It was nice to see funnyman Todd Barry in a relatively good mood. The New York-based stand-up comic and actor (he was the third “Conchord” on a season finale of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords) is always dry and very funny in concert, but he usually looks like a seriously furrowed grump — a man happy to be cranky while squinting, grimacing in the stage lights.
On the stage at Theatre 99 Saturday night, Barry looked a bit more at ease, and even cracked himself up a few times (mostly from his success making fun of the dorks in the front row who propped their feet up on the stage and texted during the set). Saturday’s show was the second sold-out gig of a two-nighter, and the packed house roared and chuckled from start to finish.
Barry did a lot of new material, much of which is featured on his latest album From Heaven (Comedy Central). After he bragged about starring in the lead role of The Wrestler, he bounced from story to story, making fun of “fake liberals” up North, hilarious rednecks down South, condescending language tutors, hecklers, and walk-outs who call up club managers during his gigs. Barry held court in the Theatre 99 lobby after the set. He was kind enough to autograph a copy of his college rock band The Chant’s 1985 album Three Sheets to the Wind before things wrapped up. He probably gets that request at every show.