The drive from NYC to Montreal was a pretty sprinty one. Mainly because the car was full of great people that included a stop along the way at one of the sketchiest Chinese buffets ever witnessed. But as they say in Plattsburgh…”ehh”.
Upon arriving around 7pm and checking into our swanky hotel, which I’m told was pretty heavily remodeled since last year with even more swank added to it. We it the town running to the one of many new faces showcase and being able to catch sets from Ron Funches, Johnny Pemberton, Carl Donnelly, and Ryan Belleville.
After that, it was a walk through through the central gathering square of people, odd amenities, video gamers, and even a few random large-headed costumers. The goal of this walk to get to the Underworld for a “Eugene Mirman & Pretty Good Friends” showcase which, ya know featured Eugene Mirman and some comedians he knew. His Bob’s Burgers co-star Kristen Schaal showed up as well as Kumail Nanjiani, Arj Barker, and Reggie Watts. The trio kicked off the night with Eugene, Kristen, and Kumail jumping on the stage to intro the show, and joked about doing some “longform improv” before actually hitting it with stand-up.
After an hour of some seriously funny comedy, including Mirman discussing his infiltration of a Tea Party website we decided it was time to head to Katacombs for the Nick Thune and Anthony Jeselnik “Double Threat”. Dan Soder opened the night before the always-on Jeselnik delivered some of his great snark and announced, to our delight that he was going to give us some new material. For the sake of all humanity, we will not try to ruin for you but know that it’s great. After Anthony, it was time for Nick Thune to take the night home with some of his signature comedy-by-means of guitar which put a great bow on a strong first night of the festival. Tomorrow, it’s panel time, but damn are there some great ones lined up.