Friday night found me attending the monthly installment of Comedy on the Couch at the mid-town Sacramento Comedy Spot. If you haven’t been to this section of Sacramento, brace yourself for a dose of hipness. Don’t be afraid. The kids are all pretty mellow and the MARRS building is pretty cool. While parking can be a challenge, there are a ton of people roaming the streets, so even if you don’t have a male in your social group at the moment, you should feel fairly safe walking that extra block to your car.
Hidden away in a nook on 20th Street, I noticed a large crowd gathered outside the Comedy Spot. Always a good sign. Except, I didn’t realize that loitering out on the boardwalk was just a part of the whole downtown scene. Regardless, I think a few of those folks meandered their way into the show.
My evening started off by perusing the concessions. Normally they offer items like popcorn and soda, but tonight was extra special. PBR tall boys and bottles of Stella were available. Knowing that beer makes comedy that much better, I partook of a Stella since I’m a gal and not a hipster. Not that there’s anything wrong with being a hipster.
The show started off a little STP (Stone Temple Pilots for you kids). Don’t ask me which song, they all start sounding the same after 9:00 at night. With the introductions complete and a brief explanation of the format (game show first then some stand-up), the guys led off with a segment called Megan’s Law Match. I appreciate the fact that they were trying something different, but poking fun at molestation is not easy to pull off and unfortunately, most of the crowd agreed. I’m not going to sugarcoat it. The crowd was tough that night. Personally, I think it was the heat. Most people can’t laugh while they are sweating.
The second act was straightforward stand up with a bit of a twist. One of the comedians was late, so instead of just three dudes on a couch, we were treated to four. While one guy was entertaining the crowd, the other two (or three in this case) sat on the couch and chimed in now and then. The description on the website said it was like being in a green room. Personally, I would have liked to have seen more interaction between the sitters and the stander, but I think the mood of the crowd had everyone on the couch sweating. While the rest of the crowd might have been grumpy due to the rivulets running down their backs, I was highly entertained. One cool thing about going to these local shows is that you never know when you are going to see the next rising star. Then you too can be a hipster and say, “I saw that guy before he was famous. Check it out he is really funny!” Clearly, I don’t speak hipster. I’m going to have to get the Rosetta Stone CD and brush up on my language skills.
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