Saturday, March 21, 2015


Jay Leno made a stop in Schenectady last night and we would not have missed it for the world.  On the way home from the show we reminisced about other great comics we were lucky to see, here in our own backyard.  Most recently (well actually more like 7 years ago) we were very lucky to see Robin Williams at The Palace Theater in Albany.  There was no way we were going to let Robin Williams, preform live in our home town with out being there.  And now, more than ever we are so glad we were there.

Then there was Steven Wright and Larry Miller at The Egg at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.  Many years before, at the now (sadly) closed and razed Colonie Coliseum summer theater in Latham, we enjoyed George Carlin, Louie Anderson, Howie Mandel and Gallagher (for which we were issued ponchos with our tickets.)  This little theater was the best place for a show, it was in the round and tiny (every seat was like sitting in the front row) and although completely sheltered it was not closed, hence the summer only performances.  But, as little as it was it welcomed many big names.

But back to Friday night.  We started with dinner at one of Schenectady's great restaurants.  Schenectady is known for having many of the greatest restaurants in The Capital District.  We chose
Marotta's bar-risto on Union Street.  This is in a row of four very different and distinct restaurants set in beautiful old Schenectady row houses.

Dinner included mozzarella in carrozza for the appetizer.
A cup of homemade pasta fagioli, even tho Spring started at 6:45 p.m.; it was a damp and rainy night.  Perfect soup night.
And for the entree, chicken francaise on top of linguine with a side of fire grilled chef's selected vegetables.
And, needless to say, after such a wonderful meal, there was no room for desert.  Although it was raining, the 4 block walk to the theater felt great.
The nights show was at the beautiful and historic Proctors in Schenectady.  The show started promptly at 8:00 p.m. with a local act.  The Dylan Perrillo Orchestra.
This was a wonderful surprise and they were exceptional.  And kudos to Jay Leno for showcasing a local group.  They preformed until 8:30 p.m. and after a quick 10 minute break the man of the hour took the stage.
There is nothing more I could say about his performance than, from the moment he stepped on the stage to the moment he stepped off the stage the audience roared with laughter.  My sides still hurt and there were moments we could not even catch are breaths.  Luckily it was a very (uhm) "mature crowed."  Because his act was very generational.  Which was fine with us.  He finished up around 10:30 p.m. and home we went, laughing all the way.
So as I said what a way to ring in Spring.  A big thank you to Jay Leno for making us laugh and laugh and laugh. 

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