Comedy Juice is always one of my favorite weekly shows and has been since the beginning. Sure, you have meltdown and now sometimes the Super Serious Show on the same night, but Juice is still my favorite to see a diverse array of good talent and just hang out with fun people at the Improv bar.
Last night, having Pete Holmes and Jay Larson on the lineup is what drew me in. I was actually surprised Pete had booked the spot, seeing as his first test show taped that afternoon, so I wasn't too shocked when he canceled. But even without Pete, the lineup of Larson, Owen Benjamin and Brooks Wheelan was plenty to keep me (or any comedy fan) at the show.
It was especially fun to catch Brooks back onstage after two months in NYC, working on SNL. He claimed he felt a little nervous, but he didn't seem nervous or rusty at all once he was onstage. He did a great job with some older jokes and even threw in a new one about a cash-only bar in Brooklyn and my favorite meta comment: "When I was ten, I used to hate when the featured cast members were in a sketch. 'Where's Sandler?? Who's this guy??" But now I think, hey, give those guys a chance."
And to cap the night, Dave Attell popped in. I love Attell. Almost a decade ago, I drove three hours across Massachusetts to see him perform at this terrible Polynesian restaurant/karaoke bar/comedy venue called the Hu Ke Lau. That's how much I love him. His set last night was interesting. He spent a lot more time working the crowd and setting up an environment conducive to each little peppery blast of jokes than doing a cohesive set-set. But even that was fun to watch from a guy who is that good and who I've loved for over a decade.