The stars of IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! have been touring with guests including James Adomian, Kurt Braunohler, Tim Heidecker, Paul F. Tompkins, and an injured host, Scott Aukerman. Apparently, he broke his heel and sprained his ankle walking onto the stage at the second date of the tour and has been hobbling around ever since. Last night, I went to the first of two shows at Highline Ballroom and here are 5 reasons why you shouldn’t miss it.
Sneak Peeks. The night previewed clips from the season finales of Bunk and Comedy Bang! Bang! Spoiler alert: “Weird Al” attempts to break his accordion on the set of CB!B! and Reggie rocks with Tenacious D.
Audience Participation. We all know that stand up shows usually include crowd participation (usually not by choice). Aukerman had the privilege of explaining the rules of the venue to the crowd. After requesting a leader in case of a firefrom the crowd, the chosen one had to come up on the stage and prove to the crowd that he was responsible enough. The volunteer was asked to role play as a fireman, then as Scott’s wife (complete with a wig and make-up) so he could practice his marriage proposal, and lastly as a shirtless cow at therapy.
The Body. James Adomian’s impression of Jesse “The Body” Ventura really got the crowd going towards the end of the night. He came out onto the stage full of conspiracy theories and of course he voted third party in the ‘Would you rather?’ portion when asked if he would rather have the voice of Fred Schneider of the B52’s when mad, or shit his pants whenever happy.
Tim Heidecker. Tim stole the night with his nervous antics and great one-liners. 30 seconds didn’t go by where Tim wasn’t “fixing” the mic stand or knocking the stand over onto the audience into the front row while discussing topics such as Donald Trump for President and Coke vs. Pepsi. “Mayor Bloomberg? More like the mayor of blooming mushroom burgers…”
Special Guest Appearances: Bobby Moynihan came in during the podcast portion of the night as Fourvel, the 2 year old orphan. He was adorable and continually tried stabbing people with his many butter knives… Ya know, like he did to his father, Andrew Lloyd Weber. He’s like Fievel, but one less. Fourvel was asked to join a tag team with The Body so he had a family but instead, he stabbed the three and ran off with his sack full of clementines.