There comes a point in a comedy festival when you just get tired of laughing. Your cheeks ache, your abs are sore, and you start to wish someone would just bomb so you could replace your smile with a look of disdain. Alas, there was no hope for me last night. Now, in addition to my Mushroom Tea hangover, I’m recovering from a laughter hangover. It’s a real thing. I’ll be treating it with some hair of the dog later on tonight.
Todd Barry sold out the Footlight Players Theatre Friday night. Unbeknownst to the audience, Barry’s plane landed a good 10 minutes after he was slated to start. Luckily, local comedian Jason Groce was on hand to deliver his stand up routine from the competition earlier this week. No one seemed to mind when Barry walked on stage 40 minutes late. He kept the crowd laughing and engaged as he joked about being OCD and the insanity of ordering lemon with water at restaurants. Throughout his set he interacted with the crowd, making fun of a few too-vocal sports fans. (Seriously, a comedy show is not the place to be screaming your allegiance to the ‘Cocks.)
After that we headed up to the Ballet Theatre for a sketch show from Somebody’s in the Doghouse and Long Pork. The crowd was rather small (too small for acts this good), but they performed as if it was a packed house. Lady duo Somebody’s in the Doghouse brought tales of working on a cruise ship, complete with a slideshow of horrific pictures (think mullets, wild crew parties). They interspersed the cruise stories with random skits covering everything from a Home Shopping Network disaster to an administrative assistant stuck in another time.
Long Pork then took the stage with a set of clever, energetic sketches. Dressed in identical suits with red ties, the four members acted out an offensive mad lib and spoofed a pun-loving crime scene investigator. While their material was smart, they weren’t above the occasional fart joke.
Our web editor Josh Curry was also out and about with his camera (video coming soon), and he says that New Exc!tement and the Roti Rolls truck (local triggerfish, turkey with Indian salsas) were hits. "Muderfist was crazy," he adds. "Nude dudes and a huge mess on the stage. Peak of the festival so far."
Lots of folks showed up for the L’After party — we spotted Glennis McMurray, Todd Barry, New Exc!tement, Doppelganger, Dave & Ethan, and several others while we were there. Everyone seemed to be having a good time, as Mellow staff had to physically push everyone out the door after last call. We’re guessing the real after party ended up being at aLoft and the Holiday Inn, where most of the performers are staying.
Several shows have already sold out for Saturday night (Todd Barry, 7:30 Improv Marathon), so if you don’t want to miss the chance to see some world-class comedy in Charleston, buy your tickets in advance.