Stapler meets Kate Flannery at ‘The Lampshades’ show
Hello, Jennie! I had another nice fan encounter with a cast member from The Office!
After getting to meet Angela Kinsey at URI on April 25th, one week later I got to see Kate Flannery in her comedy lounge act, The Lampshades, in Los Angeles! I was in L.A. for a weekend visit with a friend, and made seeing Kate’s show a priority during my stay. I checked her website and was happy to learn that The Lampshades perform at IO West on Hollywood Boulevard on the first Saturday of the month … just when I’d be in town!
So I called IO West a few days before my trip to reserve tickets, and I have to say that the staff there was so nice! They filled me in on the different improv groups that would be performing that night, gave me a tip about getting a good seat at the later shows, and told me about the $4 valet parking (great deal!). The theater is fairly small so you feel like the performers are putting on a show right in your living room!
The first improv group we saw was The 313, featuring Larry Joe Campbell from According to Jim and Keegan Michael Key from MadTV. I was looking forward to seeing Beer Shark Mice at 9 pm, because David Koechner (Todd Packer from The Office) is one of the featured performers, but he wasn’t in the show that night. Darn!
That group did feature Neil Flynn though, the Janitor from Scrubs! To start off their improv routine, they asked for suggestions of a “place that would fit on this stage.” I shouted out “a cubicle in an office!” and they used my idea as the basis for their show that night! I got to talk to Neil after the show and he posed for a picture with me.
But then it was 10 pm and time for Kate’s show. It was outrageous! She and Scot Robinson put on a hilarious music and comedy show and her character, Kassie Chew, makes you completely forget about Meredith!
I had seen her coming into the theater through the front entrance before the show, so I waited in the lobby/bar area after the show. When she came by, I said hello and introduced myself, mentioning that I had just met Angela last week. She said “Oh, you’re the one …” That threw me for a minute, wondering what she meant. Then I remembered that I had sent her an e-mail saying I’d be catching her show and I had attached the picture of me with Angela.
We chatted for a few minutes and I told her I thought she was completely under utilized on The Office. I hadn’t yet seen “Casual Friday,” but she mentioned that I’d see plenty of her in that episode!
She posed for a picture with me and just like all the other cast members I’ve met, she was just so nice! Very friendly and approachable, taking the time to talk for a few minutes.
So I’m up to six cast members that I’ve met so far! Would have been seven if David Koechner was there that night …