First things first: Thank you icalynn, rowanceleste, and aelorafor the cards! My tree is all glittery and filled with joy! I'll post pictures later. Really, I will.
In other news, I worked on Funny People last week as an extra. It was a rush call and I live 3 hours away, so I was really pushing my luck, but I made it. I believe I was the last person to catch the shuttle to set after going through wardrobe, hair and makeup. I love that part. At one point, I was surrounded: someone playing with my hair while someone else came at my chest with a huge blush brush... Good times.
Look at me, I'm fancy!
Ok, so I look exactly the same, but you can tell someone else did my hair (right,slodwick?)
We got to the holding area in time to grab a stale doughnut, take a bite, and throw it away on our way onto the set. I love craft services. The java was so strong people were treating it like instant coffee -- just add water. I went with tea.
We were shooting in a comedy club in West Hollywood. I was directed to a seat next to the stage, which was slightly behind the cameras, beside the crew. I was pleased to know that I would probably not even be in the shot, since that meant they could use me more. The people sitting with me were less excited. I realize that most people who do this work want to "be discovered". Sigh. If we're each entitled to 15 minutes of fame, my quarter-hour is for sale. Spread the word.
Jonah Hill went on stage to "warm us up". Apparently the movie is about the world of standup comedy. Adam Sandler plays a famous comic, Seth Rogen is the new kid on the block, and Jonah Hill eats with the crew. More on that later. I'm not going to spoil the movie for anyone, and also my memory is for shiznit, so I won't be sharing any jokes here. The short version: Jonah Hill is funny. Seth Rogen is very funny. The other two comedians who I had never heard of before are ok. Adam Sandler almost made me cry. With pity, not with laughter. Though he is very funny.
I was moved to the opposite corner of the room for Sandler’s routine, so that I was next to the monitors (and the crew, again). My favorite moment of the night was when Seth, seated directly behind me, shouted across the room to Adam: “Do the laughing queer! But with more finger!”
After I died laughing, we all broke for “lunch” and were shuttled over to a senior center to grab some food. I was with a few other girls, and we were among the first in line, so we wandered around the room briefly debating where to sit. Someone told us we were to sit on that side of the room – the other side was for the crew. I was like, No fraternizing with the crew! Do not cross that line! Violators will be shot! (Devlyn knows what I’m talking about with the violating…) In other words, I didn’t get it. It made a little more sense later when I saw a couple of the actors sitting down at the crew tables. Seth Rogen and Adam Sandler were likely being served in their trailers or somesuch. I kinda felt bad for the actors who had to dine with the forbidden ones.
We finished our 5-o-clock lunch in time to be told we were being released for the day. I was a bit disappointed, actually. Only partly because I was being sent home during rush hour.
The moral of the story: I got paid to go to a comedy club and watch very funny people in their element. And the drinks were free. Ok, so it was just beer-scented water in a Bud Light bottle, but it didn't cost me a cent.
That being said, it was a 15-hour day including fighting traffic to L.A. and back, and I made about $40 after gas and taxes. I am very grateful to live in a place where making less than $3/hour is not considered to be acceptable. LOL. Long story short, I probably won't be doing that again for a while, but it was fun while it lasted!