There comes a time when you go to as much comedy as I do when even the best drop-ins become routine. Oh Dane Cook's here? Of course Dane Cook's here. What, Roastmaster Jeffrey Ross is dropping by to work on his roast set? I saw it last night and the night before. Chappelle's here? Cool, I'll probably only make it through the first sixty minutes, though.
But that's the joy of moving to the other coast.. I get to be excited and starstruck all over again.
Like I was Monday night at The Comedy Cellar. I'd come out to support Leslie Jones, who was showcasing for some late night folks, but before she came up, I had the treat of seeing Judd Apatow and Dave Attell.
Everyone's first question about Apatow is a suspicious, "hmmm, was he funny?" and the answer is "Yeah." He isn't some basketball player or reality star that just decided to start being a comedian one day, that's his background. He just got real famous making great TV shows and movies, too. It was a solid set about mostly pretty standard family stuff and being the only man in a house full of women. But there was a really fantastic and unique part where he talked about how he struggles with raising girls with the right messages about their bodies and sex and gave the specific example about how one of his daughters began doing vagina ventriloquy around the age of four. She'd just walk around with her vagina talking in a funny voice, asking about eating cereal or watching cartoons. I can't do it justice here, I hope he sticks with it and you can go see it for yourself.
And, of course, even though Attell drop-ins are becoming a regular occurrence in my life, I'm still enough of that teenaged girl that it's always exciting. However I've noticed an unfortunate trend, people really like to heckle Attell. I don't know if it's his conversational tone and casual-feeling connection with the crowd or what, but people have talked at him during the last three sets I saw. Not just rowdy people who had been disruptive all night, even out of the blue "Yeah man, I love Trader Joe's!" type stuff.
Speaking of which, Attell's doing jokes about Trader Joe's fruit and pharmacists now. He maybe-not-even-jokingly told this heckler, "Look, I'm trying to be an unthreatening, successful comedian, just go with me for a minute here." It certainly seems to be the case.
And of course Leslie crushed it. Who knows how many of the "I wanna go to the place I saw Louie standing on TV" tourists in the crowd had any idea about last Saturday, but controversy schmontroversy. She did a great set with a mix of old a new material and left the stage to a louder round of applause than the "Hey you're famous!" one Apatow got when he came up.