For those who aren’t familiar, The Second City is one of the most renowned improvisation troupes in the world, held in regard with the likes of The Groundlings and producing many SNL Alumi and well-known comedic geniuses such as Tina Fey, Gilda and John Belushi, to name a few. With theatres and schools in Chicago, Toronto, and Hollywood, the troupe brings improv to an astonishing level. Not only does Second City produce and write some of the funniest skits, but the performers usually cast a very wide net of knowledge, in order to accommodate even the most obscure of audience suggestions. Unfortunately, this didn’t really come into play when they performed at Wolf Trap. This is not to their discredit, but you would think that the DC audience would yield some higher level or depth to their suggestions, but I guess you have to go see them in Chicago or New York for that type of higher education. The only fault of the performers was the lack of trying to promote more obscure ideas from their audience. But shame on us for not shouting out anything more than random and mundane suggestions for them to work with!
For those of you who don’t know who Lily Tomlin is, get out from the rock and google her! She is a pioneer of her craft and still the best at what she does! She held us captive at Strathmore last weekend. Ms. Tomlin is not only a delight to watch perform, but she is a truly genuine person, which is one of the characteristics that makes her star shine brighter. Read the rest of this entry »
Students, alumni, and neighbors of George Washington University were lucky enough to have story time with an acclaimed humorist and satirist at the GW Lisner Auditorium on October 17. Admittedly, no one sat Indian-style and there were no graham crackers passed around, but David Sedaris read aloud to a captivated audience just the same.
For some reason, George Mason University invited Wanda Sykes to entertain at the Patriot Center during Families Weekend. She was born in Virginia and raised in Maryland and it is nice to welcome people back to their hometowns, but her show does not exactly top the list for a teen deciding what to do with Dad or Aunt Karen on a Saturday night. I was not the only person perplexed by this decision; Sykes herself stated that she didn’t know “what they were thinking” bringing her “foul-mouthed ass” to the stage. But her performance proved that the university made an excellent choice.
Provocative. Controversial. Genius. These words describe the man, the myth, the legend of Paul Mooney, a comedian who has been in the game for more than forty years. Mooney has written material for the late great comics Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx and has helped launch the careers of countless comedians including Robin Williams and John Witherspoon. He helped create the “Negrodamus” and “Ask a Black Dude” sketches while on the working on Chapelle’s Show and the “Homie the Clown” character on In Living Color. Now, the legendary comic has brought the pain with a sold out show at the Riot Act Comedy Theatre. It was the experience of a lifetime for the people who filled every seat at the tables and waited anxiously against the walls for a chance to hear the man live.
When asked by acquaintances what he was like around the house, Bill Cosby’s wife Camille simply stated, “After being married to a comedian for forty years, he’s not that funny.”
Saturday Night Live’s head writer Seth Meyers is not just SNL funny. He’s like… really funny. This, I discovered during his Saturday night performance at George Mason University’s Patriot Center before a crowd of about 2,000 co-eds.
Two members from the Reno Sheriff’s Department have arrived in the DC Area to cause a riot – a laughing riot! On Saturday, March 13th, your roving reporter decides to test the waters and cover a comedy night for the first time. I have to admit that I was ecstatic to see performers from one of my favorite comedy series do stand-up live. I have attended a couple of comedy venues before today, so I have first-hand knowledge of what I am in for. Some questions did pop into my head. Will the comedians make me people laugh? Can they make me laugh? Finally, will I part of their act? If my readers are ready to read my revue, let’s press on!