One of the great travesties of the last few years was when Showtime decided to cancel, The Green Room with Paul Provenza. Why? Because it’s one of the most interesting series for comedy fans to watch. Each show, host Paul Provenza would welcome a roundtable of comedians that would dive into comedy topics and talk shop about the artform.
The good news is festivals like SXSW allow for Provenza to keep the spirit of the show alive and host live versions at festivals. This time around, Provenza hosted a terrifically diverse panel of comedians that included Jim Breuer, Scott Aukerman, T.J. Miller, and Jay Oakerson. The panel praised comedians we lost and told stories, mostly about Patrice O’Neal whom Oakerson had a few good tales. Some comics on the panel also made sure the panel was just as “green” as it could be.
The panel dove deep into the type of comedy being performed, allowing Aukerman to talk about absurdist humor, something he’s currently dominating heavily with the Comedy Bang! Bang! properties. Breuer discussed his journey to get away from the “stoner humor” he’s been lumped into early on his career and how he’s getting back to his true roots as a family comic after a serendipitous conversation with Bill Cosby. T.J. Miller nearly took the co-hosting role by asking a tremendous amount of questions of the panel and keeping the conversation fluid.
While watching the panel it became apparent the world needs more moments like the Green Room provides. Many comedians find themselves talking about the art with their friends. But, to be able to do it when fans can listen in and get a look into the world, it allows for terrific conversation.