Geoffrey Is Happy At The Happy In NYC Wrap Party
I stopped filming those Happy In NYC videos back in mid-April once I hit the 125 videos mark (I still can’t believe I shot that many!), but this past Monday I threw a big wrap party downtown for everyone who was in one or helped me out on the project. We actually got to have the party at The Slipper Room where I shot the very first video! Lots of folks would always ask me, “When are you gonna do one yourself?” and I’d say, “At the wrap party!” Well, I was true to my word. While I have many talents, dancing isn’t really one of them, so I wanted to at least entertain you guys and make you laugh for 4 minutes. I dialed it up to 11 and recruited a few friends to help me out (though plenty of unplanned things happened as well- as I’ve learned, you never know what’s gonna happen once the camera starts rolling and it’s one long continuous shot). I can’t always pull off “cool” very well, but “goofy and absurd” is never a problem! And I know I look like a total loon, but everything I’m wearing, from the Hakeem Olajuwon Rec Specs to the What About Bob t-shirt, has some special significance or interesting memory attached to it.
Thank you again to all the folks who brought their energy, enthusiasm, and creativity to this project to help bring it to life. Even when I got pretty sick in the middle of March for a few weeks, I kept on shooting every day like a total madman. I’ve never worked on something like this before where I got to meet and collaborate with a completely different group of people every day, and it’s an experience I’ll never forget.
And to all of you who watched the videos, liked them and shared them with your friends and family, I can’t thank enough for your encouragement and support. I was actually first inspired to start this whole project as a way to honor and remember my mom, Tommie, who passed away very suddenly last April. I don’t want to get too schmaltzy, but I just want to say that while it has been a very difficult year for me, my brother and our family, my mom always told me that, no matter what, she just wanted me to be HAPPY, and I know she would have absolutely loved and enjoyed this whole Happy In NYC project so much.
Thanks for help spreading the love and creating such cool and positive memories with me. This New York City place is kinder, friendlier and more supportive than you think!