It’s unusual for me to write 2 blogs in a week, but the acquisition of a new laptop and some awesome events happening in the ‘Burgh have inspired me.
I have little interest in becoming a reviewer. I’m generally not a fan of reviews. Often they try to be uber clever and display their utter lack of enthusiasm for their subject. I would rather be a Geek; someone with unbridled enthusiasm for something that wants to tell you why you should partake in this amazing experience.
On Friday June 10, 2016, I attended Chris Hardwick’s ID10T comedy show with 2 friends at the Carnegie Library and Music Hall in Homestead, PA. It’s basically Pittsburgh if you’re not familiar. Beautiful venue. Those Carnegies knew how to build a theatre.
The opening comedian Mike Lawrence was funny; funnier than openers tend to be. I started following him on Twitter @TheMikeLawrence.
Chris Hardwick’s set was varied, funny, partially improvised, intelligent, silly and surprising. I’m not going to list all his jokes or even his subjects, because you should go see this show in person and if you can’t, then see it when it comes out on whatever media releases it. (Comedy Central? HBO?)
I will tell you that he spent a lot of time conversing with the audience that started off as a typical “what do you do sir?” then “making fun of that” format and quickly moved into something more. Our audience (and maybe all audiences) had some odd stories to tell, especially the preschool teacher & the tiny underwear and the newest Pittsburgh celebrity, Preston. Preston is a 14 year old boy who attended the show with his Mom. (That’s a cool Mom). Chris seemed fascinated with Preston, asking him pointed questions/making comments to him about dial up, internet porn, school, his youth, etc. A large portion of the audience, I’m going to say 3/4, was over 35 years old so Preston’s youth and ignorance about dial up and grunge hit the sweet spot for us. Even my 20 something friends got the jokes though. Chris did what comedians strive to do, connect with the audience on a personal level while making a general statement. Well done.
My friend Ryan commented that Hardwick was great at improv. Agreed.
Chris had to jump up onto the stage after being in the audience as there were no stairs. Rock Star!
Chris was given a box of fancy donuts by an audience member during the Q & A portion of the show. I’m sorry I didn’t hear which shop they came from. If anyone knows, please tell me in the comments. He decided to spread the wealth by giving out a donut to each well received question. This was funny until it got wild. Chris decided to answer a question from the balcony. Then he decided the guy should get a donut. That’s right, Chris Hardwick threw a doughnut from the stage up into the balcony. He overshot the guy by 2 rows and beamed a women right in front of me in the chest.
Thanks to my friends Ryan and Christina for the videos. My phone had died at this point.
In conclusion, this was a highly enjoyable show and I recommend it.
Again, I’m not a reviewer, just someone who enjoyed an event that wants to say so. I wasn’t paid for this opinion or given anything for this.
Peace to all.