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I Wanted to be Rich and Famous Until my Mannventure with Chris Mann 

As many of my friends already know, it's about ME. I like to be front and center. I like attention. I like to make people laugh. I also thought that I wanted to be rich and famous.

And then I hung out with Chris Mann


Do you have ANY IDEA what it takes to be a pop star?

Here's how it went down. My friend Amy has a baby grand piano and she's sorta known around these interwebs. Chris Mann, is not only really funny, but he's also totally down with casual performances he can Ustream to his fans.

So, when I found out Chris would be in the DC area I pinged him on Twitter to play at Amy's house. Amy, realizing it would be the same day as her birthday and having just moved into a larger house, loved the idea.

My job, besides coming up with this crazy idea, was to get Chris to Amy's house. He's an urban dweller and used to public transportation so he was happy to take the least one way. But more on that later.

Here's what it takes to be a pop star, Chris Mann style

1. I didn't get a photo but first there is the luggage which weighed about 100 lbs. (Two words: BUY MERCH)

2. Be willing and able to read the directions to your driver who is trying to find a decent radio station because she left the Sirius in her car and her husband only listens to the Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd.

3. Own your mad MacGyver skillz because you never know when you'll have to hack together a microphone stand from a banana hammock and electrical tape.

Chris Mann doing what he does best only doing into a banana hammock.

4. Enjoy talking and talking and talking to people. Chris hugs, chats, and laughs endlessly with his fans at these events. He is also totally down with silly birthday photos.

Amy and Chris taunting people on Ustream who had lots to say about the artwork on her wall.

5. Have a good sense of humor when you miss the last metro train by 15 minutes and you can't find a cab for about 5 miles in a major metropolitan city. But you CAN get an Old Skool Ghostbuster Limo Cab. Those, apparently, will stop right away for you.

Chris Mann riding in style.

I no longer want to be rich and famous.

It took me all week to catch up on sleep from that night (I didn't get home until after 1:00 am) and I realized that Chris was going to do the same thing every night for the rest of the week! Granted, he's probably 10 years younger, doesn't have to get up with kids and all that but still. It's got to be hard.

And so I'm now content with watching that pop star live the dream, while I'm curled up on my sofa watching it all unfold on Ustream.


Reader Comments (4)

That was such a fun night. Chris was so nice. I wish him all the success in the world. And as long as I can be home by 11, I will happily cheer him on from the audience. :)

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStimey

Great post. I'm laughing hysterically. Too bad Chris doesn't have a reality show (yet). This would have been great footage.

What makes him such a great person is that he "hugs, chats, and laughs" just as you mentioned. He's not about the whole "I'm a celebrity. Please, no autographs." This MANN is going far.

And, it would be great if Chris took the banana hammock on tour with him because it too was a main attraction that night.

Great night. Great people. I enjoyed myself. Thanks so much guys!

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKeonte'

Hilaaaarious!!! I am totally cracking up at the banana stand - I had no idea! Chris was really a doll. Down to earth, smart and easy on the eyes. Speaking of eyes, did you SEE his?? *dreamy*

Thanks for helping to make this happen! Great way to celebrate Amy's birthday ;) Now, ahem, mine is in July is you want to get to work...

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJustice Fergie

i'm laughing my ass off. what a crazy night. best cab ride ever....

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterchris mann

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