Thursday, October 15, 2015

Oddball Comedy Festival

While visiting my sister in California, we went to the Oddball Comedy Festival (presented by Funny or Die) at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater. I wasn't sure how good the show would be, since what's considered "funny" is subjective.

At first I was a little taken aback by how crude and graphic a lot of the comedians were; I'm not sure how many times I heard the words jizz/dick/cum/vagina/etc. Bridget Everett took it to a whole other level with her provocative performance. She sang this song at this festival (in that same dress). Scary! I have to admit, all I could think of was my ex, since he's a chubby chaser (Don't ask me why he ever dated me then if that's his type!). She did flash the audience at one point and walked around the crowd, rubbing people's heads and pushing her boobs (and other body parts) into their faces. CRINGE!

John Mulaney was my favorite. His main jokes were about the saying, "Why buy the cow if you can get the milk for free?" (in reference to getting married). His performance showed that clean comedy is just as funny (if not funnier). Well done!

Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari were the headliners of the night. Amy looked like a mess (granted, she had performed on Saturday Night Live the night before and then flew across the country!), and her jokes about vaginal discharge took things a little too far. But I was pleasantly surprised by Aziz, since he can be hit or miss. I thought he was very funny, especially when joking about his love of bacon.

In general, I found the comedians funny (though some were more clever than others). And oddly enough, there was an interesting coincidence of the number of jokes about Family Feud, feet, and Rosa Parks. Below is a list of the other people we saw perform:

Sebastian Maniscalco (his jokes about his family were hilarious!)
Anthony Jeselnik
Donnell Rawlings (I laughed SO hard at his pregnancy/baby jokes!)
Rory Scovel
T.J. Miller (spent half of the time spraying himself with water)

This was a fun show, and other than the crazy-crowded parking lot, this a great venue; it's like a larger Wolf Trap! I was impressed by how serious the security was. People were not allowed to take pictures or video during the performances, and some people were thrown out just for heckling the talent! Intense! Good for you, Irvine!

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