1/26) When we were in the 11th grade, my friends were getting high in a park when Bill Nye pulls into the parking lot. We thought it'd be funny to go ask him how to make bombs.
He said that he would love to 'show us how to blow ourselves up'. Can't say I blame him for that.
2/26) Robin Williams was an awesome guy.
17 years ago, my Dad's dad killed my grandma and then himself in a drunken rage. We held a massive service at the church my dad's mom attended in San Francisco. It was obviously a hard night for my dad. My parents stayed late in the city to clean things up and spend time with family. It was about 2:30 AM when we finally started making our way home, but before leaving the city, my dad wanted to stop and get a doughnut at some random doughnut shop we passed by. We all went inside, and lo and behold, Mr. Robin Williams was there, sitting in a booth eating a couple doughnuts and drinking some coffee. He noticed our well dressed, solemn looking crew walk in, and pretty quickly after we sat down to eat the delicious treats, he came walking over. Now, I admit fully that I do not remember what he said to us, but I do remember what he looked like and I remember him Introducing himself as Robin (Which is my aunts name, I think thats why it caught my attention). He ended up joining my family at our table and (as my Dad always said) he just started making pleasant conversation, which quickly turned in to him making my parents smile, and soon after he had us all laughing. I couldn't tell you what they laughed about, but I remember seeing my parents laugh and smile for the first time in weeks. My dad remembered that so fondly. He always said it was exactly what he had needed in that time, and that he appreciated the way Robin Williams went about it. It wasn't that he was a celebrity, he was just being a nice guy who saw a bunch of sad folks and realized he could probably make a difference. And he did. I loved hearing my dad tell that story because you could tell that moment meant a lot to him. I'm sad he felt the need to go.
3/26) Threw up on Arnold Schwarzenegger's foot outside a restaurant. His response was an immediate: "Its ok kid, I throw up every time I eat here too." His wife then proceeded to run inside and grab me water and a bit of bread to settle my stomach. They were both incredibly nice about it all.
4/26) I spoke with Larry David when they were filming Curb Your Enthusiam in NYC a few years ago. He is exactly like he portrays himself on his show. He ended our conversation with "I think we're good here."
5/26) I met Jimmy Fallon during a showing of The Book of Mormon musical. Some friends and I had amazing seats during the first month of its initial run in NYC and during intermission we noticed that Jimmy Fallon was directly behind us. My friend is ballsy as can be and just struck up a conversation with him which I of course wanted in on. First thing I noticed is he is much taller than I had expected. He was at least 6' and his face was a bit huskier than what it appears on television. He also has a deeper more gravelly voice too. His face was caked in makeup so I imagine he had just finished up filming his show.
He was polite and we got a picture with him but I could tell he really wasn't interested in talking with us. That was until we told him that we were former LDS missionaries.