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After hundreds of shows, the most memorable are . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2546: I’m posting late today because, oh joy, I’ve been on airplanes since early this morning, flying from Philadelphia to Missoula. Yesterday’s show at Rowan College at Gloucester County was my last for this school year. Next year will be my twelfth of speaking at colleges. When you’ve performed hundreds of shows as I have, some just blend in with others and some I’ll never forget.

Off the top of my head, three of the more memorable shows include: A performance in Washington, DC, where someone started a fire making popcorn, and we had to stop the show temporarily to air-out the room; a show in Rapid City, SD, where a blizzard shut down the entire town, stranding me in a seedy hotel for three days, as pot smoke wafted through the hallways from rooms of other stranded occupants; and a show in California, where the screen would automatically rise into the ceiling every twenty minutes or so.

Today’s photo is from a college tour in Arizona. To-date that state gets the prize for the most unforgettable show, because of the difficulty I had concentrating on my performance while two beautiful women did their best to distract me by making out hot and heavy in the front row of the auditorium. Admittedly, they got me to stammer a few times—but I pulled the show off without any major errors.

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