Monday, November 30, 2009

New York State of Mind....

Almost two weeks ago The Countess was in New York City to attend Our Hit Parade at Joe's Pub. We had made a reservation for 16 for the party. Matt and Travis met me at the chinese place down the street and then we walked up to the Pub to get our table.

Ryan, Stephanie, and Joe were already there....

Arne and Sarah joined us.....

Daiva flew in from Florida and took a taxi right from the airport to Joes! Several others came in and sat at the Royal table in the corner. We were there to see Bridget Everett and gang do their crazy stuff and be royally entertained. You can be assured that you will have plenty of laughs at the Our Hit Parade show!

Bridget started out with clothes on...

But that changed quickly!!! She can belt out a song with or without her dress!!

Jenn Harris brought a blow up man to assist her in her act. I can't remember what song she sang, I only know that I was laughing so hard, I couldn't hear her anyway!

After her act, she came and sat at our table......

And here is Trapper Felides with the Countess. Yes, he is wearing a turkey on his head!

Corey Tut sang his fantastic rendition of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" and so many others gave great performances. Our Hit Parade....don't miss it!!

The next night was SHOWGASM at Ars Nova where Jenn performed her 'Shots' number....

Then it was the Varsity Interpretive Dance Squad (VIDS) performing their hit show. They won "Audience Favorite" for the AntFest so you can see them performing their act again on December 9th at Ars Nova.

The very handsome and sweet Tommy Schrider was The Countess' date for the evening.

Matt and Travis came with me too....

I also got to have lunch with Jessi Blue, see C.J. Wilson perform his role in the invited understudy rehearsal of 'A Steady Rain', attend Stephanie's housewarming party in Queens, and catch Carrie Fisher's show, Wishful Drinking. The Countess loves all her friends and.....

I love New York!
Countess Bedelia 11/30/2009 07:49:00 PM | 2 comments |

Friday, November 27, 2009

A Poem from Lady Astor

My dear friend, The Mrs. Astor, replied to my last post with a poem. The Countess was so touched, I want to share it here:

She put the "G" in Glee,
She put the "B" in Bee,
You can't put The Countess down.
She opens every night,
She carries a sharp-tongued knife
But you can't put our Countess down
We love the way she dresses,
We are always impressed-es.
You can't...You shant...Ever put our Countess down!!!!!

Thank you dear Alexis, I Love My Poem!! xoxo
Countess Bedelia 11/27/2009 01:15:00 PM | 0 comments |

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Day!!!

Duchess of Whimsy by Peter de Seve
The Duchess and I have a lot in common; especially a love of good food, good friends, and a glass of Glenlivet now and then.
Countess Bedelia 11/26/2009 12:12:00 PM | 1 comments |

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Skeletons in the Closet

(Click on the cartoon to embiggen)

Gay Zombies want your brains and give new meaning to the term 'head'stone, so sayeth Stephen Colbert.

Stephen Colbert of the Colbert Nation on Comedy Central does a wicked commentary of the stupidity of denying gay couples the right to bury their partners as decreed by the governor of Rhode Island.

I tried to embed this video into the blog but it wouldn't cooperate, so just click on the LINK and watch it.

Countess Bedelia 11/17/2009 10:52:00 PM | 1 comments |

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Rainy Saturday in New England

Tropical Storm Ida is finishing its run by dumping torrential rain on the Boston area today. Photo from

The Red Maple in the back yard has lost its glory.....the beautiful red leaves are all on the ground now.....

And no one is playing tennis, for sure....

A good day to stay home and put a movie on the TV to watch but The Countess had to get her nails done. It is one of my signatures......Red Nails!!!

And what better thing to do on a rainy day but to go shopping. There is a designer boutique store in my little town that had a few outfits just for me.

I feel so much better now. Time for a glass of Glenlivet to make the day perfect! You all have a wonderful day today....rain or is what you make of it!

I'll be in New York City next Wednesday for Our Hit Parade at Joe's Pub. Bridget Everett and friends will be raising the roof with a spectacular show. The Countess is hostessing a party at the Pub that night for her friends. Were you invited? If not, just show up and join the fun!
Countess Bedelia 11/14/2009 03:58:00 PM | 0 comments |

Sunday, November 08, 2009

If it's Thursday, I must be......Where?????

It was a whirlwind three days in the City! I can't believe that I did not take any pictures of the events I attended. Where was my head at? That is just not like me at all. But even without pictures, I need to record it here in 'the old lady's diary'.


The trip started with the opening night of "Our Bar" which will be held on the first Wednesday of the month at the Failte Irish Whiskey Bar. It was such fun to see so many friends, both in the show and in the bar. Matuschka came in to see me and give me her new book. Check it out on her website. Tommy and Nurit, Sara, Daiva, Brandy, and Sarah came in for the show. Brian was there without Amy and Jacob was texting with times!! Project: Theater was well represented by Joe Jung, Jessi Blue, Andrew McCleod, Jenny Schutzman, and many more. There were funny skits and some music too.

Later that night Daiva and I walked down the street to see Charlie at the bar where he works. There was a game of Beer Pong going on but the participants were too drunk to get any of the balls in the they just drank the beer instead!
Daiva will be appearing with the Varsity Interpretive Dance Squad at Ars Nova on November 21st. Get tickets here.

Taylor Mac as 'The Lily' and Amelia Zirin-Brown as 'The Bride' in The Lily's Revenge at the Here Arts Center.

Thursday night I attended a performance of "The Lily's Revenge" with Nurit and Brandy. Tommy had a reading that evening but came in for the last two acts. 'Lily' is a play in five acts which lasts five hours. That might sound a little intimidating but I can assure you that the five hours goes by fast, you are so entertained. It is one of those magical evenings that you can't just tell people about, they need to experience it themselves. Read the New York Times review and then go and see it while you have a chance. It is only playing for a limited run until November 22nd.

Three friends of mine are in the play. Amelia Zirin-Brown (Lady Rizo) plays 'The Bride', Philip Taratula plays 'The Groom', and Salty Brine plays 'The Tick'. I am in awe of all their talent and thank them so much for coming out to see The Countess during and after the show. And it was really great to be able to spend the evening with Tommy, Nurit, and Brandy.

Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Julie White, and Justin Kirk take their opening night bows!

Friday night I went to see "The Understudy" at the Laura Pels Theater on 46th Street. Jenn Harris is understudying Julie White in this production; so even though Jenn wasn't on stage, it was a must see play for me. Also Justin Kirk from "Weeds" is in it and I am a big fan. I had no idea who Mark-Paul Gosselaar was, but he apparently has quite a following. There were many fans lined up outside after the play who screamed quite loudly when he left the building! The play itself is quite funny.

The Understudy's understudies.....Josh Casaubon and Jenn Harris at the opening night party.

After the play Jenn, Matt Wilkas, Brooke Hardman, and I went over to Cafe Un Deux Trois for a cocktail. I had never met Brooke before and was very interested to hear about her theater group on Martha's Vineyard, 'Art Farm Enterprises' which she founded with her husband, Brian. Brooke also acts in Boston theater during the winter and will be appearing in 'The Christmas Carol' at the New Rep Theater as the Ghost of Christmas Past.

Saturday The Countess was back on the train heading for Boston. Whew! Time to rest up for a bit. Back to NYC in 2 weeks time for Our Hit Parade at Joe's Pub. We have quite a crowd coming that night. I think I will need reservations for 20!
Countess Bedelia 11/08/2009 11:58:00 AM | 3 comments |

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

New York City......I'm Here!!

The Countess is back in the City that never sleeps.

Tonight is the opening of "Our Bar". This is being put on by the talented people at Project:Theater. "Our first experiment in mixing environmental theatre with a bar. Who knows what will happen? All we know is that many stories will be shared, songs will be sung and fun will be had. What more do you need to celebrate hump day?"

The fun will be happening on the 2nd floor of the Failte Irish Whiskey Bar.

I'm sure there will be a few pictures to share when the night is done!

Tomorrow night three of my friends are performing in "The Lily's Revenge". It's a five hour theater experience that has been touted as a "DON'T MISS" experience. Once in a lifetime! The Countess can't resist something like this.
Countess Bedelia 11/04/2009 05:20:00 PM | 0 comments |

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Halloween is over but oh, my, what a fun time it was!!!

It was a fun Halloween party at Rumpy's Tavern! Lots of great costumes. The Countess was the judge with lots of help from Scott and the Queen of the Bar. Mucho thanks!

Prince Troy came as an Egyptian Pharoah and was sooooo handsome!!!

Michael Jackson made an appearance!!!

Madame Butterfly won first prize.

And the picture you have all been waiting for.......The Countess as a Flapper!

Another Halloween is over......start thinking about your costumes for next year!!
Countess Bedelia 11/01/2009 08:08:00 PM | 0 comments |