LoudVillage is Jeremy Burke's shingle for awesome shows that all started with Best Fish Taco. Having a LoudVillage show at The Improv is a cool crossover experiment - both luring the great comedy crowds who are used to cheap or free shows in random locations in to experience a traditional club setting and exposing regular club patrons to some comedians they might not otherwise see.
While there is an obvious and tangible difference between an alternative venue/show and a club, if anything, last night's show proved how ridiculous it is that we still draw lines between "alt" and "club" comedians. I think everyone on this lineup has (or would happily be) booked at either place.
One club-specific experience the crowd got to have was a bachelor party. Yes, that's right, bachelor - not bachelorette. And guess what? Drunk guys about to get married are pretty much as bad as drunk women about to get married. They talked and hooted and thought the show was all about them. At one point, the worst offender had to be moved and seated separately from the group.
And if you want to know how not different men and women are, let me tell you that the bachelor got up and started dancing in the aisle while Brody was drumming to "Since U Been Gone"
Brody's set was my favorite of the night for so many reasons. Due to a drop out, Brody did 30 minutes, which let him stretch and play in the way that highlights what's awesome about him. He even managed to settle down the bachelor party while making them still feel included. He came down off the stage into the audience, interviewed a couple of people, did crowdwork and, of course, chair drummed. He got tons of laughs while only doing, as he pointed out himself, about two jokes (Ok, as a veteran Brody watcher, I caught some one-liners he snuck into the back and forth with the crowd).
The rest of the show was fantastic, too. Dom Irrera charmed everyone, there was a fun short set from Andy Haynes and a definitely-not-long-enough set from Byron Bowers. Back on the theme of alt vs club, Byron is basically this generation's poster boy for "Just be so good you can play anywhere." Going back at least the last year, I haven't seen a room he hasn't been able to conquer. And just for fun, here's the Robot Chicken socks he was wearing