If you asked me to pick my absolute favorite show of all time, The Adventures of Pete and Pete would be a top contender. The series aired from 1993-1996, when I was in 5th - 7th grade. It was right around that time that my peers started to become more concerned about being "popular," when I had to make a decision: Try to suppress the weirdness and fit in, or embrace my eccentricities in the hopes that I'd one day find a group of wonderfully bizarre friends, just like Little Pete had.
Oddly enough, not too long after the show ended its run was when I started to hang out with the people who would become some of my best friends in high school, and many of those friendships endured to this day (heck, I even wound up marrying one of them!). Amazingly enough, I found an equally weird and wonderful group of people in college as well. I didn't realize it until fairly recently, but that show was instrumental in reminding me that it was ok to be a little bit odd, and without it I may not have formed such amazing friendships.
Now on to the REALLY cool part of this post: About a month ago I wrote about how excited I was to find video of the Pete & Pete reunion that happened in LA back in November. Well, within days of writing that post, I found out that a second reunion was planned in NYC on February 24! By the time I found out about it, the show was already sold out, but I was one of the suckers who decided it was worth it to spend triple the face value of the (originally pretty cheap, thank goodness!) tickets on StubHub.
Totally worth it. Glen and I got there really early and were right at the beginning of the line. That meant we were right up front for the panel, which began with a performance by none other than The Blowholes!
Marshall Crenshaw (the meterman) and Syd Straw (Miss Fingerwood) joined Little Pete (Danny Tamberelli) in playing the show's theme song, "Hey Sandy," as well as "Waiting for October." So amazing! (Click the links on the song titles to see the actual performances - some folks uploaded video from the reunion to YouTube!)
I tried to get a shot of the whole cast and crew, but we were so close that I couldn't fit everyone in:
|Hardy Rawls, Chris Viscardi, Danny Tamberelli, Michael Maronna, Will McRobb, Toby Huss (Artie!!!) and Katherine Dieckmann|
|Judy Grafe, Hardy Rawls, Chris Viscardi, Danny Tamberelli|
And here's Toby Huss, presumably discussing some aspect of the character of Artie that would have scarred me for life if I'd heard it when I was a kid:
|Michael Maronna, Will McRobb, Toby Huss, Katherine Dieckmann, Alison Fanelli|
I also got a few autographs. Sadly, neither of the Petes signed my DVD, but I got their "parents" to sign it!
The only thing that could have possibly made the evening better is if they'd served Orange Lazarus to the crowd. ;-)
Any other Pete and Pete fans out there? What were your favorite episodes? I don't think I could pick a current favorite, every time I try to decide I think of another amazing episode. But during the show's original run I think I would have gone with "Sick Day," for no better reason than my amusement at Little Pete spending an entire episode with a marshmallow shaped like President Eisenhower up his nose. ;-)