Comedy Underground with Dave Attell was a really refreshing turn for Comedy Central's Stand-Up lineup. I'm hoping it's a harbinger of the pendulum finally swinging back toward hardcore, no-gimmicks, rock n roll stand-up comedy. The performers featured on the show, like Kurt Metzger, Mike Vechhione, Jay Oakerson and Joe DeRosa are some of the biggest badasses on the mic who haven't necessarily received the TV attention they deserve because they didn't fit the mold of what was in vogue for the last half decade. And even the familiar faces like Nikki Glaser, Ari Shaffir and Jimmy Shubert have chops that far outstrip their level of industry buzz.
After Season One wrapped, Attell has kept the party going with monthly live shows at The Village Underground (where the series was filmed). Following the show's format, each night features a group of straight up killers, set free to be as dark and dirty as they want, with Dave doing a little chit chat session after each set.
BTW No word yet from Comedy Central on a Season Two pickup, so why not take a sec to tweet them your support!
The August edition was a great as ever, with super hilarious folks like Marina Franklin, Gary Gulman, Keith Robinson, Sam Morril, Jay Oakerson, and Chris Distefano split between the early and late shows, and very cool drop-ins Amy Schumer and Gilbert Gottfriend.
The combination of a stand-up set and a little Q&A with Dave is really delightful. Watching Gilbert & Dave interact on the late show was both a comedy nerd's wet dream and incredibly enjoyable for the audience. It's also just great to be in a room where everyone's on board with where this is going. The early audience, especially, was just great. All gut laughs, no turning to see if their girlfriend was frowning or if they were "supposed to be" laughing at this joke.
This will turn into a novel if I extoll the virtues of each and every set, and anyway, you should just come and experience it for yourself!