On March 9th, I went to the taping of Comedy Central’s Roast of Donald Trump at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. There were dozens of news sources covering the event…and then there was me, a 27-year-old man child. Instead of doing cookie cutter interviews I decided to go rogue and see what type of situations I could get into with an all-access VIP pass to the gold carpet, taping of the show and after-party all courtesy of AXE Hair. Good thing I had my camera because the night was a whirlwind of booze, comedy and celebrities. I’d also like to say I was having one of my best hair nights in a while thanks to AXE which made my drunken celebrity stalking much more easier. Face it, how you gonna arrest a guy with “girl approved hair”?
I left COED’s office around 4:30 pm and headed up to the Manhattan Center. After checking into the Gold Carpet celebrities started pouring in. It was very interesting to see paparazzi in action. Those people are friggin’ animals! They will yell just about anything to get a celebrity to look directly at their camera. These guys had $4,000 Nikon set-ups and I was armed with my Blackberry, $150 Canon point and shoot and Flip Cam so it’s safe to say that I took my role as “press” a little less seriously.
The Gold carpet was cool, literally it was like 37 degrees, and Seth MacFarlane totally blew my request to give COED’s Facebook fans a shout out in his Stewie voice so I was looking forward to getting inside the show to booze.
What to say about the show itself? AWESOME! I love comedy shows and this was about as good as it gets (just read the Tweet chatter #TrumpRoast if you don’t believe me). The Donald came out in a mini hummer and made it rain (with real money) on the crowd. The Situation almost got booed off the stage until Jeff Ross came up and saved his ass, he was a good sport, though. Everyone ripped Larry King for being old. Snoop Dogg actually lit up a blunt on stage! There were probably 50 cops in the building so I don’t understand how he didn’t get arrested.
After the show I went rogue and snuck up on stage to mingle with the celebrities, which was cool. Here’s what I learned, Gilbert Godfried might be the most awkward person on Earth, watch this video I shot of him and The Situation. Trump might have the biggest bodyguard on Earth. Snoop-a-Loop loves to mingle with normal people, he literally took pictures and talked to every single person who came up to him, including me, yeah I’m a douche.
The after party took place at Gotham Hall, one of the nicest event spaces on New York City. Trump truly spares no expense when it comes to “wowing” people and the set-up of the Hall proved this. The lighting alone was pretty breathtaking.
Cass from Guyism.com and I got to the party and immediately headed to the bar to take the special shots of the night called “The Trump Tower” which consisted of Stoli Vanilla, White Creme de Cacao and Goldschlager. If I could figure out what the hell White Creme de Cacao is and where to buy it I might actually make “Trump Towers” on my own because they were delicious. We went over to the AXE Hair photobooth and took some pics. Even got to shoot the sh*t with Ice T and Coco for a bit while we waited in line. I know this is going to sound crazy, but I think Coco wanted to make out with me. I swear it’s because I was having the ultimate hair day thanks to AXE Hair, no joke!