Friday, March 8, 2013

Pete & Pete/Blog Reunion

Me, here, typing and you, there, reading—it’s like a reunion! Anyway, it’s great to see you again. You look amazing! Are you married? How many kids do you have now? Seen any interesting Boy Meets World re-runs lately?

Aaaaahh…it’s exciting to see each other again, right? But let’s just calm ourselves for a moment—we’ll have plenty of time to catch up and high-five later.

Speaking of reunions, though, I went to an Adventures of Pete and Pete reunion in San Francisco in January. It was the culmination of so many years of fandom for me and obviously awesome because of that, but the whole thing was so incredible that my boyfriend, who had never seen an episode of the erstwhile Nickelodeon kids show before that night, loved it.

Instead of a Q&A session, the cast (Artie, both Petes, and Endless Mike) did a reading of a few of the episodes. The dude from Polaris (the band that performed the opening theme “Hey Sandy” as well as the closing theme “Waiting for October”) provided musical accompaniment/big hair.

Mike Maronna (Pete the Elder) and Danny Tamberelli (Pete the Younger) seemed like buddies, which I—a person who likes to think that the actors on all my favorite shows are BFFs in real life and have ice cream socials on the weekends—really appreciated.

 They called two audience members on stage and let them read the roles of Mr. Tastee and Ellen (Alison Fanelli, who was Ellen on the show, is a doctor now and was prob like operating on brains so she couldn’t come).

I was super surprised to see Rick Gomez (who is on Justified, which I LOVE!). I’m probably going to name my first-born, second-born, and third-born sons Endless Mike. Yeah, Endless Mike or Rick Gomez. Haven't decided yet.

Toby Huss told this long-winded story about how he came up with the Artie character—something about sex and some woman he was about to sex up and role-play, I don’t know. It made me uncomfortable.

The biggest surprise of the night was that Colin Hanks, Doug Benson, James Urbaniak, and Paget Brewster showed up (if you don't know who any of these people are, you don't watch enough television...STOP READING SO MANY BOOKS/HAVING AN ACTIVE AND REWARDING SOCIAL LIFE, YOU NERD!) and joined the reading. (This reunion was part of SF Sketchfest, so there were a lot of actors in the city.)

And just when I thought that the night couldn’t be any better, I ate a really good cheeseburger.  


Harry M said...


Una LaMarche said...

I'm so glad you're back, and blogging about the Greatest Nickelodeon Show of Our Time. This isn't quite as awesome, but I went to a Reading Rainbow event and LaVar Burton did an a cappella version of the theme song with the lady who originally sang it on the show. I might have teared up a little.

P.S. I went to HS with Mike Maronna. It remains my most legitimate claim to coolness.

-A.F. said...

OMG It's like my dreams came true and I was too asleep to notice!

Kirsten said...


kold_kadavr_ flatliner said...

Dont ya wanna see'm in Seventh-Heaven?
...rather than the nasty realm?