The Square Room is one of the nicer venues that Einstein Simplified has played during my time with the group. We opened for Leanne Morgan on Saturday night, as the final event of the International Biscuit Festival. Shortly after I judged the Most Original Biscuit Bake-Off, I went up to the second floor of The Square Room to change clothes for the comedy show.
The dressing room was spectacular, with nice chairs and two bunk beds. Or do you count the four mattresses? I got a text from my wife telling me that the rest of the group had been ushered to our “green room” on the third floor. Oops! I mistakenly thought that the headliner’s dressing room was ours. The other guys were in a conference room that overlooked Market Square.
They let the group members order anything on the Café 4 menu up to $15. When Greg Huff ordered the $12.50 chicken and waffles, I flashed back to my visits to Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘n Waffles in Hollywood and Pasadena. I almost ordered the same thing but chose the $15 lobster mac and cheese instead. Calories be damned. Lobster has always been my favorite food. There were some seriously big chunks of lobster meat hidden under the pasta.
The improv gig went well. Performing before a sold-out house is exciting and energizing. Leanne did a great show with many local references and stories about her kids. Several of her jokes are about diet and exercise. She talked about how tiny Beth Haynes is. She also mentioned CrossFit Ktown and dared us to look for her before-picture in the Paleo Challenge, which she won. After all the great foods I enjoyed on Saturday, I need to be very careful about what I eat for a while.