David Schwimmer apparently has more dance moves than just the ones he demonstrated by the water fountain in the famous intro for NBC's "Friends."
The 46-year-old actor and director told Interview magazine last year that he was a "pretty good dancer" back in the day and reiterated that sentiment when I asked him about it Wednesday at the Michigan Avenue magazine party at The Dec Rooftop Lounge + Bar in the Ritz-Carlton Chicago hotel.
"I'm not a trained dancer, but I'm a good dancer," said Schwimmer, who appears on the cover of the May/June issue of Michigan Avenue. "I enjoy dancing. People say I have good rhythm. My wife certainly enjoys it."
If you think Schwimmer is talking about the waltz or the fox trot simply because he is best known for playing the nerdy Ross Geller on "Friends," you would be wrong. "Not like ballroom dancing," Schwimmer said. "I used to have some training in high school as a tap dancer, but it's been over 30 years. More like club dancing." Does that include hip-hop dancing? "Oh yeah," said Schwimmer.
Schwimmer said he hasn't had much use for his dancing in his acting career, other than the "Friends" intro and when he appeared on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" in 2004 to play Larry David's co-star in the musical "The Producers."
"It finally came in handy," Schwimmer said. "I think we pulled it off."
Speaking of theater, Schwimmer is directing Lookingglass Theatre's production of "Big Lake Big City," running June 19-Aug. 11 at the Water Tower Water Works. He co-founded Lookingglass 25 years ago, plus he's a Northwestern University alum, which might explain why Chicago seems to claim the New York native as its own.
"I have noticed that," said Schwimmer, who lives in New York. "I'm thrilled about it. I claim (Chicago), too, even though I wasn't born here. I always felt more at home here than where I was born. I was born in New York but only lived there two years (back then). I grew up in LA but never felt like Los Angeles was the right city for me. I thrive on a bigger-city environment. I came here for a summer program at Northwestern when I was 16 and just fell in love with the city and the energy.
"It's always special for me to come back to Chicago. I get as many compliments here just for Lookingglass as any other work I've done on TV or in film. That means a great deal to me."
Heads up: Canadian indie rock quintet Walk Off the Earth will headline the XSport Fitness Rock 'N' Roll Chicago Half Marathon on July 21 in Grant Park. You may know Walk Off the Earth from its cover of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," which features all five band members playing one guitar and has more than 150 million hits on YouTube.
About this week: Far East Movement will perform Thursday at Macy's in the Loop in honor of Asian-Pacific Heritage Month. … Alexandra Richards — daughter of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards — is scheduled to DJ on Friday at Nellcote. The Rolling Stones perform Tuesday, Friday and June 3 at the United Center.
Sightings: Sean "Diddy" Combs visited Wirtz Beverage Illinois headquarters in Cicero to discuss his Ciroc vodka line May 20. … Michael Shannon ("Man of Steel") was spotted Tuesday at King Cafe in 900 North Michigan Shops. … Rapper Kid Cudi hung out Friday at Ay Chiwowa. … After DJing Tuesday at Hub 51's lower-level club, Sub 51, rapper/producer Jermaine Dupri partied at Board Room. The Bulls' Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah hung out at Board Room on May 17. … Martin Short ("Three Amigos") dined May 18 at Giordano's Pizza in the Near North Side neighborhood. … Singer Lionel Richie visited RM Champagne Salon on Saturday. … Ralph Macchio ("The Karate Kid") made a surprise appearance Thursday at Paris Club's upstairs club, Studio Paris, and presented co-owner R.J. Melman with a birthday cake. Alexander Ludwig ("The Hunger Games") partied Saturday at Studio Paris. … Jamie Kennedy ("Scream") hung out Wednesday at Hubbard Inn. … Notre Dame College Prep alum Danny Pudi (NBC's "Community") was the commencement speaker at his alma mater's graduation ceremony Saturday. … The Bears' Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Robbie Gould attended the Legends for Literacy fundraiser, hosted by teammate Earl Bennett, on May 19 at III Forks.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times