Eagle community editor Jenn Smith had not one but two celebrity brushes back in December relating to the Berkshires.
Smith was lucky enough to have a spot on The Matchbox Twenty cruise that sailed Dec. 6-9 in the Miami and the Bahamas. Every guest on the ship got to pose for photos with members of the ‘90s bands Matchbox Twenty and the Goo Goo Dolls, but Smith also got to strike up a conversation with Matchbox bassist Brian Yale, aka "Pookie."
Yale asked Smith where she was from. "Massachusetts, the non-Boston side of the state."
"Chicopee Falls?" he asked.
"No, but a little bit farther west, the Berkshires."
Yale’s face lit up with recognition. "Yeah, I learned to ski out there," he said. Turns out, the musician and his family used to visit the region and has skied at Jiminy Peak in Hancock and Catamount Ski Area on the Hillsdale, N.Y. and South Egremont borders.
Smith also ran into a celebrity at "Happy Fun Time Comedy Show #78" at Rumpy’s Tavern in Lenox on Sunday, Dec. 22.
The lineup included funny people Dave Sheehan, Chris D’Alessandro, Jake Bentley, Joanna Rapoza, Mike Lemme, Jason Smith, Marty Caproni, and emcee Thomas Attila Lewis. Jason Smith’s girlfriend, Rain Pryor, also performed in the mix.
Pryor, 44, is an award-winning actress, comedian, speaker, author and producer, whose material often includes stories of growing up black and Jewish.
One of her earliest appearances as an actress was on the ABC television comedy series "Head of the Class." She played the role of T.J. between 1988 and 1991. She also appeared in the Showtime series "Rude Awakening."
In 2006, she published the memoir, "Jokes My Father Never Taught Me: Life, Love and Loss with Richard Pryor."
During her appearance at Rumpy’s in Lenox, Rain made several jokes about growing up as the daughter of the legendary comedian Richard Pryor, and her mother, a onetime Jewish go-go dancer.
She also channeled some material from her highly-acclaimed one-woman show, "Fried Chicken and Latkes."
Afterward, Pryor did pose for a few photos with fans, but otherwise got to enjoy just being a comedy club patron in an intimate room of about 25 people.
County Fare, a weekly column featuring "tales from throughout the Berkshires," is compiled by Eagle staffers. Visit the County Fare blog at berkshireeagleblogs.com/countyfare.