We started the wait around 5 and were let in around 6:45. You aren’t guaranteed a seat, thus the reason to show up early in line. But you are on a list and you can go stand with your friends when you arrive. A comedian warmed up the audience, and then Stephen answers questions as himself. Dan got to ask one, something about who he models himself after seeing that the far right from 5 years ago is not so far right anymore. He said it was originally O’Reilly, Anderson Cooper (because he’s like a bright shiny penny) and someone else.
I’m not always a big fan of the musical guests, but it was Bon Iver (of Skinny Love). He was actually pretty good for Q&A with Stephen, and then he sang something off his new album. Then Skinny Love for the website. Yes, I know I’m the target for that song, the other 3 guys with me just didn’t appreciate it as much. There were a few retakes, which was interesting to watch.
We are waaaay up in the back in the top row about 2/3 the way over from the left.
Then we were done and went over to the Pony Bar on 10th Ave for a beer. This is a great spot for a beer. Lots of really interesting beers on tap. The list changes daily. Everything is $5 and the food is pretty good too. Just a little far west if you happen to live in Brooklyn or Astoria.