Saturday, May 14, 2011
The great comedian, Paul F. Tompkins, performed two shows at the Parkway Theater. Because of a ticket purchasing procrastination problem, I missed my chance to purchase tickets to the originally scheduled 9 PM show but fortunately, Paul added a 7 PM show! I've only heard Paul a few times and have never seen him perform stand-up. His Pod F Tompcast is hilarious and he recently got a lot of laughs from afar when he was a call-in guest on Wits featuring Patton Oswalt.
Paul is booking his shows with the help of Facebook and the power of social networking to generate a fan base in a city who agree to attend the show. When 300 people pledge to go to a show in a particular city, Paul will book the gig. From following him on Twitter, it seems he is also trying to perform in atypical comedy venues. I think he had a hard time booking this particular show which bums me out because I would really like Minneapolis to be a place where artists can easily find a venue that matches their needs. I guess it all worked out and he performed at Pepito's Parkway Theater. This was my first time in the theater. The set up was a little odd, but fun- couches on the left and right sides of the stage and tables at the front with general admission in the theater seats.
The show itself started with Paul's impersonation of Ice T introducing Paul to the stage. What i love about Paul is that breaking character and laughing doesn't only makes the bit better. He seems to be having so much fun while performing that I can't help but want to join in on the fun. He then did about 15 minutes of stream of consciousness improvised comedy. This photo is while he was commenting on the excessive number of microphones on stage and his attempt to be the only comedian who performs with 3 microphones. Definitely a "you had to be there" moment to appreciate why that'd be funny. Another thing I liked about Paul's act is that he made an announcement that he was going to start his prepared material and while this would have been jarring and odd if a newer performer did this, he can pull it off. He spent the rest of the show taking us on a journey of his career. Perfect for this career counselor. It involved Hats in the Belfry, Beta and VHS videos, Tom Cruise, his critical role in There Will Be Blood, and Weird Al Yankovich. Tears were running down my face at times and I can't wait to see him live again. When I got home, I listened to him talk with Marc Maron on the WTF podcast which gave further insight into his career as a comedian.
Scott and I had Pepito's and Pumphouse Creamery before the show making this a great early evening date night!
I attempted my first 365 photo project in 2011. I made it to Day 246.
The Nivens Family