Scott Aukerman’s Comedy Bang! Bang! is an exercise in the sublimely weird. Aukerman has always had a way to offer a twisted skew on all things comedy with his guests. At a (completely full for an early 4pm recording), Aukerman brought the fun and charm of the podcast to the live stage at SXSW. To help him navigate the waters of Austin, Aukerman brought out to other comics to help him out. Jonah Ray (1/3 of the Nerdist podcast) and Adam Cayton-Holland (1/3 of the Grawlix) the three men on stage quickly realized that they should start their own trio of something. With Aukerman deliberately asking the most feigned-of-interest questions to Ray and Cayton-Holland who were more than willing to bat similar answers right back at the show’s host.
Then, just as the podcast seemed to be a normal live recording, things were disrupted… by the Sheriff of Nottingham. Specifically, James Adomian, in all of his wonderful impression-like glory coming to the stage dressed as the Sheriff. More specifically the Alan Rickman/Robin Hood Prince of Thieves version of the Sheriff of Nottingham. With about 10% more flamboyance added for good measure.
After a painfully funny few minutes of Adomian running wild with the character with everything from the wig, bulge-revealing tights, to English trill. He was most funny when he was the most outrageous as the other comics allowed the space for it, adding jokes where needed. SXSW stood for “sexualllll” in his mind and everything took off from there. Adomian as the Sheriff of Nottingham might been the funniest moment of SXSW thus far and we’re only a few days into the week.
CB!B! rounded out the evening of one if its signature games, “Would You Rather.” As the show wrapped, we headed into the festival with a bigger smile on our faces than upon first entering, knowing that one of our comedy institutions is still just as great as ever.
Comedy Bang! Bang! is a must-listen podcast for any comedy fan. Do yourself the favor and visit its website for details on both the podcast and IFC show.