Amy Schumer – TBS Just for Laughs Chicago

Last night I attended the TBS Just for Laughs show at Park West headlined by Amy Schumer. She’s got a real mouth on her. I was so excited to go I took a picture of my ticket! That’s like being so excited about your new car that you take a picture of the keys. Who does that?

I do:

When I arrived at the Park West there were a group of TBS employees congregated outside the entrance. They asked me if I would like to spin a prize wheel that hung from the back of one of the employees. I wouldn’t have been able to sleep knowing that I treated a human being like the wheel of fortune, so I declined the spin and went in without a prize (a fun size bag of M&Ms).

When I entered the venue I heard a lady say to the people in front of me that they had some reserved seats for the press. I couldn’t resist at least checking it out. I took the pass out of my pocket and put it around my neck like I belonged there. She walked me down to a booth with a “reserved” sign on it. Again, excitement overtook me and another picture was taken. This time I even Instagramed it. Do you realize how excited one has to be to take a picture of two pieces of paper and then take the time to make it look like it’s from 35 years ago?

I think I got there too early because I sat for about 25 minutes before the show started. I was in the booth by myself for 15 of those minutes. I got a good picture of a guy in front of me who was sporting a nice cookie duster. He looked a little like Matt Walsh, but it wasn’t him.

One last thing before the show started – A guy sat down next to me for 2 minutes, and he said, “Great show last night.” I was pretty confused. It was like the time I talked to my grandma on the phone and 5 minutes in I realized she thought I was my cousin who was in Florida. I just said, “Thank you” and looked the other way. He got up and found a new seat soon after.

Finally it was time for the show to start, but not before TBS showed a 2 minute commercial. Seriously.  And it was the one where they auto-tune clips from Conan, The Big Bang Theory, and Family Guy. Not a good way to get people excited for comedy. After a short M&Ms commercial the show began.

Eric Andre (bonus steesh)

Eric Andre opened the show. I did not recognize him, but later found out he is on Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23, of which I’ve seen a few episodes. He started slow, probably because he had to overcome a Big Bang Theory commercial, but also because his jokes were a little dated. He spoke of recently seeing the movie Precious and then did a bit about the TV show Cops. I don’t even know if it’s still on the air.

I don’t mind jokes about TV. I watch it a lot,  so I’m into that stuff. Last Saturday I estimate that I watched 14 hours of it. He picked up the pace with some ramblings about the SpikeTV show Manswers. He topped of the night reading a good text message conversations he had with an old fling’s boyfriend who was threatening him like a 1980’s movie bad guy. Overall I think he did a fine job for an opener.

Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer was on the 2007 season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, but her career really took off when she made a joke about then recently deceased Ryan Dunn. I saw her last summer during a taping of Doug Loves Movies. I knew she was a dirty comedian, but hearing her material proved it.

I enjoyed it very much, but I don’t want to offend anyone (my mom) so I’m not going to go into her act. I especially liked the way Amy handled a scantily dressed woman who wouldn’t delete a picture of her by asking her when the last time she saw her dad.

Amy is taping a special next weekend. I suggest you watch that when it comes out.

Overall, it was a nice experience. I only had to explain to one person that I was there to write about comedy for a site about mustaches.  Tonight I’ll see two shows – Stephen Merchant and Hannibal Buress. Check back tomorrow for another, most likely far less detailed report of my night.

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