UPDATE: If you're looking for a more general review of the show, check out Why You Should Go To The Sam & Joe Show
Hey kids! Between building IKEA furniture and yelling at IKEA furniture, I haven't had much chance to check out comedy fun stuff yet. And I think it's the general consensus that The Stand will be my East Coast version The Store, though it has one critical difference - it's a train/taxi ride away. But what Caroline's On Broadway lacks in cool hanging out vibe, it makes up in being within walking distance. So, that made Sunday night's Sam & Joe Show a pretty easy choice for a lazy Sunday. And the fact that the show itself seems right up my alley may make it my go-to Sunday show.
Sam & Joe are Sam Morril and Joe Machi. You may recall Sam as the hero/victim of one of the more recent feminist blog rape joke witch hunts, which is both a shame and a bit of a blessing I guess. I mean, you know his name, but you probably aren't prepared for how smart his jokes are. Dark & dirty, sure, but smart. Joe hosted and sacrificed a set of new material to the check spot, so it was hard to get a bead on his regular material, but I'm told he's great.
The rest of the lineup was Mike Lawrence, Taylor Ketchum, Leah Bonnema and Luis Gomez. I think we're all pretty aware of how fond I am of Mike. Taylor's a guy I know from way back when Sal's was on La Brea, but haven't seen onstage too much since we defected to New York a few years ago, so that was a treat. Leah was new to me and battling a weeklong flu, but closed strong with a great bit about the ridiculousness of 50 Shade of Gray (I know it doesn't sound topical, but it'll work for years to come, I'm sure). Luis's opener and closer were great, even though homophobia is what makes both of them funny. But the closer about his dog being gay showed he's not just lazily relying on being homophobic to get a laugh, but there's some thought and self-awareness behind it.
So, yeah, great show. Smart, dark comedians. Definitely a good start to things.