Just saying hello to my Russian bots. That's got to be a bot, right? There's nobody in Moscow reading random old postings. If there is a real person, my apologies! There are many more interesting things you could be doing. I mean, you live in motherfreakin' Russia. You've probably wrestled bears wearing fuzzy hats and grey trenchcoats. Probably during the process of getting them into or out of their clothes. Why do you Russians put clothes on bears?
Last Friday, M & I went to the most marvellous comedy show. The comics were Ryan Kukec (emcee), Sarah Adams, Neil Hamburger, Natasha Leggero, Tim Heidecker and Todd Barry, in that order. It was at a restaurant downtown, which is why my husband managed to snag the best seats in the house, about 3 feet from centre stage. I did not expect that. It was a bit nervy to be that close, and I was on edge about it for the opening acts. Did I mention that the house lights were also on, and that since the table jutted out (leaving no visible people in our periphery) it felt like we were billionaires putting this entire show on for our own benefit, in our comedy club room in the basement of our ecclectic mansion? The fact that I wasn't sober magnified this effect greatly. Rather than continue to shirk in our seats, we went with it. We WERE billionaires for those few hours.
|The edge of our table and the chair onstage - THIS CLOSE!|
photo by Michael
The character Neil Hamburger is portrayed by Gregg Turkington. I think he is wonderful. He shines a spotlight of reality that exposes the rot and decay on everything that is middle of the mainstream and lowest common denominator. His character is outwardly repulsive, but he is also true; the opposite of beautiful falsity. Not to overanalyze, I found him hilarious and I wanted him to go even further, all the way to hell. These are dark times, which is why I've been hitting the sauce so much lately. So much = 2 beers. I'm light.
Natasha Leggero was up next. She also has a bit of a stage character (though she is very genuine), but I was expecting actual rhinestones that looked like diamonds- I loved that her necklace was actually a string of sequins. It's the little details that get me. I'm afraid that I can't remember too much, other than that she was sharp, biting, intelligent, sexy and I wished she could have gone on longer. Some of her material was familiar (due to the many times I've listed to her legally downloaded album Coke Money - but also because of that, I can't remember which of those bits were performed that night), and there was a lot of new stuff, but there was also a notepad of very fresh ideas. I spent much of her half hour being mesmerized by her act in general and lost my breath every time she looked at me... yes! We were so close that frequent eye contact with all of the performers was pretty much a given.
Tim Heidecker was magical. Wow. I can't imagine somebody more genuine, nice, positive, earnest. I could have watched him drop the mic for hours. It's like James Earl Jones reading the phonebook. I don't know how he does it, other than to actually be whatever he happens to be in the moment. It was the most amazing thing, and we really felt that we 'got' him in that space... unless we're idiots and there was another underlying message we didn't see and the joke's on us (I don't think so, though). I don't even know if message is the right word, but for me, he is able to capture that instant of unguarded, vulnerable truth that absolutely everybody is capable of when they're not self consciously thinking everything to death, and stretch it out for half an hour. We've booked off tonight to watch Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie.
Todd Barry wrapped up the night. By this point I was sober again (the waitstaff couldn't/wouldn't make the rounds) and his mellow voice was welcome as he smoothly pointed out the bullshit coating on many of the mundane things that you wouldn't think people would even bother bullshitting about. The things that people don't even realize that they are bullshitting upon. None of us are special, let's get over ourselves already. But in a funny way. Comedy!
It was the perfect mix of comedians. It was a perfect night. Well done Sled Island! Please keep the good comics coming. We'll be there.