Is the bar tender here? AHAHAHAHA get it? Oh, I crack myself up, but obviously I have no future in stand-up comedy. However, my most recent attempt to rise to my self-proclaimed challenge left me in awe of those who rock the world of stand-up.
To give credit where credit is due, my friend Jayme found an advertisement for Wisecracks Comedy Club in the Telegram. (For those of you not native to Worcester: 1st I'm not sure why you find this blog entertaining, but I'll take it as a compliment and 2nd the Telegram is the local Worcester paper, The Worcester Telegram & Gazette [The New York Times it is not, but it does the job].) Jayme has so kindly offered to aid in my quest for fun things in Worcester until she abandons me for the U.K, but that is a story for another time. Anyway, after a bit of googling, we discovered that Wisecracks has a venue in Auburn. So, barring the announcement of something cooler to do in Worcester over the weekend, we scheduled a tentative trip to our neighboring suburb. As luck would have it (in a rather serendipitous display of coincidence) the next day Groupon was having a half price deal on Wisecracks. This solidified our decision and instead of the heafty $12 admission fee, our small bunch paid a whopping $6 per person to see 4 pretty decent and bordering on hysterical stand-up acts. I <3 Groupon by the way, so this might become a theme in my posts.
Alright, so the night begins with us trekking down Route 20 towards Oxford to Halligan's Sports Bar. The place looks like what I will affectionately call a deserted truck stop. It's claim to fame is it's vicinity to The Harley Davidson Dealer and Ronnie's Fried Clams, try not to get too excited. We pull into this dreary looking dive and head towards the door for Halligan's HOWEVER we astutely notice a sign (I kid, but this sign was blocking the sidewalk, so you really couldn't miss it) that Wisecracks was really being held in the Royal Lounge, which I've come to learn is part of Halligan's but separate. Either way, we hand in our groupons and find seats. This was not a tasking event, as I am a very prompt person and since the tickets said doors at 7:30 and show at 8:00, I arrived at 7:30. No one else did. In fact, most people didn't show up until 8:15ish. You'd think they'd be rude for walking in during the middle of the act, but no worries for the late-comers, the show hadn't started yet. (Thank goodness there was a bar to keep us occupied and satiated while we waited). The show started around 8:30 and we were thoroughly amused.
I'm not going to give you an lengthy review of the comics, but I've made a decent outline of the events.
I. The American Indian/Irish/Italian/Portuguese/etc
A. Made jokes about being old and fat
B. Was successful because he was old and fat
C. Favorite joke: "I had a baby last week. It was delicious."
II. The guy I can't remember
A. Couldn't have been too great because I don't remember him
B. Couldn't have been too horrible because I don't remember him
C. Favorite joke: again I can't remember
III. The short guy
A. Had some awkward interaction (borderline hostility) with an audience member that was exciting and amusing.
B. Some great jokes about Southerners - he married a woman from Georgia or Louisiana or somewhere south of the Mason-Dixon line. (As a New Englander I appreciate this humor immensely)
C. Favorite joke: Meeting a guy in Vegas from Worcester, England and when the brit said "We were first" the comedian responded, "Yeah, well, we won the war!" heh.
IV. The main event
A. This guy was a St. John's High School grad. (A little background, St. John's is the brother school to my high school Notre Dame. There are a billion stereotypes of St. John's guys and 90% of them are true. Nuff said.)
B. Was crazy good (wow, I promise to never use that again) at accents.
C. Made fun of small children and overbearing parents!
D. Favorite joke: His description of a father's psyche on his daughter's prom night. I was in tears from laughing.
Either way, I would definitely recommend this event. The prices are great, the beer is cheap and the stand-up is excellent considering the cost. So, grudgingly I have to admit that Wisecracks is tipping this scales in Worcester's favor.
Until next week!