133 Famous People I Have Met

Because Medium has a paywall, I dumped every single entry into a 100% free blog. Below is a list of all the famous people documented. Click the links to jump to each fun, funny vignette. The stars by each name denote the encounter’s meaningfulness, with three stars being most meaningful. Please consider tipping the writer MPW at his Venmo or PayPal.


2 Live Crew (1998)


Alice In Chains (1994)

Alicia Keys (2013)

***Allen Toussaint (2011)

Anderson Cooper (2007)

**Andre 3000 (1998)

**Ani DiFranco (2003, 2012, 2016)


**Baby & Slim of Cash Money Records (2019)

**Dr. Ben Carson (2017)

Big Boy from OutKast (2011)

Big Daddy Kane (2003)

**Big Freedia (2004–2008)

**Billy Gibbons (2002, 2007)

**Bill Murray (2010)

***Black Francis (1991)

Bobcat Goldthwait (1998)

Bonnie Raitt (2003) 50

Brad & Angelina (2006)

Bret Easton Ellis (2013)


Cee Lo & Goodie MOB (1996)

*****Chuck D (2007)

Cliff & AC/DC (1987)

***Craig Wedren & Shudder to Think (2009)

Cut Creator (1999)


**Daryl Hall (2013)

Dave Eggers (1999–2007)

David Simon (2011, 2019)

Dear Mr Roth (98–2000?)

**Dio (1998)

Doug E Fresh (1998)


**Greg Dulli (1994–2010)

***GWAR (2004)


Harry Shearer (2005, 2015)


***Ian Svenonius (1997, 2012)


**J Mascis & Dinosaur Jr. (1992)

Jello Biafra (2006)

**Jesus Lizard (1999–2019)

***Jimmy Hart (1999)

**Jimmy Swaggart (2001)

**John Oates (2013)

Jonathan Ames (1998–2019)


***Kim Deal (1991)

**Kool Keith (2012)


**Luke Skywalker aka Uncle Luther Campbell

Lupita Nyong’o (2013)


Magnolia Shorty (2010)

***Mannie Fresh (2011)

***Method Man (2000)

Mike Mills of REM (2008)

**Morris Day (2012)


**Natalie Merchant (1992)


Pharrell (2004)

Prince Paul (1997)


Quintron and Miss Pussycat (1998-present)


***Ray Davis (2004–2006)

Richard Campanella, Tulane historical geographer, (2016)

Russell Simmons (2011)


Sade (2011)

Sebastian Bach (2003)

Sick Rick (1999)

Smashing Pumpkins (1991–1996)

Steven Seagal


***Todd Rundgren (2013)

***Tony Clifton / Bob Zmuda (2013)

Trent Reznor (2000–2006)

TV on the Radio (2004–2006)


***UNLV (2014)


Weird Al Yankovich (1998)

QUICK: Ratt, White Zombie, Todd Barry, Tracey Ullman, Vince Vaughn, Warren G


Yngwei Malmsteen (1999)


– Al Roker, Bret Michals, Cramps, Dame Dash, Debbi Harry

– Carrot Top, DJ Paul Oakenfold, DJ Shadow, Earl Sweatshirt, Ernie K-Doe

– DJ Jubilee, EYEHATEGOD, The Meters, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Irma Thomas, Katey Red & Mayor Mitch Landrieu

– Buckwheat Zydeco, Ed Helms, Ellen Barkin, Hot Water Music, Hulk Hogan

– Jan Hooks (SNL), Gov Edwards, Jon BonJovi, Lydia Lunch, Lloyd Bridges

– Ray Nagin, Judy Tenuta, Linda Hamilton, Mark Wahlberg, Mike Patton, Mastodon, Pointer Sisters

– 5’8”, Assuck, Bingo, Bra1n1ac, Dalek, Dash Rip Rock, Elf Power, The Fucking Champs, Greg Ginn, Girl Talk, Home, Japanther, Killdozer, Little Dragon, Th MakeUp, Mike Dillon, ManMan/ Needs New Body, Of Montreal, Peelander Z, Q&P, Rebirth Brass Band, Radiators, Shudder to Think, TV on the Radio, TransAm, Thrones Walter Wolfman Washington




A document of encounters with around 100 folks whose names u likely know, by writer & journalist, Michael Patrick Welch. Some were great, some meh.

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Famous People I Have Met

Famous People I Have Met

A document of encounters with around 100 folks whose names u likely know, by writer & journalist, Michael Patrick Welch. Some were great, some meh.

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