Oh man, Friday night was exhausting! I’ll have an official recap up at AmericasComedy.Com again later today (update: here’s my Day 3 Moontower Recap), but here’s the inside dish.
Seriously, it was so tiring, but in a good way. I did about 3 hours of work in the afternoon (including day job real work, thank you) and then watched comedy for about 8 hours straight. But seriously, if someone would like to pay me like $20/hr to do that from now on, that would be aces.
The “Maron” screening was fun, and it was cool to see other comedians coming to watch. Greg Fitzsimmons was among them and made a point of yelling out “Greg Fitzsimmons is at Cap City tonight!” after the official pre-recorded highlights announcement ran. It really does kind of suck that Cap City is so far away from the main action and they don’t offer a shuttle. I had Greg on my agenda, but I doubt I’ll make it out there, just due to logistics.
Which makes me feel especially guilty after Greg just offered me some 50 SPF sunblock while I was sitting on the terrace at the Stephen F Austin hotel, writing my recap. That’s cool, though, he’s doing a benefit at the Improv tomorrow, so I’ll catch him then.
And that is an attitude I’ve been trying to fight this weekend. That and, “Oh, I already know I love this guy, let me go see him!” And I think I’ve done a good job of seeing new-to-me faces, but no pooh-pooh-ing guys I could see any night of the week at home. And that’s paid off. I’ve seen some sets from folks I’ve seen a number of times before in LA, but seeing them in this setting made it a true pleasure and I could enjoy their serious talent. Dan St Germain & David Angelo spring to mind, in particular.
On the David Angelo tip, he opened for Pete Holmes. I tweeted this already, but if you don’t leave a Pete Holmes show with a soul full of joy, I can’t help you. I’ve had a huge comedy crush on Pete ever since Casey Balsham first brought me to see him at Bar Lubitch. I try to catch him whenever he’s at the Improv and at some weird little shows here and there. And of course I devour YMIW. And at some point, I started to get Pete fatigue and weaned off the podcast. But last night’s set rekindled every ounce of love I have for Pete and his comedy, and then some.
Because of my weird crush on Pete, I have now had two extremely awkward interactions with him. So at the after-party, I steeled myself to go tell him how great his show was. Concisely. In a very Jerrod/Angelo move, he deflected my compliments onto David then said, “Thanks so much, what’s your name? Nice to meet you.” And in that moment I was so happy to know it was just my own narcissism that Pete would have remembered our interactions and formed them into a “That girl is odd” pattern.
Kyle Kinane’s show was out at The Scottish Rite Theater, which is an actual Freemason Temple!!! I was so excited to see Scott from the burger stand and his wife had made it out to the show, and even more excited that the stellar lineup lived up to its potential.
With typical humility/insecurity, Kyle had been fretting about doing a long set following such strong comedians (Chip Pope, Chris Hardwick, Dan St Germain and Michael Che). And in typical “you’re actually a really exceptional comedian, dummy” style, Kyle did phenomenally. Have I mentioned he’s the first comedian whose album I put in my iPod? My fake husband, Mark Ellis, now shares that digital honor. But I actually paid money for Kyle’s and I’d do it again.
It’s such an interesting thing. I see it in Ari Shaffir, too. They both share the trait that they have been hardworking, no gimmicks comedians for over a decade and I think that informs the fact that they can’t yet reconcile how amazingly popular they have become. I love that Kyle still worries whether his set will be as good as Dan’s or Hardwick’s, and I know that’s why he’ll continue to get even better. But sometimes I want to grab him and shake him (Ari too) and say, “All these people love you! For them, you exist outside this one single set as a Very Funny Comedian. Unless you really tank for some stupid reason like getting wasted or just not trying, they are going to enjoy the mere experience of being able to see you live. The fact that you’re going to do very well and confirm their opinion is basically icing at this point.”
All right I’ve been day drinking, so that’s enough pontificating for me. Gotta go back and take a disco nap to gear up for tonight.