Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center
Near the front of Rockefeller Center in New York City. This year's Christmas Tree is being set up at the right!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Adventures in New York City Part 15- The Ed Sullivan Theater

The Ed Sullivan Theater has been around since 1936.  When we stopped by briefly we felt like it would be bigger.  It was nice, but it had a very humble feel.

Still, the place is so historic.  The Beatles US debut was there, and Letterman did his show there for over 20 years.

Speaking of Letterman...I always loved the guy.  At his best, he was unbeatable.  He was quick witted and original.  Some of the newer guys who have popped up, in my opinion, have nothing on Dave.

We walked by the theater and took a couple of pictures.  There was a guy nearby trying to sell us comedy club tickets.  This was a tough sell, as I don't think I have ever paid more than a few bucks to go to a comedy club.  AND, if you go to comedy clubs often, you will eventually get tickets for next to nothing, if not for free.  We politely tried to end our conversation with the comedy club employee by telling him that we did not come to New York City to spend time at the local comedy club.

We walked around the corner and saw the Hello Deli!  We looked in the window, and we were very excited to see Rupert Jee!  We had to go in and say hello!

In case you were never able to catch Rupert on Letterman....  Dave would do this funny bit where the two of them would go out in public.  Dave would be hidden in a car watching and listening to Rupert.  Rupert had an ear piece in where he could hear Dave, and Dave would tell Rupert what to do and say.  I swear, TV has never been funnier.  Rupert was the perfect innocent, straight faced guy for Dave to pull these pranks with and I still crack up thinking about it.

So, we walk in to the Hello Deli and Rupert was so pleasant.  We each got our picture taken with him, and he signed a business card for me.  I bought a shirt and we headed back down the road.

We agreed that this was the highlight of our trip.

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