It has been a rather long time since I updated this blog, but I thought I would try and recollect what I remember of these two stand-ups. Let me begin by saying that New York is the best for inviting them over, and Theatre 80 is the best for having them over. THANK YOU.
I didn’t know all that much about him when I booked tickets to go see him perform, but I had seen a bit of him on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, and I do love panel shows, so I thought that I might enjoy it. I had also never seen any stand-up live before, and wanted to know what it was like. In preparation, I watched his “Do Nothing” set on YouTube, and both seasons of “Grandma’s House”. Let me just say that both are absolutely fantastic, and highly recommended. In spite of him being a thirty-something year old (am I right?), I really felt like I could relate as a teenager. He’s breathtakingly honest, and so awkward that his embarrassing confessions can be absorbed without any discomfort. He’s also got a lot of charisma for someone who comes off as socially vulnerable. One thing that works incredibly well in his favor is that he doesn’t have the air of an established comedian about him, in comparison to Dylan Moran, who was introduced with the title of “comedy legend”. He just seemed like someone who wanted to try out writing, and happened to be great at it.
Highly recommended stand-up, and wonderful in that he tries to comes to a conclusion or a lesson from all his observations. I love this format, and would certainly buy tickets to see him again.
I have a picture with Dylan Moran which I posted on my main tumblr so I won’t bother posting again, but this was such a dream I could not believe my eyes when he walked onstage. The night was a bit of a blur because I was so excited about seeing him that I can’t remember much. He does tend to reuse a lot of material, and I’ve seen the rest of his tours online, so that was a little frustrating, but it didn’t bother me too much and is understandable. The best segments were the ones he wrote in America, such as his Wolf Blitzer poem (“We are Wolf Blitzer and so am I!”) and his erotic novel. Brilliant stuff. It was a pleasure seeing him and getting his autograph after, and I’d love to see him go back to TV or movies. Oh, I also liked how he had a segment on obesity, and there was an obese woman sitting beside my friend and I. I felt bad for her. But I also liked that it happened. I am a terrible person.