Times square, comedy show, HIMYM bar

Trip Start Aug 17, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

we woke up and walked along Bedford avenue past the plethora of chic, hipster food stores and settled on dumplings. They were pretty good but we couldn't finish them so we got it to go with the plan to give it to some homeless guy in the city. How hipster of us. We negotiated the very very easy subway system to one of the sights I wanted to see in New York City- grand central station which is a symbol of NYC in hundreds of movies. we got off the train and walked to the main concourse and it was exactly what I expected. Really beautiful balconies with a huge American flag hanging for all to see, with the iconic clock, beautiful ceiling and tourist information booth in the centre. Loads of people had tripods and cameras set up and I'm sure more people were there to take photos than actually ride the subway.

 We took some photos and then walked a few blocks in the rain in the direction of Times Square where we bumped into Bryant park. There was a big Christmas tree in the park which is overshadowed by a beautiful black and gold building and a sloppy rain drenched skating rink in the middle overlooked by a bar called Celsius (ironic as they use farenheight, I guess a gift for the millions of tourists visiting this time of year). A few hundred metres up the road I got my first look at Times Square which was amazing. The square is a massive bunch of lights and billboards with advertisements for all kinds of things like Broadway shows, tv programs, clothes, travel and just about anything else you can think of that can be sold. There are thousand of yellow cabs that wind their way through the sea of eager tourists who cross the roads on red lights.

 We were constantly being approached by people selling tickets to comedy shows, their opening line being "hey guys you like drinking and laughing? Then come to a comedy show tonight!" We got talking to a guy who promised us the who's who of NYC comedy and the best meal we would eat in NYC cooked by a contestant from Hell's Kitchen. He was convincing so we got 3 tickets to go tonight.

 Brett was in town visiting his family so I gave him a call and he came and met up with us in Times Square, we went around the corner to one of the many Irish pubs that surrounds Times Square. We had a few beers and even got one for free because we were tipping so well and sat around and caught up, swapped travel stories and made plans to catch up again.

 After dawdling around for a few hours, shopping and organizing, we headed to "the stand" comedy club for our show. As promised I did have a meal that the coming few days would have to work really hard to beat- "duck duck goose" which was roast duck with a side of roast goose and marrow dumplings. Now that my mouth was warmed up it was ready to laugh so we headed downstairs for the show.  The show had 5 comedians; Big Jay Oakerson, Kurt Metzger, Luis Katz, Ben Bailey and Wyatt Cenac, all celebrities in North America but lost on me. However they are all famous for a reason and we didn't stop laughing the whole 2 hours except when we wanted to puke at the talk of fat smelly vaginas being rubbed over the face of a fat smelly bearded comedian. That aside I would definitely recommend doing a comedy show in NYC.

To top off the great day we went to probably the coolest place in the world- mcgees (mclarens) the bar from how I met your mother. After running around like a child looking at all of the memorabilia from the show I sat down in "the booth" that the shows booth was modelled off and enjoyed a jug of beer. The drinks menu is modelled off episode in the show like "the slutty pumpkin", "robin sparkles", and "the naked man" which just added to the amusement. After contemplating buying a commemorative t shirt for $16 (no thanks) we all went home to bed
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Aaaaaaah HIMYM booth! dammit haha

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