My Howard Stern Experience

Last weekend I was lucky enough to have won highly coveted tickets to the Howard Stern Birthday Bash in New York City.  I brought my friend Sarah as my guest because not only is she a huge fan like myself, but she is my partner in crime and I couldn’t imagine experiencing this event without her (plus my husband had to stay back to take our daughter to a concert).  From the moment we won tickets, everything else just magically fell into place.  We were able to score pretty cheap flights, even though the event was the same weekend as Superbowl (and in the same city), her husband’s cousin hooked us up with a suite at a 5 star hotel in the city and we met some other fans through a Facebook group that offered to take us to the party in their party bus with none other than Jeff the Drunk!

We had a layover in LA, and while switching planes, we ran into a couple looking for the same gate as us.  We got to chatting and discovered that they also were on their way to New York for the Howard Birthday Bash and they were also from Las Vegas!  What are the odds?  We quickly became friends with them and ended up hanging with them the next day too.  We arrived in New York City around midnight the night before the party.  After checking into our room and grabbing some quick sandwiches for dinner, we went to bed and tried to sleep, even though we were so excited that neither of us slept very well.  In the morning, I walked over to Central Park and went for a quick 5 mile run to hopefully burn off all the alcohol I planned on consuming that night.

When I got back to the room, Sarah had ordered from room service an amazing spread for breakfast courtesy of her husband’s family.  I’m so glad I ate every bite because it was the last meal we’d have for a long time.  After we ate, we started getting ready, quickly realizing that we were going to need to move it to be ready on time.  Luckily we were ready with a little time to spare.  We took a couple of pictures in the hotel lobby while waiting for the party bus to arrive. 

I was so happy with the dress I rented.  It is by Cushnie Et Ochs and it was so beautiful.  I loved the long sleeves and open back and felt like a movie star in it.  And much to my delight, during the show, they gave the microphone to Beth Stern to ask who she was wearing (she actually wore 4 different dresses throughout the night) and the dress she was wearing when the show started was also by Cushnie Et Ochs!  I must have great taste!

When the party bus arrived, we were so star struck to be on the same bus as Jeff!  It was so much fun and we were so grateful to meet the lovely couple that let us hitch a ride with them to the party. 


Once we had circled around a few times and had some champagne, we got off the bus and immediately spotted several other Wack Packers (Maryanne from Brooklyn, High Pitched Eric, Sour Shoes, Medicated Pete, Ham Hands Bill).  Sour Shoes immediately took to Sarah.  There was an odd connection between those two that ended up laying the foundation for our entire night.  We also spotted Benjy Bronk and his girlfriend Elisa Jordana and snapped a quick picture with them. 

We finally made it inside and after hitting the bar (the event was completely open bar with top shelf liquor) we anxiously awaited the show to begin.  And they couldn’t have opened it any better.  Every show that is on air always begins with Howard and Rob Zombie singing American Nightmare, so naturally this show would also have to being that way, except of course, Rob Zombie would come out and sing it live!  I think we all had chills.

After the opening, it was just celebrity after celebrity.  Jimmy Kimmel hosted, there was stand up by Jimmy Fallon and Lena Dunham, some roasting by Joan Rivers, incredible music performances (Adam Levine and Pat Monahan doing Purple Rain, Steven Tyler on a white grand piano singing Dream On, John Mayer doing Led Zeppelin, Jewel singing a song Howard wrote, and my favorite Dave Grohl singing There Goes My Hero), Brian Cranston doing a spot on J.D. impression, a strip tease by Ryan Phillippe for Robin, shots done all night by Howard and the celebrity guests, a David Letterman interview and so much more.  I lost track of how many celebrities were there.  The show was incredible.  Hands down the most entertaining show I’ve ever been to in my life.  It was a tribute to Howard and it got so emotional towards the end.  Everyone had such nice things to say about him, you really have to believe that he is just a wonderful person in real life.  The show was 4 hours long and there was not one slow moment in the entire show.  *Disclaimer – These are NOT my photos.


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