Back to school! That’s been the theme of the week as I ended my string of corporate shows in St. Louis, MO on Monday and started the fall college tour. St. Louis was great. I performed for a Forbes Top 50 company and the previous week, a billion dollar IT dept. for another Fortune 500 company. I got some time while in St. Louis to visit the famous Gateway Arch. I took some photos (see them on the “Photos from the Road” Flickr set) and had some time to visit Gibbol’s, a really nice Juggling/Clown/Magic/Costume shop at the Landing.
This is the view looking straight down from the top of the St. Louis Gateway Arch
Thursday brought me to Capital University in Bexley, OH for their Orientation/Welcome Week. I really like the kids at Cap. Many of the Orientation staff were also current or former University Programming students, so I knew many of them. I think we had somewhere between 300-400 in Mees Auditorium for the show. I have video from the show, but I haven’t grabbed it out of the camera yet. I was humbled by a standing ovation from the audience.
On Friday, I visited Clarion University in Clarion, PA. Jamie at Clarion is a good friend of mine (and fellow OSUMB alum!) and she had me in for Clarion’s Welcome Week. I hung out at a BBQ outside talking to people about the show for awhile. It was there that I performed for the entire Clarion Football team (it’s okay guys, it’s not always about winning) and the Clarion International Students Club (who politely applauded after every move I made). The show was in Gemmel Student center, which I’ve compared in the past to the typical gymnasium from Back to the Future’s “Enchantment Under the Sea” Dance.
I think we got several hundred students out to the show in Clarion, and went to Eat n’ Park afterward where I predicted the time set on a watch in the kitchen and we cried laughing at a drunk patron of the restaurant.
The next morning, I drove to the Cleveland Airport to fly to Colorado for a performance at the University of Northern Colorado. I had a layover in Chicago as Barack Obama was flying out to meet Joe Biden in Springfield, IL. I caught his plane taking off!
Click the photo to enlarge it and see the flag talked about here. It was really exciting at Chicago Midway, as everyone on my flight to Denver was on their way to the Democratic National Convention, including a State Senator from Louisiana Chicago Tribune Jounralists, and several Obama staffers. Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, it was really exciting as the plane was buzzing with energy and friendliness. The flight attendant sang to us.
The show at th University of Northern Colorado was great. The town smells like cow-poop, but other than that, it’s a really nice city. Very modern feeling for being out amongst so many ranches. I was surprised to arrive to 1,000 chairs set up!
The UNC Program Council (which was AWESOME, btw), told me that their events so far had been very heavily attended so they were expecting a full house. And BOY did they deliver! By 8pm, the seats were filled will more standing in the back!
The show went very well and the crowd was very enthusiastic and fun. I was once again humbled by a standing ovation of the more than 1,000 students in attendance. I really appreciate it. It makes me happy that people enjoy what I do. It makes all this travel worth it for sure. PLUS – UNC gave me a scarf and a football hackey sack!
That’s all for right now. I’m exhausted, but I finally get to head home today and will be home for 3 days! Next week, I travel to Kokomo, Indiana, Paxton, MA, Cleveland, OH and then its off to West Palm Beach, FL then Philly!
Peace, love and Obama,