Monday, March 29, 2010

Bob & Tom Comedy Tour

This past Saturday, the wife and I went to the Bob and Tom Comedy Tour stop in Sioux Falls.  It was a bit of a drive, but was well worth it.  It was a night of a bazillion laughs.

The show started with my favorite member of the Bob & Tom crew, Chick McGee, opening the show.  He did a little comedy to whet our comedy appetites.  I'm pretty sure the constraints that the FCC puts on him during the radio show is very frustrating for him, because he let loose with all the "blue" comedy that he's not allowed to use during his day job.  Chick introduced all of the comedians for the night and did a few jokes in between acts.  He was great.

Then Greg Warren did a half hour show and he was awesome.  He did about a half hour of material from his latest comedy album, "One Star Wonder", which I had bought before the show, along with one of his "One Star" t-shirts.  It was hilarious.  Greg is of the Cosby/Foxworthy/Gaffigan school of comedy, in which he tells stories and is a fairly "clean" comedian (I'd say it's PG-13 at worst).  Our favorite line of his (and probably of the night) was "Shut your whore mouth, Shannon." 

After Greg Warren was Bob Zany.  Bob is a veteran comedian, and when a drunk/retarded heckler started acting up, Bob put him in his place in the funniest way.  Bob did more crowd work than Greg Warren, which was a nice change of pace.  Bob does a weekly piece on the Bob & Tom show, called the "Zany Report" where he uses a news story as the setup and then gives a punchline about the story.  His comedy routine is similarly structured:  setup/punchline, setup/punchline, etc.  He was very funny.

The low point of the night was the half hour of "Donnie Baker".  Donnie is a character that calls into the B&T show a couple times a day.  Donnie is big on innuendo, which once or twice a morning is fairly funny, but is pretty intense when you're bombarded by it for a half-hour.  He had a few funny lines, but all-in-all it was a waste.  I'd have rather had an extra ten minutes tacked onto the other comedian's time than to sit laughterless for that time.

The closer of the night was the absolutely crazy Greg Hahn.  Words cannot explain Greg Hahn's act.  Go here to see his promotional video.  The guy slays me when he's on the B&T show, but to see him in person was an experience.  His material is fairly constant every time he performs, but his rapid-fire delivery and high-energy physical comedy are top notch.  There were moments during his act that I was not breathing because I was laughing so hard.  There could not have been a better way to end the night than his act.  OUTSTANDING!!!

While I wish we could have seen the show at a closer venue, we could not have asked for a better set of guys to spend the evening making us laugh (less Donnie Baker).  If you see that they are in your area, I highly recommend you go see Greg Hahn, Bob Zany, and/or Greg Warren.  You will not regret it.

1 comment:

  1. It may have been a long drive, but the nice thing about the midwest is that you are close to so much.