Posted in comedy | pictures on September 17, 2010

words & photos by David Andrako

"I will erase all of the fun that you've had tonight. You didn't pay to see me. I should do 40 minutes of broken jokes." Surprise headliner Louis CK

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival
Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

The first night of the 3rd Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival was billed as "An Evening of Comedy from 1986" and featured sets from Emo Phillips, Tony V, Larry Murphy, Ron Lynch and Jon Glaser. As mentioned above, Louis CK was the unannounced headliner and he worked out some new material in a 45 minute plus set. Eugene Mirman acted as emcee, dj and Teddy Ruxpin operator.

During the 10 minute walk from my apartment to The Bell House I surveyed the damage caused by the fast moving storms that tore through Brooklyn and Queens several hours before the show began. Downed trees, crushed cars and closed streets were rampant as residents were returning home to a neighborhood that was affected by one of the most powerful storms in recent history.

Eugene Mirman kicked off the evening with a 3D film that he made, offered the audience duck (which he'd ordered from a local Chinese restaurant) and directed everyone towards the merch tables which featured everything from festival posters to personal items that Eugene brought from his apartment and had priced "a little high, so that no one would buy them." Tony V, a Boston comedian whom Eugene admired as a young comedian, followed with a tight set that set the mood for the evening. Larry Murphy, another Boston comedian best know for his work on Adult Swim's "Delocated" and "Assy Mcgee", performed as "Sandy Gorbin" the world's greatest impressionist.

Ron Lynch, yet another Boston comic and one who was a working comedian in 1986 turned in a varied set that featured jokes from his 1986 set, slight of hand magic and the playing of Louis CK's 1986 audition tape that Louie recorded in an attempt to be booked at Ron's comedy club. Louie interrupted Ron's set and chastised him for playing the tape and retreated backstage. Dr. Attitude aka Jon Glaser (aka the creator of Delocated) appeared on stage in doctor's scrubs with FUCK YOU spelled out in electrical tape and Van Halen's "Panama" as his intro song. Glaser's attitude heavy set ended with him mocking the audience and interrupting Eugene as he introduced Emo Phillips, the much beloved comedian. Emo, making his first appearance at the festival, was a ball of manic energy that worked his way through topics including religion, greeting cards and marriage. His 20-minute set was punctuated by biting social commentary mixed in with clever wordplay and a stage presence that could best be described as elastic.

Louis CK, one of the most respected working stand-ups today, closed the show with a set of new material that was both familiar and fresh. Unafraid to attack the audience Louie pointed out that "You all hate everything real. You're a bunch of meta motherfuckers" as he worked through material as varied as the origins of the Roman calendar and back to school clothes shopping with his daughters.

The Festival continues through Sunday, the 19th with 8 additional shows at The Bell House, The Rock Shop and Union Hall. Some shows are sold out, but others still have limited tickets available.

More pictures from last night, below...

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Tony V

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Larry Murphy

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Jon Glaser

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Emo Phillips

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Louis CK

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

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Comments (14)

Louis CK is the MAN! Absolutely love that guy. What a great surprise for the people there.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2010 11:05 AM

FUCK. sooo regretting not going now

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2010 11:12 AM

Was there hummus?

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2010 11:16 AM

Hey BrooklynVegan, you dont live in williamsburg? wow.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2010 11:29 AM

so pumped for sunday night

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2010 11:30 AM

Louis CK is a miserable bastard.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2010 11:32 AM

...unless he is eating duck vaginas. then happy happy ck.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2010 11:34 AM

Really awesome to see a comedian like Louis working through new material, checking his notes, riffing, etc. Great insight into his process. Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival is a damn good reason to not be cynical about Brooklyn. Epic night last night.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2010 11:36 AM

the last two episodes of Louie proved that he is the greatest working comedian today

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2010 11:36 AM

Pootie Tang. Enough said.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2010 12:16 PM

who's the special guest 2night? sarah s?

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2010 12:23 PM

I hope tonights guest is the original hummus guy.

Posted by Original hummus fan | September 17, 2010 12:38 PM

what an odd lineup...tony V and ron lynch were pretty awful (with the exception of ron's 'hall of presidents' bit). glaser and CK were excellent, of course - CK saved the evening from being somewhat of a flop, despite his repeated 'i could ruin the whole show' - no, he couldn'tve. larry murphy's act was pretty excellent as well.

emo phillips, well...i guess it's a nostalgia thing.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2010 4:24 PM

Does CK have blackmail on the entire male 18-35 demographic?!? The guy is not funny yet gets his dick sucked more than any comedian around.

Could somebody please point me to the kool-aid as I really want to like the guy but just don't think he's all that great.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2010 4:33 PM

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