I am still trying to wrap my head around yesterday.
First off, I have to thank my man Jared for helping me and motivating me to put the show on. We organized and put on this show in a matter of weeks, from idea genesis to execution. The show wouldn’tve been the amazing success it was without my brother, who did a little of everything from helping us secure the awesome Bunga’s Den (thank you to everyone there!) to the minute things in running a show. Keith Blacknick is born to do this sort of thing. I’m a 2D thinker and a doer, he’s a 4D thinker and a DOER. The night couldn’tve gone the way it did without him.
My stand-ups: Jared, Sue Funke, Joe Pontillo, Chelsea White, Lyssa Mandel, Darin Patterson, Chelsea Condren, Whitney Meers, and Adam Lucidi. I can’t say enough about them. One of the hardest things about putting on a show is knowing you can pull from literally dozens of comedians and put on an amazing show, but these are the guys and gals I wanted. Saturday nights are tough nights for a million reasons… other gigs, maneuvering the city, sometimes actually living life (haha!)… and this group of comedians made this night that was so important to me, important to them, too. They were so incredibly funny and brought so much to the night.
How awesome was Brewster Moonface?? I had Julie Notwicz on the podcast a few weeks (months?) ago, and she was wonderful. In my little world, I knew of her in the comedic sense, and we had a wonderful conversation. Julie offered the band to play a song at #DHAP400, and before that, the reality of such an idea was lost on me a bit. But, that’s what I want to do. I want to do more of a variety type thing. Brewster Moonface was so, so good and it made my night to see how amped up and happy everyone was going into our short break. And, I can’t tell you how many people were amazed how good the band was. Another case of coming through before another big gig later in the night, and I cannot thank the whole band enough for making us a part of their night.
I don’t know Dana Krashin suuuuper well, but she is quickly becoming one of my favorite people. Our most recent episode together is something I think about a lot when I think about my future, both in this realm, and life as a whole. I wanted to ask the amazing Student Driver to be a part of the show, but I thought it was a stretch. They’re amazing! Would they even do it? Would it mesh in with stand-up and music and all the other craziness? Well, the answer is YES! You can put Dana, Jon McDermott, Jessica Georgina Clark, Giancarlo Osaben and crew on Mars and they’d crush it! Student Driver was one of the first acts I reached out to do the show, and they continually inspire me and make me laugh. Cannot thank that crew enough.
To my friend Renee Heitmann. Beautful, Bachelor contestant want-to-be (Send “Single Girl” to The Bachelor) Renee. On a whim, I went to go see Renee sing out of an apartment window in Astoria, and long story short, she has become an amazing friend. Warm and kind, the story of Single Girl Cookies is something I cannot talk about enough. Renee, right before the show mind you, baked a TON of freshly baked cookies that went before you could even blink an eye. The cookies are amazing, the person is even better.
We celebrated 3 years of Dennis Has A Podcast in January, 400 episodes last night, and now the plan is to celebrate our 4th Anniversary in January. I couldn’tve done it without all of you. I called it Dennis Has A Podcast because I thought it was silly and stupid and funny, but DHAP is all of ours. We all have ownership in it. Whether it’s a text conversation, or a Facebook Messenger, or a podcast episode or a phone call or whatever, I am lucky to surround myself with amazingly talented, kind, warm, positive people. Everyone who performed on the show, everyone who came to the show are amazingly special people. The best people in my life. There are a million places you can be on a Saturday night. You chose to spend it with me celebrating this silly little podcast that’s making an impact. Your support of the show, my stand-up, my TV and hosting experiences, everything that I do keeps me going. When I don’t believe in myself, YOU believe in me, and that makes all the difference.
The people who made it out to perform and to audience, you guys mean the absolute world to me. I saw so many faces that just made me beam with pride and happiness. My family came to see this craziness… friends from college, people I play ball with, people I never get to see enough. Nights like this are me being selfish in the best way possible.
I am still trying to figure out what’s next. What do I want? That’s an incredibly difficult question. Once I figure that out, how do I get what I want? I will be spending a lot of time thinking about that. For now, we push the podcast past 400 episodes, start planning the 4th Anniversary in January, and beyond that, many, many things are on the table. Wherever I go, whatever I choose to do, I hope you will continue to support me.
You guys are the absolute best.
See you soon.