Comedians always strive to make every audience feel like they are hearing a joke being told for the first time, that the performer onstage is a witty genius who just thought this shit up right then and there. The reality is that most material you see performed - particularly at a club where you've ponied up for admission and two drinks - has been written down, rehearsed and tweaked over the course of weeks or months. But those witty geniuses find a way to connect with the crowd and the material, so every time fees like the first time (minus the original awkward wording, long tangents and other fat that gets trimmed in the process).
But just like Aerosmith really wants to play you the B side of their new single more than a third encore of "Sweet Emotion," comedians love doing New Shit. Especially in an environment where the audience is expecting and welcoming it (Angelinos, see: The Improvised Stand-up Show and What's New), so that's what makes a show like What’s Your F#@ing Deal?! with Big Jay Oakerson so much fun. It's that "Be careful what you wish for" tightrope walk where comedians actually invite the audience to start talking during their set and have to flex their mental muscles to come through and deliver something funny right out of the gate.
This time around, Jay has invited comedy legend Dave Attell, the amazing Bonnie McFarlane, and so-funny-sorry-i-ran-out-of-superlative-adjectives-but-cmon-its-attell Dan Soder, Keith Robinson and Luis J Gomez to take a turn on that tightrope.
I'm extra excited about Attell, not just for the obvious reasons, but because Attell is one of the first comedians I ever spent money to see when I was just a wee lass civilian (Bill Maher was the first first, if you're wondering). I saw him at the Hu Ke Lau in Chicopee, MA for the late Saturday show and there were two drunk obnoxious dudes who would not shut up the whole time. So, I've seen Attell murder on his feet for probably almost 30 minutes of the hour set. I'll just consider this karma from the comedy gods, that this time, it'll be intentional. (I'm still mad the management didn't kick those jokers out, and it's been something like 10 years)
Anyway, so come out to The Village Underground Tuesday (April 22) at 9:30 for some great jokes no one's ever seen before... and may never see again. [Tickets]