Wow, just wow! I went to my first live taping of Come To Papa (which will air on Sirius 99 on Thanksgiving) last night at The Improv and it was incredible. I tried to go to the last one but it was more than sold out (and Matt Damon was there!) so today I give thanks for Thanksgiving lightening up the crowd just enough for me to go last minute.
Come to Papa is basically a radio play/variety show. Think the structure of A Prairie Home Companion, minus the fact that that show is terribly annoying, add about a thousand percent funny and you'll be in the neighborhood.
Tom Papa is the host, backed by a jazz trio (I hear the NY version is a weird-cool Brazilian group) and announcer Ian Bagg. And let me just say right now that it's a shame the radio audience can't see Ian's face throughout the show. There were sketches with Eddie Pepitone, Cynthia Koury and Harland Williams, a song and a lot of great stand-up.
Eddie Pepitone's set really connected with the audience, though it was the most subdued set I've seen from him in ages. Nick Thune wrung funny out of his own dazed state of new fatherhood and Dov Davidoff closed out the show to thunderous laughter and applause. It's awesome to see him back in full physical/pacing mode after his broken foot earlier this year. He's just so goddamned good, it almost hurts.
I cannot recommend this show enough, live or on Sirus, but definitely live. You can join Tom Papa's mailing list for upcoming dates.