The rain started shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve. Hours earlier, my wife and I left our umbrella in the car when we arrived for First Night Knoxville. To make matters worse, I was wearing my favorite suede jacket, a souvenir from Warner Bros. Studios. We raided some trash cans to improvise rain ponchos for ourselves.
Like last year and the year before, our two Einstein Simplified shows went well. During the late show, I found myself off my feet in several of the games. Two kids from the audience volunteered to play Animatronics. They controlled Paul Simmons and me as if we were action figures. In the scene, we were having a paintball battle.
There was a capacity crowd for the 10:45 p.m. show and an overflow crowd for the 8:30 p.m. show. Between the two shows, we performed for almost 1,000 people. Our challenge is to get them to come to our weekly shows at The Square Room. We’re there Tuesday nights at 8:30 p.m.