I had the pleasure of watching Mike Vecchione (@ComicMikeV) perform on a trip to LA waaaay back in 2010, so when I first arrived in NYC, his name would always pop out at me on lineups at The Stand, Caroline's and Stand Up NY. He was funny in 2010, even funnier in 2014 and even funnier right now.
Mike's calm, soft-spoken delivery is an interesting contrast to his meathead physique, cop face and sometimes almost brutally direct material. It works. He's also a strong joke writer who is incredibly economical with his words, so each joke has maximum funny density. Always a pleasure to watch onstage. So I was very excited he was on the lineup of a show at The Stand a couple of weeks ago that I was bringing an out-of-town civilian friend to. And holy cow, it might have been my favorite set of Vecchione's this year. Not only that, but when I looked over, my friend was literally crying from laughing so hard. And that was no fluke, Vecchione's been crushing harder than ever all over town lately. I can't put my finger on what small shift has happened, but who cares, because it's awesome to watch.