`Q’ BLOGGERS: Nicky & Rod

Aug 17

As our week of Avenue Q guest blogging comes to a close, we get not one but TWO bloggers today. Again, many thanks to the touring Q company for playing along and to the kind folks at SHN/Best of Broadway for setting the guest bloggers in motion.

First up is Nicky, an easy-going, well-intentioned dude who is perfectly OK about his roommate, Rod, being a formerly closeted gay Republican.

“Hey there, Nicky here. I’m having a nice time here in San Francisco. I’m crashing in Rod’s hotel room. We’re staying in this cool place that has a murphy bed, so that’s a nice change from the couch that I’m used to. I’m on a budget so I’ve taken to going shopping with Rod. I carry his shopping bags for a small fee, namely room and board. After spending almost all our time in the Castro, I’m beginning to wonder if San Francisco has anything else to offer other than leather and rainbow flags. Say, if I reach the end of a rainbow flag, do I find a pot of gold? Does it belong to a gay leprechaun? Just curious.

Anyway, I think Rod’s getting a little frustrated with me hanging around him all the time, all the guys he tries to cruise seem to think that we’re together so he’s coming up empty handed, so to speak. I give him another day, then maybe he’ll send me off with an allowance and I can check some stuff out. I could always go to the Haight and ask for change. I want to see the herd of buffalo in Golden Gate Park and check out the Penny Arcade near where the seals hang out on the rocks. I also want to ride one of the famous Cable Cars here. So much to do and so little time.

Peace and Love, Nicky”

Puppeteer extraordinaire Christian Anderson brings Nicky to life on the Avenue Q tour.

Now here’s a missive from Nicky’s roommate, Rod, who once claimed he had a girlfriend in Canada (“Her name is Alberta, she lives in Vancouver, she cooks like my mother and sucks like a …”)

“When I first found out that we were going to San Francisco, I was so thrilled! I signed up for the “John Stamos Full House Tour,” in which Uncle Jesse himself leads a walking tour through the entire opening credit sequence of “Full House.” It was absolutely beautiful, although Mr. Stamos was walking right in front of me…in jeans…so I missed a lot of the sights…because I was…nevermind.”

The delightful Robert McClure is the voice and animating force behind Rod (not to mention leading man Princeton) on the Avenue Q tour.

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