Greetings comedy fans, this weekend was snowy for us in the Northeast (when isn’t it lately) so I spent my Saturday watching the final countdown of Stand-up Showdown (you can see the results here) hosted by the one the many Nick Kroll characters. The segments were all a lead up to his special Thank You Very Cool. It was great to see the always funny Kroll and his cast of characters on TV, especially after interviewing him only days earlier. When Kroll said he wanted to make his special a “one man Muppet show,” he wasn’t kidding. In true Jim Henson style each “character” had an integral role in the special other than their bit, and served as a segue between elements of the special. Fabrice Fabrice ran the craft services table, Bobby Bottleservice acted as security, and El Chupacabra…was being El Chupacabra.
The only issue I had with the show was that their just wasn’t enough of anything to leave me satiated. Kroll’s biting and sardonic stand up had to split time with each of his brilliant characters, and since it had to be contained to a one hour special, all it made me do is await the DVD release with even more anticipation.
Following my awesome Saturday of stand-up, I turn on my TV on Sunday night and low and behold it’s Dan Whitney (or as you may know him Larry the Cable Guy) in one of his fifty thousand stand-up specials. Now I am not going to tow the party line of stand up bloggers and unleash massive hate balls on Larry..er..Dan. Yes, his comedy tends to appeal to the lower common denominator, and sure he has sold faster than Nascar mudflaps at a WalMart, and his character is percieved by some as “moronic”. But watching his stand-up made me realize a very simple thing…I need a DVR. Other than that though I realize that it is hard to hate on Larry the Cable Guy because let’s be honest, we are all jealous of him. He’s a comedian that is able to sell out hundred of consecutive dates, is loved by millions upon millions of people, and makes a great living off of it.
The fact that he is doing a “character” makes him no different Andy Kaufman, Nick Kroll, or Aziz Ansari, all of whom played characters that the audience reacts too (and not always ironically). His shows are attended by millions of people, and even though you might make the argument that anyone who attends a Larry the Cable Guy Show is an “idiot”, you can easily make the counter argument that “idiots need to laugh too.” Something that Larry has no problem doing.
It seems that his only crime is that he makes money…a crap ton of money. Which if we are honest with ourselves is the calling card of any comedian to be hated on by all of their peers.
The fact is ultimately I don’t find Larry particularly funny but for comedy snobs like me, guys like him and Jeff Foxworthy are like Combos cheese filled pretzels. Not something you want to broadcast to the world you love, but you have to admit they hit the spot from time to time…and go great with cheap beer.
COMEDY ON TV:
Monday, January 31st
Adam Sandler on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Larry The Cable Guy on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Amy Poehler, Tim & Eric on Conan
Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim on Conan
Billy Gardell on The View
Brad Wollack, Dov Davidoff, Natasha Leggero on Chelsea Lately
Tuesday, February 1st
Kevin Nealon, Jo Koy, Michael Yo, John Caparulo on Chelsea Lately
Nick Offerman on Conan
Wednesday, February 2nd
Jim Gaffigan on The Late Show With David Letterman
Kurt Metzger on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
Larry The Cable Guy on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Bill Bellamy, Chris Franjola, Whitney Cummings on Chelsea Lately
Thursday, February 3rd
Howard Stern on The Late Show With David Letterman
Dana Carvey on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Billy Gardell on Lopez Tonight
Larry The Cable Guy on Live With Regis And Kelly
Josh Wolf, Lavell Crawford, Heather McDonald on Chelsea Lately
Friday, February 4th
Finesse Mitchell The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Rob Brydon Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Saturday, February 5th
Dana Carvey (host) and Linkin Park (musical guest) on Saturday Night Live