Last night, The Laugh Button took a trip to 155 East 3rd Street NYC for Comedy Central’s new bi-monthly comedy show at UCBeast, “Corporate Retreat.” What a better way to start the week before New York Comedy Festival? As expected, Comedy Central recruited a great line up for the night: Wyatt Cenac (correspondent and writer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), John Mulaney (writer on Saturday Night Live, first one-hour Comedy Central stand-up special to debut in January), John Roberts (voice of Linda on Bob’s Burgers), Kurt Metzger (Ugly Americans), Amy Schumer (Comedy Central’s Roast of Charlie Sheen) and Dan Soder the emcee for the night. So how do I put the night’s funniness into tangible terms? My Laugh Button was pressed like 43 out of 50 times.
Comedy Central introduced their show with a hilarious original video from The Daily Show producer Oren Brimer. The video brought us a day in the life at Comedy Central’s corporate offices where “employees” such as Robert Kelly, Joe Mande, Rachel Feinstein, Matt McCarthy, Gilbert Gottfried, and Jason Jones walk around filing documents, answering the phone, and playing ping pong. It was a hilarious sight and a great addition to the several stand-up performances of the night. The main take away: Comedy Central is funny because its employees are funny. Makes sense.
Not only was Dan Soder a great MC, his routine killed as he discussed the downsides of reaching twenty-eight years old and the frustrations of waiting tables where “twenty-two year old business boys” act like assholes. Interestingly, Wyatt Cenac, thought to be the show’s headliner, went on immediately after Soder. As Cenac explained, he had a Philadelphia Eagles game to catch. I’m sure many fans of football understand. Though he rushed in some aspect, Cenac was still quite the “Comedy Person.” Next up, John Mulaney hit the stage full of energy and proceeded to tell the best story of Bill Clinton I’ve ever heard, which reminds me, Bill Clinton is the guest on tonight’s Daily Show with John Stewart.
Then, just when the energy was high, “Pauly P” came out telling some of the worst hack jokes I’ve ever heard. It was awesome, mostly because it wasn’t really Pauly P; it was John Roberts acting like Pauly P; one of Roberts’ several goofy characters. Though the John Roberts characters were raunchy at times, it certainly opened the door for Kurt Metzger to make fun of the city of San Diego, hipsters, over-privileged kids, and rape, which in turn, definitely opened the door for Amy Schumer to talk about sexcapades.
Overall, the “Corporate Retreat” was far from your typical corporate retreat, and it was only five dollars. Secondly, it takes place every other Monday at UCBEast, one of the newest and greatest places for comedy in New York City. If you haven’t made the trip to the new LES venue yet, it’s almost right next door to Two Boots pizza so if you’re in the New York area on November 21st, grab an awesome slice of pizza and follow it up with a “Corporate Retreat” show. For more information, visit the UCBEast website.