Just for (Aspen)
What’s funnier than waiting outside a comedy club on the
upper west side on a freezing cold morning in November? Nothing! Except
it’s the only way to get an audition for the US Comedy Arts Festival,
commonly known as the Aspen Comedy Festival, held every year in Aspen,
Colorado. What’s the big deal, you might say?
Fun in Buskerville
Anywhere you go in New York City, you can find some kind of musician hard
at work, singing for their supper. I’ve seen a sitar player performing
at an Indian food restaurant on Bleecker St., two hopped-up crack smokers
jamming out to the music in their heads in a seedy dive in Alphabet City,
and at a coke bar in the outskirts of Brooklyn, I was thoroughly entertained
by a Polish lady as she sang a native song, sans microphone, to a tape
playing in a cassette deck.