When I saw that Casino NB was bringing Whoopi Goldberg to town, my initial reaction fell somewhere between “meh” and “shit”. On one hand (we’ll call that the “meh”) Whoopi Goldberg is someone who doesn’t overly excite me as a comedian. Sure, I’ve seen her in movies and on TV, but if I’m ever asked to name my Top 10 ladies of comedy… she’s not going to be on it. On the other hand (and we’ll call that one “shit”, I knew for a fact that Jess IS a huge fan of Whoopi (Goldberg, that is) and would absolutely want to see her. So then the internal struggle began… do I take the chance and hope she doesn’t find out… or do I tell her and try to spin this to make myself out to be the hero who obviously was single-handedly responsible for bringing Whoopi Goldberg to the Casino? I guess I chose somewhere in the middle.
And while Whoopi Goldberg may not necessarily be my first choice for live comedy, I really have to be honest… that woman is funny! A lot funnier than I gave her credit for! She played to the crowd, and she was good! A little cruder than I imagined, but that doesn’t bother me. I’ve been known to drop the occasional F-bomb here and there.
So what was originally going to be an evening of somewhere between “meh and shit” was actually turning out to be pretty entertaining! And then the smell started…
An electrical fire has a very distinctive smell. There was no smoke in the casino, just an odor. People were looking around to see where it was coming from, but nothing appeared amiss. I initially thought maybe someone’s phone or camera had blown a circuit. Then again, I also took note of the nearest fire escape doors in case I was wrong. After a very long couple of minutes Security alerted Whoopi to the fact that her tour bus was on fire. There was no danger to anyone in the casino, but they were stopping the show because of it. We began to shuffle toward the exits.
Apparently Whoopi was almost done the main part of her show anyway, so we didn’t miss very much. She apologized as we were leaving, and said that she would be back. It’s funny… my evening with Whoopi Goldberg was far more memorable than I would have ever imagined!