I am working hard to finish this post. Why? Because I am going to a taping of The Colbert Report this evening. Am I excited? Does the Rooker-Feldman doctrine prohibit lower federal courts from sitting in direct review of state court decisions?? (Note to Prospective Students: If you get that reference, then I urge you to put down the books and enjoy your last fleeting moments of law-less, carefree existence…)

I will get to see Stephen T. Colbert live in the flesh, providing his satiric take on current events.  It will be my first celebrity sighting since I saw fellow-NYUer Haley Joel Osment getting dunked on at Coles Gymnasium a month ago. Oh, I witnessed a rare Mos Def-Talib Kweli reunion concert. I saw a nude Daniel Radcliffe (a.k.a Harry Potter) stabbing out horse eyes in Equus. I even worked (with the attorneys of) Lady GaGa. (Well, it was mostly helping my summer office-mate at Estée Lauder review personal services agreements, but still–LADY GAGA!)

But spontaneous, on-the-street run-ins with the New York Elite? Not so much. I have been here for years, and the biggest person I saw recently was Dean Winters. Yeah, I had to link to his IMDB page just so you would know who he is.

Outside Colbert Report

I should probably look happier about scoring free tickets to a TV show taping

My time in New York started off well. In the summer of 2008, I witnessed New York Yankees Third Baseman Alex Rodriguez crossing Park Avenue. Since this was before he won a World Series with the Yankees, the locals greeted him by shouting “You Suck A-Rod!” Later that week, I saw former Mets “great” Daryl Strawberry inexplicably signing baseballs at a Best Buy while I was shopping for a USB cable.

But since? Nothing. The other day, I thought I saw Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Turned out to be a deli worker.

So I demand of you NYU Law: Make good on your (implicit) promise of copious celebrity sightings. Sure, you may get Sandra Day O’Connor or Michael Bloomberg to speak at the school. But they never make it onto TMZ! I want Lindsay Lohan or the Olsen Twins!

UPDATE: I had a lot fun at the Colbert Report taping. It was St. Patrick’s Day, so there were a good number of drunk people in the audience–making the environment a bit raucous. Stephen came out and answered audience questions before the show. And at one point, I even thought we made eye contact!

This entry was written by and posted on April 02, 2010.
The entry was filed under these categories: Law and Pop Culture, New York City, Off Hours Fun

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2 comments on “I’m in New York: So Where Are the Celebrities?
  1. Arnold Smith says:

    Sounds like you should get off campus even more before heading out to San Fran – gotta have stories to tell the new co-workers!

  2. Great post Sean. i love paddy’s day, nearly here now :). I look forward to attending NYU next semister, might see you there. Cheers!

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