ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: There's No Place Like London and Unbroken Circle Opens Off-Broadway
17 Jun 2013
Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick
A week in the life of actor, radio host, music director and writer Seth Rudetsky.
First the drama; since James is busy with Unbroken Circle, I invited one of my best friends, Jack Plotnick, to stay with me in London. When we first got our tickets, I had an aisle seat and Jack had a horrible middle seat. And it was fifteen rows behind me. When we checked in the night before, we tried to change Jack's seat to one next to mine but when we looked at the seating chart, his seat didn't appear at all. I assumed it was letting me check in because I'm a frequent flyer. At the airport, they still wouldn't let Jack move his seat. He was told to do it at the gate.
When he got to the gate he found out that that the reason he didn't have a seat to change the night before is because he didn't have a seat at all! The flight was overbooked and his seat was given away! Even though he bought a ticket and picked a seat, he was somehow ix-nayed and was now on a waitlist. At number six! He didn't have a complete breakdown like I would have. Instead, he just kept saying, dead-faced, "I'm going to have to wait in this airport for twelve hours for another flight."
They offered people round-trip tickets if they gave up their seats, and suddenly Jack wound up getting a window seat in a delicious exit row. But he hates window seats so he approached the woman next to me and asked if she'd like to trade her middle seat for a window seat. She looked at him strangely, but she promptly took the ticket and ran. And now Jack and I are sitting next to each other!
Last week, I interviewed Rob Delaney on "Seth Speaks" and loved it! He was voted "Funniest Person on Twitter" and I (and Audra McDonald) follow his tweets obsessively. Here's one of my fave tweets from him: "If your response to calls for gun control is 'Should we get rid of cars too?' the answer is, for you, yes. You should not have a gun or car."
And I love his hilarious twist endings: "My niece just said, 'Birds live in a birdhouse & we live in a people house!' Cute, huh? Wrong; my niece is 26 & on trial for manslaughter." Turns out, he began as a musical theatre performer, and that's what led to him going into stand-up comedy. He was playing Lancelot in a non-equity tour of Camelot and the tour bus broke down. By the time the cast made it to the venue, they were a half-hour late to curtain. Since the audience had already entered the theatre, they had to do their sound check in front of the 2,000 people. Rob said that Guinevere and King Arthur did some of their dialogue to test the mics but he didn't want to do his lines from the show in front of the audience until he was playing the role. So he sound-checked by telling a story about his day. The audience laughed up a storm and he said it was his first time making an audience laugh with his own words. That made him start considering being a stand-up comedian.