10/5/2012 9:38:00 AM
I took a cab to the airport this morning in Lethbridge and got one of those really chatty cab drivers that wanted to know all the details of who I was and why I was in Lethbridge etc. I never answer those questions... ever. Partly because I don't think it's anyone's business and certainly not a strangers but also because if you mention being a comedian people either start telling you jokes or expect to hear them. This morning was different though.
After dodging the questions several times I tried to change the topic by asking what radio station he had on. It was the CBC. He began to tell me that he loved the CBC in the mornings but always listened to CHED in the afternoons using some sort of application on his phone that he plugged into his car radio. "CHED's a talk station in Edmonton" he explained and then went on to say he never missed the afternoon news because his 2 loves in life were comedy and talk radio. Then the inevitable happened and he asked if I ever listened to CHED and had I ever seen Andrew Grose perform. I didn't know what to say.
While I thought about it he told me that I had a really funny bit about Tim Horton's. I couldn't resist. I asked him how it went. He started telling the story that I've told a thousand times complete with the voice of the Tim Horton's lady and an impression of me that I would have to say was spot on. Then I asked if he'd ever seen this Grose fellow live and he said he hadn't but he's watched him on YouTube and TV many many times. So, of course, I asked him what I looked like and he described me perfectly... if not a little kindly putting my weight at 20 pounds less than it is. That's pretty good considering TV adds 10 pounds.
Then I asked him if that was the same guy that does the bit about a bed in a bag and he lit right up. "Yes! Yes! That's him!" I began delivering some of the lines... "A sheet, fitted sheet, comforter... what am I missing?" He laughed... "a sham!" right on cue.
As we pulled up to the airport I asked does he ever come to Lethbridge? "No" he replied, "But if he ever does I'll be in the front row." We both got out of the cab and, as he handed me my change, I asked what his name was. "Roy." "Well Roy" I said, "I'm Andrew and it's been a pleasure to meet you." He looked me right in the eye and paused for a moment and then said: "You have yourself a great day Randy."