Thursday, November 29, 2012

Celebrity Encounters--of the B, C, & D List variety

I'm linking up with Holly and Erin today for:


Where do I begin?  As part of my job, I book performers to bring to our university's campus.  Because of this, I have had the opportunity to meet a variety of "celebrities".  I'm going to share a few of my favorites (what I feel is the best/most skeezy is last!):

Yes, this is me (and my best friend) with Mr. Belding from Saved by the Bell (also known as Dennis Haskins).  For a long time, Mr. Belding was on the "college circuit" doing a variety of hosting and appearances--until the students got so young that they don't know what Saved by the Bell is (I feel really old and don't want to live in a world where kids don't know every episode of that delightful show like I do!)

This is Anthony Rapp--most people won't know who he is--but if you are a fan of the Broadway show "Rent", you will recognize him as the original Mark in the show (and in the movie).  He was the closing lunch speaker at a conference I was at--he was also super nice. 

Demetri Martin is a HILARIOUS comedian--he has several stand-up specials and a show on Comedy Central called "Important Things with Demetri Martin".  He came to campus three years ago.  

Lance Bass!!!!  The 19 year old Michelle nearly peed herself when he came to our conference a couple years ago.  I saw NSYNC in concert four times (uh...yes, I was in college during all of them). I felt like I was one step away from meeting Justin Timberlake himself!  Unfortunately they wouldn't let us take photos in line or with him--but I did give him a hug (whether he wanted it or not).

This is the cast of The Buried Life on MTV--a reality show where these four guys go around the country and try to cross things off their bucket list.  They came to campus to discuss the concept of "What do you want to do before you die".  I am normally very anti-reality stars, but these guys do a lot of good--and had a great message for our students.

Danny Tanner---I mean, Bob Saget!!!  He came to campus for a comedy show two years ago.  He is a dirty, dirty man.  It was HILARIOUS.  This is him with our programming board before the show.  

Seth Meyers.  Seriously one of the nicest guys ever.  He came to campus last year for a comedy show.  Thoroughly enjoyed his show--and I get excited every time I watch stupid Saturday Night Live now--everyone knows Weekend Update is the best part of the show anyway. (As a fun little tidbit, I think that I had a little to do with this sketch--at one point "Mitt Romney" is in East St. Louis--Seth (yes, we are on a first name basis) and I had a conversation about East St. Louis and what a "hellhole" it was perceived to be...and three weeks later, this sketch aired.   Saturday Night Live Sketch

Yup, that's Pauley Shore.  He was very clearly on something.  He was sitting on a table and kept nearly falling off--and he totally wrote on my shoulder with that sharpie he is holding.  

And, the best one ever:

Yes, that is me with porn star Ron Jeremy.  He came to campus about six years ago for a debate about pornography (he was obviously pro-pornography) and he debated a man who was addicted to porn and lost everything (job, wife, kids, etc.).  It was actually really good.  But, I got this picture taken with him--and then went home and took a shower.  He is super, duper dirty.  

Other people I have met--President Obama, Chris Hardwick (host of MTV's Singled Out), Various MTV's The Real World cast members, Snooki from The Jersey Shore, Sarah Colona (she's a regular on Chelsea Lately, and lots of D-List Celebs.  

I'm pretty excited to read about other people's celeb meetings and sightings. 


  1. These are great Michelle! You have been able to meet a lot of celebrities!

    1. Thanks Amy! They are kind of low-level celebrities (some of them), but I love them all!

  2. Now I'm curious where you work? Also, ron jeremy......oh gross. I'm not too sure I'd let him touch me. How is it a disgusting man can be in porn?

    Also, your Pauly Shore reminded me that I too met him. I think it was at The Funny Bone in West Port. I think he was completely trashed. While he was nice I just lost respect for him being so strung out and drunk.

    1. Thanks Rebecca! I didn't plan to get that close to Ron Jeremy--but it happened. I guess I should be lucky that I didn't end up with any diseases! He is super gross!

      I work at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in the activities office.

  3. I loved these Michelle and I remember a few of them myself! The best is the East St Louis reference... You totally inspired that comment... and I am glad to know Seth is not really a jerk!