Frank Ford is one of the founding members of the critically acclaimed Four Day Weekend comedy group. Over the last 17 years, he has performed for Congress and met President Obama, worked with former President George W. Bush and Colin Powell, and recently received the key to the city of Fort Worth from the mayor.
Having just won a “Best Small Business Of The Year” award, the group is having their biggest year to date. Frank tours nationally and here are some of his favorite places in the country…
My favorite place in the U.S. to visit is…New York City. It’s a gritty, fast-paced city that’s full of colorful characters and a raw kinetic energy. I’ve been there many times but I always find something new to appreciate about my experience there.
I’m a history junkie and the Big Apple is replete with historical gems. Once you get past the bright lights of Times Square, try to pay a visit to the “Kissing Post” on Ellis Island, the Statue Of Liberty’s crown or Teddy Roosevelt’s birthplace near Gramercy Park.
And I always seem to have a unique “New York moment” when I visit. Recently, I went to the Gotham Comedy Club on a Monday night when Jerry Seinfeld and Jim Gaffigan walked in unannounced to everyone’s surprise! Only in New York can a person see two local comics of that caliber come in off the street, on an off night, to do an impromptu set. It was the best 15 bucks I ever spent!
I’m from the Midwest and some people from that part of the country can find New Yorkers to be a bit too abrasive and aggressive. But I figure, if you can take it there you can take it anywhere.
From the subway tunnels to the top of the Empire State Building, New York City has everything in between for me.
The first thing I do when I go to New York City is…get a good slice of Sicilian pizza and walk through Central Park on my way to the museums. I can run the gamut from sitting on a park bench listening to two union workers, with their thick Brooklyn accents, wax poetic about the intricacies involved in making the perfect shrimp scampi (true story), to staring at a Rembrandt at the Met for hours on end.
Everyone should visit…Maui…at least once in their lifetime. Firstly, it’s paradise. Secondly, where else can you visit the top of a 10,000 ft. high volcano wearing winter clothes and then coast downhill on a bike, shedding layer after layer, until you’re in nothing but a t-shirt and shorts at the bottom? And finally, did I mention that it’s paradise?
Muir Woods National Monument…was a pleasant surprise. I’ve been accused of being a “tree hugger” and there is no better tree to try to hug than an ancient Redwood. I just stood in awe as I looked up at these tranquil, majestic beauties and wondered if a member of the Miwok tribe stood where I was standing a long time ago.
My favorite restaurant in the U.S. is…This was a tough one to answer because I have so many favorites to choose from based on all of my travels. Having said that, I’ll narrow it down to two for the sake of this article.
I may be biased, since they are next door to my theater, but Reata would have to be one of my hometown picks. It may seem like an oxymoron but they serve excellent “Western cuisine.” Also, they have a great rooftop bar where you can take in the view of the city of Fort Worth.
We also work a good deal in Las Vegas so when I’m there I like to make a stop at the Lotus of Siam for a delicious Thai food fix!
Some great towns people may not know about to visit are…Fredericksburg, TX and Pismo Beach, CA. Fredericksburg for the B&Bs and Pismo Beach because it is one of the only classic beach towns left in America.
My favorite airport in the U.S. to fly into is…O’Hare. I always like to take the Blue Line train from the airport into the city because of the neon walk through the “The Sky’s The Limit” tunnel. There will usually be a musician playing who I like to tip on my way in and on my out of the airport. I studied at the Second City in Chicago and that tunnel represents a world full of possibilities to me.