another Mike, the owner of the shop where my car is sleeping tonight.  I had a great talk with the owner, and he’s letting me keep my car there until tomorrow when I figure out this dilemma.  I wasn’t able to do the private coaching ( I hope the kids weren’t let down, and I was anxious because it’s my birthday and I knew a group of friends was gathering to celebrate my 40th at Ye Rustic Inn. (a real place)

While stressing and sweating (and keeping my calm despite gathering emotional storms) I looked at my phone and saw that a list of friends had grown on Facebook wishing me “Happy Birthday” and saying such sweet and wonderful things.   I had to use my Sprint phone in ways I never had to before to read them all!   I spent some time reflecting on how many friends I have and how great and supportive they are.

Bill Chott and Jim Coughlin 40 Birthday

In the sober light of the morning after my 40th Birthday, I’ll have a lot more thoughts about this.  But I want to thank each and every one of you who thought of me and wished me well both in St. Louis at the Roast, or here at the Ramada or the last minute gathering at Ye Rustic Inn. Or even for stopping to read this blog, stranger though you might be. You’re a friend to me one and all.  Sappy? Yes, but I need to sleep one off and get back in the saddle tomorrow morning.  Something tells me I’ve had too much cake!

Back in LA…for now.

Well friends, neighbors and Motherfakers, lend me your internet-strained eyes.  For I come to bury LA, not to praise it.  I’ve gotta say that I love working in LA, but I really love LIVING in St. Louis.  And boy did I live the last time I was in town.  It’s been a long haul, and I got a lot done in the late spring and early summer in St. Louis.

I’m in LA, I taped my first show of the new season on Wizards of Waverly Place last week and now I’m gearing up for the end of the five week run as part of the Spotlight Series of the LA Comedy Festival.  Please tell a friend.  Literally, pleeeeeeze tell a friend if you care about them because they won’t want to miss this ALL STAR improv show.

Steve Agee (Sarah Silverman Program), Frank Caeti (MAD TV) and many of LA’s top improv talent from UCB, Second City, Groundlings and many other of my favorite comedy friends are in this show.  For more info, click HERE.

Steve Agee 2

Frank Caeti 4

So, that’s some cool JELLO, Maynard!  But check out what was going on in St. Louis. I shot a comedy video with a band named The Browncoats (a Firefly inspired punk band) where I drank for free all day and puked up my breakfast before the drinking started.  You’ll see why the video hits YouTube later this month.

Mudders Milk
Photo by Christopher Robertson

The experience turned me into a fan of the band and made me a fan of Firefly, too.  They did a cover of the song Hero of Canton and followed up this insanely popular viral video with a faux cooking show hosted by yours truly.  Guess what’s on the table?

I did magic at the Family Expo, both onstage and close-up at the Improv Trick booth.  I really love doing it close up!

Bill Doing Magic

Oh the fun didn’t seem to end.  We premeired two big shows: The Improv Trick Harold Night and Longform Jam, and The StageMatch.  After every show, we partied far into the night at the Improv Trick Comedy Underground.  I really miss being in St. Louis and doing those shows and the late night fun.

Gallery at the Incubator

Marc Pruter Bday

Above is a pic from my buddy Marc’s 43rd Birthday Party.  We went to the City Museum and heard some great Alt. Country music, had a few rum n’ cokes and slid down a 7 story slide.  Can you do that anywhere but St. Louis?  We spend the rest of the night on Washington Ave.  It’s amazing what a night life St. Louis has downtown now.

Before leaving town, I had  few ” g-bye for now” parties that included my 40th Birthday Roast and making some personal appearances at the Summer Up Music Festival in Hazelwood, MO.  North County proud.  MTV’s BJ “Honkey” Lange was the MC and he rocked it out with Fredbird and the Smash Band.

BJ has been an outstanding improv student and performer and I look forward to having him in LA.  He’s moving here soon.  More North County pride!

BJ and Fredbird

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