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Friday, March 5, 2010

Last Night: Brian Posehn, Remy Menasifi, Connor Kellicut at Cobb's

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Brian Posehn, Remy Menasifi, Connor Kellicut
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Cobb's Comedy Club

Better than: Having other weird dudes with "pot tits" try to make you laugh.

Last night, two of the three comedians at Cobb's may have been fathers, but that didn't mean they acted like grown men. Sure, Sarah Silverman Program regular Brian Posehn is tall enough that he actually becomes Sasquatch when he makes fun of himself as a monster, and local guy Connor Kellicut has the sort of proud beer gut only years of don't-give-a-shit drinking can build on a man. But their jokes are all about moving backwards toward perpetual adolescence, to a place where weed, video games, jacking off, and general irresponsibility rule over BabyBjorn carriers. (Unless, as Posehn noted later, those BabyBjorns are being used during the zombie apocalypse. Then they're pretty cool). And as their well-received routines proved, dumbing things down to the basics is universally funny--in the right hands. Plus, one lucky comedian just might score some free weed after the show if he talks about it enough.

Kellicut is a San Francisco local, and he commanded the stage with a regular dude confidence that got the room in the mood for Family Guy humor. He opened with a lot of the same material he delivered during Sketchfest, but somehow it was funnier this time around. He seemed less nervous at Cobb's. His bits about wishing everyone was happy as a dog (where, for example, you'd turn down a buddy's offer to hang out because you just got a new chew toy..."and it's shaped like a newspaper!") and wishing there was a job for someone skilled at backhanded punches were slyly clever. 

He was also a good match for Posehn, who turns his personal life into a punching bag for the audience's delight. The headliners' blows aren't backhanded, though--they're straight knockouts. Whether he's calling himself Beaker from The Muppet Show, or joking that he can never wear overalls and a mask, "not even on Halloween," he gets the laughs because he's so sure of himself, even when he's calling himself a freak. 

Of course, it didn't hurt that Posehn opened by offering himself up for hanging out after the show--with a couple ground rules. You couldn't try to use him as a middleman to try and "fuck Sarah Silverman." ("I'm not going to go back to LA and say, 'Hey Sarah, some guy at the O'Hare Airport, with bigger pot tits than me and a mustache that smells funny....wants you"). You could offer him pot, to be smoked, say, in the back alley. Of a comedy club. But you had to be holding. ("You can't just say, 'Hey, you want to get high?'  and when I say, 'Sure,' You say, 'Me too.""). 

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