Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Comedy of Dwight Slade
This comedy night had two comedians and a retro band. $15, $18 at the door. Doors opened at 7, show started shortly after 8. One thing I've noticed about the comedy nights I've attended (which admittedly isn't many), is that they open the doors and the bar. By the time the show starts the vast majority of the audience is snockered and laughs at pretty much anything, or worse, is obnoxious.
We don't drink. We do laugh. And we like good comedy. Dwight Slade was the first performer (I'll review the other two in subsequent posts). Dwight Slade has a fast paced, frenetic routine that seemed to pair well with this primarily younger crowd (remember...we're in our 50's). He moves about the stage and uses gesturing, vocal sound effects, and facial expression to full advantage.
Given again, that we were not drinking and are older, I give him a mixed review. Some of his material was darn funny. Some of it sort of slapstick dumb. In looking through some of his videos on YouTube, he does not seem to have varied his schtick a whole lot over the years. I wonder if that's boring for him? I know I wouldn't like going to see him only to see the same show again. He does have a video available on his website (Right and Raunch) and I'll share a clip with you. You can visit his website for tour dates and other information. All in all, I enjoyed him. I probably laughed more than I didn't. I'm a tough sell. I don't laugh at just anything. I appreciate sophisticated humor that takes ordinary things and brings out their humor. Think Bill Cosby or George Carlin back in the day or the physical humor of Carol Burnett.