PORTLAND – Somehow, it’s still sunny in Portland. The Comedy Gods are smiling upon us, you guys.
First stop for day two of Bridgetown was Lance Bangs Presents Come Laugh With Us at the Bagdad Theater. The line for this baby was around the block, because the show was packed with talent. Kristen Schaal, Fred Armisen, Jon Daly, Brett Gelman, Mike Lawrence, and of course, director Lance Bangs.
First up was Lawrence, who I hadn’t seen but who delighted me from the start. Part of the love I felt for him could have been the fact that he dressed like he was from Portland, likely it was because of his laid-back, comfortable delivery. There was a noticeably immediate kinship between him and the audience.
Next we saw Daly as BillCosby Bukowski, which fucking killed. That sweater and the poem “I Wish I Had Titties” had everyone in stitches right away. Gelman was next, and because Portland is full of masochists, his abusive delivery went over swimmingly. On a side note: I would like to watch him put on his pants because those bitches were tight.
Then, Bangs showed clips of previously unreleased video from his personal archives featuring Todd Barry, Jack Black, Paul F. Tompkins, Eugene Mirman, Mitch Hedberg, John Hodgeman, David Cross, Patton Oswalt and the cast of Paul. Seriously. All of that happened. The videos were exclusively shown at the festival, according to Bangs, and it was a lot to take in.
Of course, next was Armisen – who, thanks to Portlandia, every Portlander loves deep down but pretends they hate. Fred graced us with impressions of musicians, so he picked up the guitar, played drums and used his iPad to play some other jams. Fucking hipster. It was fantastic.
Finally, Schaal pranced on stage and everybody went nuts. She was just as adorable and hilarious as you could expect, and she convinced the organizers to give her an extra 10 minutes, which was a delicious treat. In that 10 minutes, she did a live reenactment of the book Little Matchbox Girl, and the audience lost their shit.
Next, I hit up Persona!, hosted by Tony Sam. This is a regular show in L.A. wherein all the performers come out as different characters, and it was a total riot. It starred Gelman, James Adomian, Daly, Ron Lynch and Johnny Pemberton. All of the guys were on point and what the audience seemed to really love was the interaction with the audience and the seemingly improvised topics they talked about. Adomian as Jesse Ventura nearly made me weep with laughter. I loved this show.
What people seemed to really want at Persona!, however, was Andy Dick. I had been hearing that his one-man show was going really well, but I was curious to see how he would do in this arena. Unfortunately, he did what a lot of people expected. The show started late and ran late – with Dick stumbling on stage as Daphne Aguilera.
Daphne was always my favorite of the characters on his old MTV show, and at first it seemed like he was playing along as a fumbling Daphne. But it became obvious that he was pretty messed up. Then, it happened.
A few minutes into the show, the makeshift skirt he had been wearing started to fall and I heard mumbles of prayers and shock in the theater. Dick was nude from the waist down – with nothing but a blonde wig and a tiny corset on. His member was taped back – so something tells me this was in the plan all along, but was simply executed incorrectly.
There’s really no way to come back from that, so I shuffled out of the theater and headed home.
I met up with some comics and took video yesterday, but we’re experiencing some technical difficulties with ye old computer – so those will hopefully be up between today and tomorrow.
Day three- let’s do this bitch!