Grocery Store Openings

March 5, 2010

“Do everything. Do grocery store openings. Do anything and everything” was Jimmy Fallon’s advice to an audience member trying to get into comedy at yesterday’s Interview at the Soho Apple Store. He talked about his childhood, doing impressions in front of the mirror and acting out skits with his sister. A little known fact that I found out later was that even though Fallon was born in Brooklyn, his family moved to Saugerties, NY only a short distance from my house in the country! He spoke about his first gig which was inspired by a troll doll and took place at Bananas in Poughkeepsie, NY. Obviously his hard work has paid off, being the host of a late night TV show, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, having acted in a number of movies including Almost Famous and Fever Pitch, and a member of the infamous Saturday Night Live.

Questlove is the drummer for The Roots, who are now the house band for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. From Philadelphia, his family has ties to Doo-Wop, with his father being Lee Andrews of Lee Andrews and the Hearts, so he grew up around music and has been playing the drums onstage since he was seven!Β I felt an instant warmth from both of them and the admiration in the room was glowing.

During the interview, Questlove and Fallon spoke about a number of topics, and answered questions from the audience. These men work hard for their success and their following is vast. They told us of their journey, and I came away from it inspired and blessed to have heard their stories.

After the discussion was over, instead of walking off the stage and going straight to their towncars waiting outside, even as the ushers were trying to get them to leave, both Fallon and Questlove stayed and talked to their fans, took pictures with everyone who asked them, signed every autograph and listened to every person who stopped them to tell a story about how they’ve influenced their lives. Being there and watching them interact with the people who so eagerly gave up their Thursday evening to watch them, not only restored my faith in the celebrity icon, but reminded me that the road to success and the path to following your dreams, although sometimes filled with stones, is worth what you need to do to get yourself to where you want to be. Even if, and especially, when it starts with grocery store openings.

I loved that they loved to laugh πŸ˜€

They were so sweet I even got photos with both of them πŸ™‚


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