Sunday, June 28, 2009

Andrew Lawrence

When young attractive student go traveling abroad either two things appear to happen.  One, they have the most terrifying experiences where a psychotic killer is after them to torture and kill them. Second, they have this ridiculous time where impossibly silly and bizarre events occur throughout their trip that can only be out of a movie.  These are two examples of movie plots from different films. These stories are elaborated truths which can potential happen but never in such a funny or terrifying fashion.


Vicky Christina Barcelona the tale of the two ladies is not as extreme as other traveling and youth seen in film.  Yet, theirs is a story of a progression of fortunate experiences that are surreal especially when compared to my stay in London. Throughout the movie I keep thinking, “wow I wish I can have a experience like that”, and also thinking at the same time “yeah right that really happens to people?” I haven’t meant a gorgeous stranger who swept me away and had a fabulous time together. However we really never what could happen to us tomorrow.  I guess if Woody Allen were to put my stay in London it wouldn’t be as exciting or appealing as Vicky and Christina.  I guess it is not really my story that is interesting or Vicky and Christina’s but the experiences. My experience in London has been the thrilling and exciting although not as sexy as Vicky and Christina.  Mr. Allen told an interesting tale that had humor and realness than any other traveling movie I’ve seen.


Although I haven’t met my handsome and foreign stranger at this point in my summer, I’m looking forward to meeting new people, experiences the culture of London and have a great experience all together.  It makes me think of the uncertainty that is life. Nothing is for certain we’ll never know for absolute about anything, even our own feelings. Without those uncertainties I think life would be pretty boring. 






















There was nothing pleasant about the Pleasance Theatre where we went to watch a British comedian named Andrew Lawrence.  The unpleasant heat of the room kept me distracted from paying attention to the comedian.  The heat was a major problem for the audience and the comedian.  At one point in the show Andrew mentioned how hot it was in the room.  During the show two audience members had to leave the room because of the high temperature.  I know it bothered me and I’m sure it had to have bothered the comedian.  I’ve noticed that most places in London have been very hot since there seems to be no central air.  Other than the unbearable heat of the tiny compacted room I enjoyed listening to him.  I’ve only been to one comedy club in San Diego and the set up was different.  In San Diego there were tables and a two-drink minimum.  Perhaps American comedians need their audience to be drunk in order for them to think they are funny. There was nothing like that in the Pleasance Theatre. It was very small and compacted. 

 I didn’t understand some of his jokes and noticed it especially when other around me was laughing and I was not probably because of the cultural differences. He didn’t tell “jokes” but went on rants with lots of dirty references and swearing.  British humor is definitely different than American humor.  Americans like toilet humor, and jokes about stereotypes and the obvious observations.  Andrew Lawrence made us think out of the box.  He mentioned something at the end of the show that really stuck.  He talked about the uncertainty of life and how it that makes life worth living.  What’s the fun in knowing everything that going to happen?  We need to accept the fact that life is uncertain and embrace it and allow the changes.  He said that he usually ends his show with his guitar and a song, however that evening he forgot to bring his guitar and we missed the song finale, which I wished I hadn’t missed.     


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