The other day I caught a “Best of…” compilation, from a series called John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show. Apparently the series originally aired in America in early 2010, so this isn’t exactly breaking news… but a couple of my fave performers were featured, so I felt compelled to blog about it anyway! Oliver makes a great host, and his opening monologue (about how much he admires American “stupidity”) was hilarious, but for me the stand-outs were Janeane Garofalo and Kristen Schaal. As I’ve said before, I’m more familiar with Garofalo as an actress than a comedian, so it was cool to see her on stage, dishing out her own jokes for a change… but, er, I can’t really remember any of them right now… aside from the “security check” form she read aloud. That whole bit was a joke, right? I mean, they don’t seriously expect spies, terrorists and war criminals to casually identify themselves on random pamphlets, do they? Unless… was the paper laced with truth serum? That might work.
I’m not quite as obsessed with Schaal as I was when I first “discovered” her, although I did almost bust a lung laughing at her headlining act here. I was already familiar with her opening gag (about knocking down a cyclist in the street) from a clip I’d seen of her Edinburgh act a few years ago, but the rest of it was all new to me… and the part where she performed a little monologue from the POV of a discarded mattress was crazy-genius. Something about the strange and disturbing scenes the mattress had witnessed, combined with Schaal’s wide-eyed, childlike delivery, made me absolutely lose it. I’m still chuckling now, just thinking about it! Why doesn’t this woman have a DVD out already? I would buy the bejeezus outta that. Has she even had a full-length special to call her own? If not, that’s a damn shame.
Oh, and after that I watched Demetri Martin’s show Person. It was the first time I’d seen any of his stuff, and I didn’t stop laughing the whole way through. Hurrah for off-beat, indie comedy!