Crazy for CoCo at Comic-Con

Comic-Con magic moments happen every other minute. I rendezvoused with HuffPo’s David Moye in Star Bar just before the “Conan” taping today at the Spreckels Theatre during COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2016. The cast of Silicon Valley killed it; J.J. Abrams and Will Arnett made cameos…Flashback: I went to a Late Night with Conan O’Brien taping back in NYC in 1993. My friend who waitressed at Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar bar got tickets from the band playing that night, Black 47 (“Funky Ceili”). Back then, we tossed down a couple Snakebites and rolled to the studio. What have I learned in 23 years? Hit the restroom before a TV taping. Try to make a pit stop during a show break and a standby will take your seat quicker than Conan can close the show with “Goodnight, ev-rybodee!”

SPEAKING OF COCO: San Diego restaurateur Terryl Gavre posted a photo of a Conan O’Brien Comic-Con banner on her Facebook with the caption, “Team Coco, right across the street from the Cafe for Comic-Con. I’ll be stalking him.” Followers of her downtown restaurant, Cafe 222, started sending her photos of O’Brien in various spots around town, even one of him on an exercise bike. However, the ultimate surprise was seeing him walk through the doors of her other downtown restaurant, BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant. She told him about her post and he laughed, and even offered to take a photograph with Gavre. O’Brien dined on chipotle peach baby back ribs served with roasted corn, cotija cheese, watermelon-cucumber salad and cilantro.

COMIC-CON AFIELD: With 130,000 conventioneers crammed into a convention center bursting at the seems for expansion, that leaves lots of activities spilling out onto the streets of downtown San Diego. Climb a rock wall, do a stunt jump, go to a pool party or check out this story about free events: San Diego Union-Tribune.

MORE ON HORTON PLAZA PARKING: Recall that downtown’s phantasmagoric shopping mall is losing Nordstrom and maybe it’s mind on parking policies. Until recently you could park for free for three hours if you got your ticket validated at a kiosk at the mall. Those kiosks are gone and now patrons only get one free hour of parking–unless you visit 24 Hour Fitness (two free hours) or UA’s movie theater (three hours). Now the Lyceum Theatre wants a multi-hour deal, but it’s still not in the works. VOICE OF SAN DIEGO

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