my city : Blair Socci
Blair Socci (like Sake) : comedian, actress, writer
I meet up with Blair after work at her East Village apt. We hit the streets real quick to try and grab some shots of her before the sun sets while simultaneously navigating to happy hour. Blair raves about Mermaid Inns Happy hour since they have cheap drinks, food & oysters. I don't ask but I assume this reminds her of home, I kind of have started to figure out when something reminds her of home now. We stop for photos, get caught in the rain and don't make it to happy hour. Or to anything we are supposed to today.
Blair is from California and a self proclaimed book nerd & tomboy. She used to compete in surf competitions and played volley ball for UCLA. After college she worked as a commercial real estate broker, "It's the finance of the West Coast. It was grueling, everyday up and out 6am, wore a suit, did the corporate grind. I would go to an office and cold call for hours..one day Im sitting there thinking there's got to be more to life than this and quit on my 25th birthday".
She came to NYC to pursue her M.F.A in Creative Writing/Fiction at the New School. She started her comedy career in NYC after a pretty bad breakup. "I felt like nothing else could get worse, I gave it a try and put myself out there." Shortly after she graduated with her MFA, took her half finished novel and put it to the side to really focus on comedy.
We talk about work and our current grinds. How hard it is to virtually be working two full-time jobs. Currently she works a full-time job, plus overtime. She takes 3 classes a week; a script class, sketch at UCB and acting class, as well as doing comedy in one form or another everyday.
After dinner we need to get moving to the next mic at Beauty Bar.
On our way to the mic we stop in at Moishe's Bake shop. Even though this is her night I ask if we can stop to get a cookie to bring home to my husband. "Sure..Im not big on sweets. But go ahead." I always find that real foodies and people that love food, the people that can tell you the best pasta, pizza, sandwich spots etc, never like sweets? Why? Why is this?
Moishes reminds her of a story about an Orthodox comedian friend of hers and she goes on with the story as we enter the store. The women working the shop notice my camera so I ask them if its ok to photograph. I quickly blurt out that we're not tourists and Blair's a comedian that Im photographing today. Like most of the nights encounters the focus quickly shifts and my camera is forgotten...they want to know about Blair. "Oh so you're a comedian?" the woman behind the counter asks. Blair replies shyly "Yes". The woman quickly asks her "what's the joke of the day?" Blair starts dying laughing and says "My Face". Everyone in the shop starts laughing. We get our cookies and continue to Beauty Bar.
We catch up with some more comedians, have some laughs and she jokes about her lunch date. The other day she wanted to appear dainty in front of the guy so only ate half her sandwich. She asked for the rest to go and the moment she got in her apt started eating the other half. The comics that are listening quickly jump in telling her to turn it into a bit, it's funny. "I'm just trying to talk about lunch & my date" is her response.
Blair's New York
Moonstruck Diner: late night nachos. Ground beef and jalepenos. Their the dirtiest nachos ever, you can never eat them with a guy.
Washington Square Park & Tompkins Park
Num Pang: best sandwich in NY. Get the spiced glazed pork belly. I tell everyone that comes to NY to go there. Everything is good, but the porkbelly is the best
Macdougal Street: the whole block, the vibe, the history. I can walk by there and it's the best comedy in the world and it just inspires me.
Kabin: every Thursday. I stop by after whatever mics or shows I have and will probably drink too much.
Creek and the Cave: I guess every comic will say this place. But yeah the Creek.
Forcella (Pizza): My Dad only let's me eat thin crust, cause he makes his own pizza. Oh and they cut it in big squares.
Coopers: I like all the beer choices
Joes Pizza (on Carmine): a relationship of mine with an ex lasted longer than it should have cause of that pizza place
I have way too many pizza places right? Wait how many do I have again?
Fiores: add that too