A New York comedian and filmmaker known for outrageous stunts such as living in an Ikea for a week and visiting 171 Starbucks stores in Manhattan has made his most recent idea a reality in a series of celebrity sleepovers.
Mark Malkoff decided he wanted to visit Los Angeles without spending thousands on hotels, so he dreamed up a way to stay in beautiful places without spending a dime. He used Facebook, emails and snail mail to write to about 25 celebrities asking if they would let him stay the night.
"I couldn't believe when people started saying yes. More people said yes than no," Malkoff, incredulous, told ABCNews.com. "I honestly wasn't sure celebrities would say yes, since it was such an outrageous request. I also thought about how potentially awkward and uncomfortable it could be, but people welcomed me with open arms. It was just a crazy fun experience."
On his trip, Malkoff did six overnight sleepovers and seven daytime naps with 13 celebrities who opened their homes to him, including actress Kate Walsh, singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb and "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig (pictured above). He took photos and made a video that documented the experience. He shared his stories with ABCNews.com.
One star that shocked Malkoff by accepting was "Private Practice" star Kate Walsh.
"Kate got back from filming and most actors would be exhausted since she was up that morning ridiculously early," Malkoff said. "She let me pick out my own pajamas, and she had me try on her shoes that she wore to the Emmys. I don't usually wear women's shoes, but they were Kate Walsh's Emmy shoes!"
He said the actress -- decked out in her own PJs -- let him in her bedroom with all of her dogs and cats around. At one point, he said he felt he needed to call his wife, Christine, to make sure it was OK that he was "in bed" with a beautiful actress.
Malkoff put her on speakerphone with Walsh who joked, "Don't worry, Christine. I'm not attracted to him."
Another celebrity who took Malkoff in was singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb.
"Lisa Loeb played music for me at her house," Malkoff said. "A lot of celebrities write books and a lot of them read bedtime stories to me."
Loeb read to him from her children's book, 'Lisa Loeb's Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs.'
"It was like nonstop fun and highlights," Malkoff said.
Malkoff had a very specific request for "The Practice's" Camryn Manheim.
"I got to sleep while holding her Emmy," Malkoff said. "She's so talented."
Malkoff said that he had very low, "almost nonexistent" expectation when he began his trip.
"I thought the celebrities would hang out with me for five minutes and then tell me to go hang out in the garage for the rest of the night, but they didn't. Some people would spend five hours hanging out," he said.
As a fan of 'Full House,' Malkoff said he arrived at Dave Coulier's house armed with a dozens of questions.
"He was cool with me asking about Kimmy Gibbler and the Olsen twins," Malkoff laughed. "He didn't show his annoyance but was probably running out of tolerance for the 'Full House' questions."
Malkoff said he spent the night in Coulier's SUV in his driveway.
"Everything I do, I commit to it 100 percent," Malkoff said. "He actually gave me a 'Full House' blanket."
At 'Family Ties' actress Justine Bateman's house, Malkoff slept in Bateman's treehouse overlooking L.A.
Actor Steven Weber read to Malkoff as he cozied up for a nap with a sleeping mask on, but not every celebrity was as hospitable as Weber.
"Larry King said no only because his wife wouldn't allow it," Malkoff said. "[Actor] Rob Corddry said 'no way' but that he would film a bit for the video."
Malkoff is trying to dream up his next big idea, but doesn't know how he'll top this experience. He thought about finding a way to legally ship himself overseas in a crate with a TV an Xbox, but said his wife quickly nixed the plan.
"I do a lot of comedy projects and out there stuff, but this was probably the most fun I've ever had out of all the projects," Malkoff said. "I want celebrity sleepovers to be my full time job. It was the coolest thing in the world that I got to do it."
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