If You Missed My MySpace Secret Standup Show Last Week:
Here's a short summary of the festivities. Note that nowhere does the author say she enjoyed the show (which was excellent). Also note that I stupidly gave the kid five Candian dollars, which I have been carrying around in my wallet since my last trip to Vancouver, and which would have come in handy this week. (See my previous post.) I'm such an idiot.
Back in the '90s (oh so long ago), sketch group The State used to show up on late-night MTV somewhere between Singled Out and Liquid Television. Those guys (and girl) have come a long way since then, evidenced by the crammed-to-the-gills Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter stand-up show at Caroline's on Thursday night. The show took place as part of the New York Comedy Festival and as one of MySpace's free Secret Stand-Up shows.
The Michaels took the stage with no openers, Showalter first followed by Ian Black. After talking a bit about the election (and of course, specifically Sarah Palin), Showalter went into a hilarious bit about re-reading his 8th grade yearbook. He performed a statistical analysis of the likes & dislikes that he and his classmates had listed under their names. Likes included pizza, ska, and animals, while dislikes ranged from cafeteria food to "gomers," his high school's word for nerds. Showalter also talked about the difficulties of getting a cat, describing the two-round interview process and ultimate rejection of Kitty Care.
Michael Ian Black immediately won over the crowd by asking a brace-faced kid, previously tormented by Showalter, why he was attending the show. The kid said it was his birthday and Black presented him with FIVE CANADIAN DOLLARS as a present.
Next, he spoke of politics and why McCain/Palin lost the election: "If fetuses could vote, maybe they would have won." Before ending the show, he read one of his trademark letters, this one to a heckler who had asked him to show his penis. He was flattered, but ultimately realized that the heckler was actually talking to Showalter.