I thought quoting this classic from The Boss would be perfect for this post, Modern Philosophers, given that it’s about today’s special High School Edition of The Nite Show With Danny Cashman.
I have been a writer for The Nite Show for almost two full seasons, and today’s taping had to be the liveliest and most enthusiastic I’ve ever attended. Held at The Gracie Theatre on the campus of Husson University, the taping catered to high school students who are planning to attend NESCom.
NESCom is the New England School of Communications, which is part of Husson, and the show’s crew is made up of NESCom students.
I know this isn’t the best photo, but standing to Joe’s left is the high school student who gave him a hand with his sidekick duties.
The audience was made up almost entirely of high school students decked out in Husson/NESCom tee shirts, and they were an enthusiastic bunch.
They absolutely roared when Danny came out on stage to do the opening monologue.
When there was a technical problem that led to Danny’s having to come back out and start the show again, the audience cheered even louder.
I was impressed and amazed. Part of me, Modern Philosophers, worried that these high school kids weren’t going to be into the show and would just sit there bored and staring at their phones the whole time.
I have never been so happy to be wrong. These teens were totally into it, and acted as if this was the most exciting thing they’d ever seen. I was thrilled to be a part of the buzz in the Gracie, and especially loved the way they laughed when Danny told one of my jokes.
Here is another shot of the NESCom crew hard at work. They really do such a wonderful job that it’s hard to remember that they are only college students, and not seasoned pros.
Danny’s first guest was Nick Danby, a nationally ranked high school debater and future Presidential candidate. Nick was a hoot and had the audience laughing while also keeping Danny on his toes.
After Nick’s visit, we were entertained by the Unified Harmony Show Choir doing songs and a dance routine from Wicked.
They were very talented and really lit up the stage. Of course, those green shirts certainly helped with that last part.
All in all, it was a great day at the Gracie, and one of the more enjoyable editions of The Nite Show this season.
Maybe hopping in the old time machine and taking a trip back to high school wouldn’t be so bad after all.
Then I’d just relax and enjoy the show.
“We just sit around, talking about the old times. She says when she feels like crying, she starts laughing thinking about…glory days.” — Bruce Springsteen, Glory Days