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REVIEW: Adam Carolla @ Newmark Theatre (Portland, OR – 3/11/12)

12th Mar 12 (Mon) Leave a comment

Adam Carolla had a busy weekend.  The most recently fired celebrity on Donald Trump’s NBC Celebrity Apprentice, the former co-host of Loveline with Dr. Drew, the former co-host of The Man Show with Jimmy Kimmel, and the #1 podcaster in the world (with the Guinness World Record to show for it) played Seattle on Friday night, Spokane on Saturday night, and Portland’s Newmark Theatre last night.

I don’t always agree with what he says.  He’s middle-of-the-road politically – not claiming alignment with any party.  He’s quite in favor of many good social issues (gay rights, sex education, women’s reproductive issues, etc), but he’s staunchly conservative on fiscal and immigration concerns.  But in all honesty, how many times do you agree with everything even your loved ones say?  While some people may have “something for everyone to like,” Adam may very well fit into having “something for everyone to hate” or at least “have issue with.”  Eh, I still fall into the “love camp”…

His sharp wit, funny stories and quirky-yet-still-grounded sense of humor make coming back to listen daily a treat.  His Monday to Friday daily podcast is one of my favorites and it quickly goes to the top of my queue (subscribe iTunes).  His ACE podcasting network is also growing and excellent things abound: Penn Jillette’s PennSundaySchool, Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend (the funny & charming news gal), Ace on the House (home improvement), CarCast (I’m not even a gear junkie, but this is a fascinating show), et cetera… all great!

I thought comedian/songwriter Josh Gardner was to open the show.  However, they played the title track to Mr. Stinkfinger via laptop and then Adam came out.  Josh’s comedy albums are available now… Mr Stinkfinger EP and Winter Bush:

Adam’s stand-up shows are basically 90-minutes.  They are sometimes free form, but this one seemed a little more planned, with a little thrown in as far as what happened to him this past weekend.

He walked out with an oatmeal cookie… with dried cranberries in it.  This opened up into a rant about the adding shit to shit and why we keep fucking good things up.  Next on his complain list was “Spring Forward,” and he went through a funny USA Today bit about what people would do with their extra hour (back in the fall).

He got off complaining for a bit to talk about a Leno show appearance with Queen Latifah.  She had been going on about “limin’,” which apparently is what they call “chillin'” in the Caribbean.  Adam’s bit after her was about children’s toys at Christmas, and how you need lineman dykes to cut the toys out of their boxes.  Apparently people got in a huff because they thought he was calling “Queen” a “limin’ dyke.”  Ah, good times.

Up next, a little bit about his NBC Celebrity Apprentice experience with a few clips from last night’s show (where he got fired).  Apparently Buick didn’t like his jokes.  Oh well… now once Penn Jillette gets fired, I can quit watching that rubbish.

Next he played a cartoon rendition of “Gay Eyes,” a made up movie that Adam worked up during a 2009 podcast with Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston.  I can’t find the cartoon-version on line anywhere, but I remember hearing it when it went down.  Here is the audio.

The next 45 minutes… what Adam is known for… more complaining.  No “what can’t Adam complain about” requests from the audience, but some pre-loaded hyper vigilance rants that hit on many topics: tagging the landscape in Los Angeles, buttons on car keys, shower handles in hotels, key cards in hotels, toys under sofas, custom shoes, WC Field’s smoking & drinking poster in the doctor’s office, L.A. ice cream truck, recumbent cyclists, Click-It or Ticket, auto flush toilets, the L.A. “river,” rescue dogs, and how Mexicans grieve.

He ended the show with a stroll through memory lane via his Social Security Statement.  From an astonishing $1k to $9k/year of earnings for most of the 80s to stardom in the mid 90s.  His “money can’t buy you happiness” was a nice, uplifting non-rant about applying yourself to work towards doing what you want to do.

Some of his stories were ones we’d heard before via the podcast or radio show… he was playing to his audience; so it was all good.  Adam is a busy guy… ever turning logs in the fire.  Keep up to date with him via the links below… and by all means, if you like to listen to podcasts, make room in your queue for what I consider to be one of the best / funniest ones out there.

The Appropriate Linkage:

Next show for me… Maynard James Keenan’s PUSCIFER on 3/14 in Portland.

~Dan – np: John ZornIAO: Music in Sacred Light

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Mitch Hedberg.net remodeled

16th May 11 (Mon) Leave a comment

MitchHedberg.net got a facelift from Lynn (no “e”).  Mitch died more than six years ago (3/30/2005).  His jokes will live on.  Go ahead and take a stroll down memory lane with the new content on the page…

http://mitchhedberg.net/

Also, check out some of the funny new Mitch merch…

Sorry for the convenience.

~Dan – np: The Lonely IslandTurtleneck & Chain

Conan O’Brien’s Prohibited Tour 2010

13th Mar 10 (Sat) Leave a comment

Late night comedic legend Conan O’Brien got booted from his late night gig, and is hitting the road… most of the shows are already on-sale (and sold out), but I’m sure more tickets will become available via legit (and otherwise) channels as the dates approach… they start off in my home town of Eugene.  Tickets sold out within hours.  D’oh!

Conan O’Brien PROHIBITED 2010 tour dates:
4/12, Eugene, OR (Hult Center for the Performing Arts
)
4/13, Vancouver, BC (Orpheum Theatre
)
4/16, Spokane, WA (INB Performing Arts Center)
4/17, Edmonton, AB (River Cree Resort & Casino
)
4/18, Seattle, WA (Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
)
4/22, San Francisco, CA (Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium
)
4/24, Universal City, CA (Gibson Amphitheater)
4/29, San Diego, CA (San Diego Civic Theatre)
4/30, Phoenix, AZ (Dodge Theatre
)
5/1, Las Vegas, NV (Pearl Concert Theater)
5/4, Reno, NV (Grand Sierra Resort and Casino)
5/5, San Jose, CA (San Jose State Event Center
)
5/6, Sacramneto, CA (Sacramento Memorial Auditorium)
5/9, Boulder, CO (Mackey Auditorium
)
5/10, Denver, CO (Ellie Caulkins Opera House)
5/13, Dallas, TX (McFarlin Auditorium)
5/14, Austin, TX (Austin Music Hall
)
5/15, Tulsa, OK (Brady Theater
)
5/16, Kansas City, MO (The Midland)
5/18, Minneapolis, MN (Orpheum Theater
)
5/19, Chicago, IL (Chicago Theatre)
5/22, Toronto, ON (Massey Hall)
6/1, New York, NY (Radio City Music Hall
)
6/4, Boston, MA (Wang Theater)
6/6, Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun Arena)
6/7, Upper Derby, PA (Tower Theatre)
6/8, Washington, DC (Dar Constitution Hall)
6/11, Manchester, TN (Bonnaroo Music Festival
)
6/14, Atlanta, GA (Fox Theatre)

~Dan – np: Charlotte Gainsbourg with BeckIRM

REVIEW: Bill Maher @ the Hult (Eugene, OR – 11/13/09)

14th Nov 09 (Sat) Leave a comment

I don’t have HBO, but my love for Bill Maher has grown exponentially in the past 2+ years with the advent of podcasts.  His HBO show, New Rules, gets released for free in audio version about a few days after it airs (iTunes link).  He’s right alongside Keith Olbermann & Rachel Maddow (both from MSNBC), George Hrab’s Geologic Podcast (not about geology), and Kevin Smith & Scott Mosier’s SModcast in mymust listen once they get downloaded” queue.

OK, enough podcast talk… I also love what Bill Maher did last year with his comedy / documentary Religulous.  It was more comedy than an actual documentary for me, and it was quite entertaining from a non-believers point of view.  While I don’t think it’ll change (m)any minds, I still enjoyed it quite well.

When Bill gets time off from his show, sometimes he hits the road.  When I found out about his Eugene date, I already had tickets to go see Cincinnati band Over the Rhine up at Portland’s Doug Fir Lounge.  I was torn.  I mean, I’ve seen Over the Rhine fifty times (no lie), but I really love them.  Well, my wife had a Eugene art community show conflict the same night as OTR; so I sold our tickets and opted for Maher instead (sorry, Karin & Linford, we’ll catch you next year).

There was no opener, and Bill Maher hit the stage right around 8:15 and did a solid hour and a half of his crude but poignant comedy.  He touched on many topics and comedic bits from New Rules… the economy, politics, religion, and food culture in America.

Some of my favorite bits were on religion, specifically the Mormontology bit, the Muslim Dior fashion show, and the Pope’s Facebook relationship status (“it’s complicated”).

Some of my favorite lines:

“Crocs – for people who find flip flops a little too dressy.”

“Those liberals, always wanting to get across the river in one piece.” (sarcastic re: the politics of spend, i.e.- wanting to build crazy things like infrastructure)

“The Republicans have looked to the future for their political leadership and found… radio.”

“Ronald McDonald has killed a lot more people than Osama Bin Laden.”

I don’t agree with all of Bill’s stances, specifically some of his thoughts on medicine.  I don’t think he’s being all too scientific in his vocal stance against vaccines, for example.  However, he really didn’t bring those topics up last night.

Overall, I think Bill Maher’s stand-up is a lot like George Carlin – many of the same topics – crude, cutting, and powerful humor.

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: A Perfect CircleMer De Noms

Get Cross…

27th Aug 09 (Thu) Leave a comment

David Cross was playing at the Newmark Theatre in Portland, OR, on a day that I already had local Eugene plans (Th, Sep 24 – Raquy and the Cavemen).  Well, David’s show sold out so fast that they added a 2nd show the next night (Fri, Sep 25)… yay!  Needless to say, I already blue my tickets this morning.

For your own 2nd Portland David Cross show tickets… GO HERE.

This is going to be two weeks in a row with four shows on consecutive nights… batch 1 (Sept 15-19): Porcupine Tree & That1Guy / Wynton Marsalis / Sunny Day Real Estate / Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (well, JFJO is a maybe as it’s the same day as PDX VegFest and we’re volunteering there early in the day), and then batch 2 (Sep 24-27): Raquy & the Cavemen / David Cross / Alice in Chains / Works Progress Administration (with Glen Phillips & Nickelcreek folks).

I wouldn’t have it any… other… way.  I do have a feeling that my concert reviews will suffer a backlog.  Anyway, I’ll take photos on shows I am able…

~Dan – np: Duran DuranAstronaut

REVIEW: Jerry Seinfeld @ Hult Center (Eugene, OR – 5/21/09)

21st May 09 (Thu) 1 comment

Mini-review…

It’s been a while since seeing Jerry Seinfeld live.  I was always a big fan of that television show that he was on… you know… um, what was it called?  Oh, yeah… Benson.  I hear he kinda “faded away” after that early-80s stint on Benson . ;)

The opener was Larry Miller.  He was the doorman on Seinfeld, plus he’s been in other television shows and movies (like Best in Show).  Funny stuff, but he only did about 20-25 minutes of material.  It was odd, because not even a minute later… on comes Jerry… at 7:28pm*…

Well, third time seeing him… Jerry did a lot of familiar jokes, and it was great.  Horse racing, cellphones, “going out,” old people in Florida, being a parent…  He did an hour’s worth of material, and then came back on for about 10 minutes of Q&A.  Complete with a classic “Hello, Newman.” :)

*- I only made note of the time as it shocked me that it was starting soooo early.

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: Dave DouglasSpirit Moves

Mitch Hedberg – Do You Believe in Gosh?

1st Sep 08 (Mon) Leave a comment

I feel fortunate enough to have seen Mitch Hedberg several times in SW Ohio & N.Kentucky before his untimely death (and even have the original/indie/cartoon drawing cover Strategic Grill Locations CD).

While his death came young [age 37], it wasn’t all that surprising.  Drugs took their toll on his life, but it might be said that drugs gave him the courage to even get up on stage.  Regardless of the ills or benefits drugs had on Mitch, his comedy is missed.  He was called the surfer/stoner Steven Wright.  I think that short-changed his uniqueness.

Apparently, two months prior to his death he recorded material that would become his last album.  Do You Believe in Gosh? comes out September 9th:

His other CDs:

Oh, and remember… if you have dentures, don’t eat artificial sweeteners, because then you’ll get a fake cavity!

Lots of new stuff in this clip:

~Dan – np: SModcast #63

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