"When they write the 'I'm Dying Up Here' for this era, tonight will be in it"
Well, Brody, I can't guarantee that, but it can be recorded for posterity in 0s and 1s here.
The last spot of the night in the Main Room is called The Kinison Spot because Mitzi used to always give it to Sam Kinison and tell him he could do whatever he wanted for however long he wanted. And, in fact, he was welcome to try and walk the whole room.
Over the last few years, that spot has basically belonged to Brody Stevens (Rick Ingraham also takes a turn fairly regularly). It's a fun thing to watch, since Brody can follow whatever side of his act he or the crowd is most in the mood for for as long as it can sustain itself.
The set began with Brody's special brand of crowdwork. Brody can make a connection with anyone. Sometimes it's completely tenuous, "You grew up in Virginia, there's a lot navy there, just like in San Diego, where I Just. Headlined. Last. Week. Yes!" but he also has so many connections in sports and entertainment in every city, sometimes it's like a crazy game of Kevin Bacon. He engaged a guy in a Yankees hat to stall his booth from leaving and it turned out a woman at the booth is a New York party planner with many friends in common with Brody.
I adore Brody, we all adore Brody. That's why 90 minutes into his set, even though the paying crowd had dwindled to a pair of very happy and entertained women, the room was full of basically every comedian and regular left in the place. Jeremiah Watkins passed him a phone with a Brody soundboard app (check out Redban's Vine), Steve Trevino and Tony Hinchliffe were yelling at Brody and each other, Justin Martindale, Kaytee and Jeff were all dancing.
One of the fun things about Brody's set is that you're never sure what's real and what's put on - is he really angry or just playing angry? And that extends to everyone who participates - Is Tony in on the joke? Is Trevino in on the fact that Tony's in on the joke? Did Kaytee know it was Justin that everyone was yelling at to take his shirt off? (Ok, I know the answer to that last one)
It's nearly impossible to actually capture what one of Brody's sets is like in a blog or review, so I decided to just leave this kind of hole-y and confusing. And, anyway, I have to save some details for that book, don't I?