Four Girls; Two Grobans
There were many things to be excited about at the premiere of HBO’s new series, “Girls,” on Wednesday. One was just how darn good the show, created by and starring Lena Dunham (“Tiny Furniture”), turned out. (It begins on April 15.)
But perhaps the most exciting was an only-in-New-York moment involving the singer Josh Groban and another Josh Groban, who happens to be a senior adviser to California Governor Jerry Brown and is married to Deborah Schoeneman, a writer on “Girls.”
Most of Ms. Schoeneman’s friends know she has been trying to arrange an impromptu meeting between the two Mr. Grobans for some time now, to no avail. Separately, on Wednesday, the actress Michelle Trachtenberg, a guest at the party who is this season’s “Gossip Girl,” was trying to get her friend, Mr. Groban (the singer) to come to the event.
Ms. Trachtenberg overheard Ms. Dunham mention the other Mr. Groban and did a double-take. She immediately texted her pal to come to the party, where the two Mr. Grobans engaged like long-lost friends. (They are actually, it turns out, distant relatives.)
The not-famous Mr. Groban regaled the famous Mr. Groban with various anecdotes involving their shared name—renting Katie Holmes’s apartment in Los Angeles, mistaken dry cleaning, overly zealous hotel concierges, trying to get seats to a Tony Bennett concert, “the utter disappointment I am greeted with upon arrival at restaurants” after making a reservation.
“I didn’t realize how famous I was until I just met you,” joked the singer. He added: “I’m proud to say you are no small fish either. It’s like something out of ‘This American Life.’ Ira Glass would love it.”
“This is one of the proudest accomplishments of my life,” said Ms. Trachtenberg of arranging the meeting. “This is blowing my mind.”
—Marshall Heyman (source)