Kevin & Bean's April Foolishness - Shrine Auditorium - April 5, 2014
Benson is stellar at crowd work and this time around, he didn't let us down by riffing about how he hoped the balcony would fall on the crowd below and smash them all (he's only kidding of course, "he's a comedian"), yelling at people to settle down, roasting the other comics. He even picked on Mike Relm by saying, "he was fake laughing all night, especially at Patton singing that Frozen song." He later gave a proverbial "high five" to Patton agreeing with him that "the drunks in the close rows suck" and mentioned that it was a "nut festival" due to all of the people in the front wearing shorts. Such a skillful set from an unbelievably high comic. How he keeps it together the world may never know but, it is absurdly enjoyable to watch him do it that's for sure!
After the return of KROQ favorite Ralph Garman, a shoeless Tim Minchin hit the stage. He started off with a poem called "Angry" that he wrote because his therapist suggested it and to be clear, he catches a case of full on Tourette's during it. Seriously brilliant. His facial expressions made everything come together and for the people who weren't familiar with this man before, they certainly became captivated by his every word. Minchin dazzled the scene by taking to his piano (YESSS!!!) and crooned a song about his wife and also a "love song" that included some ideas of what you'd do "if you really loved him like you say you do." You know, like videoing yourself peeing while standing up, letting him wear your underwear, purchasing forty cockatoos and teaching them to fly so they could shit the words "Tim is God" on his ex-girlfriends Hyundai, and sticking a finger up his bum because he heard it's surprisingly fun. Hey, we're not here to judge. OK we sort of are judging so we'll just leave it at, Minchin is fantastic. And that judgment was not overruled by the fans.
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Kevin and Bean returned to thank everyone once again and to bring out Eddie Ifft to cap off the long night of epic joke slinging. Yeah the audience was boisterous pretty much all night and with the drunkards tired but still in party mode, Ifft slayed the viewers with his no holds barred comedy. Holy shit there is no topic that will be left unturned when Eddie hits the stage and while he mentioned that he wasn't originally supposed to headline, everyone (and I do mean everyone) was happy that he did. The response to the words that came out of his mouth was overwhelming. He threatened the disorderly people by telling them to "shut the fuck up or I'll come up there and pistol whip you with my cock," bagged on his own last name saying that "Ifft" sounds like a slow leaking fart, and brought up that he loves to use the word "faggot" often to "take the power out of the word."
Of course he also mentioned that he doesn't use the "N" word because he isn't scared of gays. (At that point a literal tear shot out of my eye because I laughed so hard.) He threw in an awesome Kobe rape joke, waxed poetic on a recent trip to India and how all of the adventures he had ended in diarrhea, how he handles "after sex crying," and gave a shout out to Brad Williams (who was sorely missed from the line-up this year) before leaving the stage. If four words could explain his presence it would be, "Eddie Ifft is magnificent."
Insert uproarious applause and the show was over.
Critic's Bias: With this being the first year that April Foolishness was held at the Shrine, I was worried about how it would all go down. That being said, it went off without a hitch. If I may add a tip (I'm doing it anyway so you really have no choice), pay the extra money for the VIP tickets. The Shrine had an AWESOME "VIP party area" with minimal lines to private bars and a full on spread of free food that was delicious. Also, a lot of the KROQ crew and comics were back there rubbing elbows with us "common folk" which gave everyone a chance to gush about what big fans they are and take photos.
The Crowd: These people were a perfect mix of young and old, dressed up and dressed down and as always, they were ready to party. Also, almost everyone was talking "selfie" upon "selfie."Enough already! While they were about 90% well behaved I will say this, the other 10% of the audience was pretty fucking despicable. Now I might be somewhat of a comedy snob BUT, yelling out "you suck" or "get the fuck off the stage" is super disrespectful and ruins it for the rest of the people at the show. OK. I guess this is more of a PSA but really folks who just have to yell out, YOU shut the fuck up.
Overheard in the Crowd:
"The crowd was electric tonight at the Shrine!"
"WE LOVE YOU RALPH!!!"
"First I had to wait in line to get in and now I have to wait in line for the bathroom? Mother fucker!"
"Holy shit Eddie Ifft is so funny! OPRAH'S NIPPLE!!"
Random notebook dump: I swear the couple sitting next to me laughed harder and louder than a ton of people in the building. At times it literally shook my chair because they were so involved in cracking up. Now, it could've been all of that booze they were pounding (and I noticed a TON of booze being pounded) but, I'm pretty sure the comics had a little more to do with it. Props to the chick too for asking me if her perfume stunk also after she paid $1 for a spritz from the bathroom attendant. Heads up girl, it did. Kidding...kinda.