The Order

We’ve been wanting to create this video since we ended our road-trip in December. This is the order in which we visited every State, Province, and Territory in Canada and the United States as controlled by YOU, the followers of alexandluke.com.

Enjoy,
alex and luke.

PS: The First Band/Person to create a YouTube video of them covering the song used in this video gets an alexandluke.com prize.

#NewYork From Our Guest Blogger’s Perspective

Posted on May 13th, 2010 in New York,Suggestions,Twitter,YouTube by alex

Our stay in New York has been accurately summed up by our friend and former roommate Liam in this stunning tell-all interview:

Liam was right. We did spend a lot of time in Manhattan “studying the city,” proof of which can be seen in this brief video:

And finally, nobody is more succinct and to the point about our time spent in New York than the mighty Quinn:

In all seriousness, our days in New York were only successful because of the generosity of the Cox family who allowed us to come and go as we pleased, use their fridge, bbq, shower, internet and washing machine, ride their bikes and play with their dogs, children, and toys. We were able to save money by not staying in hotels (which are SO expensive in New York City) and we had plenty of time and space to catch up on our video editing and correspondence. It was a great few days, so thank you to the Cox’s and to everyone who contributed suggestions. We can honestly say that we love NY!

To finish this post off, I have added the following notes kept by our guest bloggers, Liam and Quinn, about our stay at their house. I have not edited this in the slightest. Here is what they observed as transcribed by their secretary (and mother) Anne Cox:

Liam’s Notes:

FUN
They are fun to play with on bikes.
Luke likes playing Legos.
Alex is our Aunt.
Luke is Alex’s friend which is sort of like an Uncle, but not really.
Luke has a beard.
Alex looks like a regular lady.
Luke does not like bread.
Alex has jewelry.

Quinn’s Note’s

Luke looks like a girl. (With a beard – added by Liam)
Alex looks tall.
I had fun with Luke.
Alex bought me candy corn.

“I’ll have the Comedy Three-Ways with a side of noodles.”

Posted on May 10th, 2010 in New York by alex

Countless suggestions were offered during our time in New York City, but the three that stood out were all comedy related. So, over the course of three days we attended three different comedy shows.

First stop – The Upright Citizens Brigade for some sketch comedy. Located at W 26th street, The UCB is all about offering quality comedy shows and classes for a good price (even the beer is affordable at 3 bucks a bottle!). When you think of sketch comedy in New York City, you probably think of Saturday Night Live, but if you want to see the writers and performers just before they go on to work for SNL (Amy Poehler was one of the founders of the UCB) without having to stand in line for hours on a Saturday night, you should definitely check out this theatre. Though the show suffered from the odd awkward unsuccessful joke here and there, the writing was generally clever, the actors were confident, and the venue was (in Luke’s words) “groovy”.

On day two we managed to get tickets for a taping of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. These tickets are free, but the hitch is that you have to stand in line for over two hours in order to secure your reservation. This wasn’t actually a problem for us, as it was a beautiful day and we met some great gals from New Jersey in line (hi Susan and Jill!). Attending a show taping is an experience in itself, and it’s certainly a different way to take in comedy. It was all done in a single take, and though they had a staff member waiting in the wings to force it out of you, our laughter was completely unprompted because The Daily Show is incredibly well written and Jon is a delight. All in all, it was a fun and novel way to spend an afternoon in New York City.

Finally, on our last evening in the city we went down to Greenwich Village for some stand-up at the Comedy Cellar. A more traditional way to take in some comedy, stand-up in the village is relatively inexpensive ($10 cover plus two drinks), much more intimate, and not a good place to take a mistress (as the ring-wearing German business man sitting next to us learned when the comedian started questioning him about his date). If you are lucky, you can catch really big names at the Comedy Cellar. Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Wanda Sykes, Dave Chappelle (you get the point) are all names that have been on the Comedy Cellar roster, and sometimes they just show up for a set unplanned. This place has mastered the stand-up comedy formula: great atmosphere, two shows a night, impressive talent, all located in a great NY neighbourhood.

In between our comedy experiences we walked the city, sat in the park, had a few celebrity sightings, took in some art, enjoyed some world class window browsing and ate lots of good food. Your food suggestions were great – in fact the two times we didn’t take a suggestion for food we had terrible experiences – lesson learned. We will have a video up soon showing snippets of the rest of our time in the Big Apple.

Thanks to everyone for your NY NY suggestions!