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A Quick Review Of Last Sunday

Hey, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab.

I spent all day Sunday painting the Labs. Yes, that’s right. Painting. Making the place nice for the first time in a long time. Nine hours of painting in an effort to get it all finished at once. And I followed that up by going over to the Wiltern Theater, where I spent about four hours backstage with Mr. Show, Kids In The Hall, Janeane Garafolo, Robert Smigel and Triumph The Insult Comic Dog, as well as a number of guests. It was a great evening, and I’ve got a report coming on the whole thing.

For now, here’s a great quick review someone sent me earlier today:

Salutations Harry,

I haven't seen any reviews on your site for what was probably one of the greatest nights of comedy ever... I'm talking about THE CLASH OF THE TITANS... Mr. Show, Kids in the Hall, Janeane Garofalo, and Triumph all in the same room for one cause to fight Autism. Let me just say, never in my life have I laughed so hard or so long. The poster advertises 2.5 hours of comedy, but the show went on for more than three, and by the time it was over I needed a new pair of pants.

Paul F. Tompkins MCed the night, he was pretty funny at first, but his interludes between acts became stale after a while. The show opened up with Paul introducing the chick that opens up all the Mr. Show shows (the name escapes me at the moment), she comes out does a cartwheel and falls flat on her ass, hops up and says she has a letter from the Kommisioner of Komedy (thats with a K) and pulls out the letter and says "Hey Everybody... It's Bob and David." Mr. Show came out and did at least a 45 minute live version of their awesome HBO sketch comedy show. They did such sketches as "The Audition" and "Talk Show Lifeboat". The timing and speed of their delivery was unbelievable. They were the main reason I wanted to go to the show, and I wasn't disappointed at all.

After Mr. Show, Janeane Garofalo did a 25-30 minute standup set. She was funny, but I kinda felt bad for her having to follow up those guys. After her set, there was a 15 minute intermission where there was a raffle.

So then Paul came back out and introduced Triumph, who had just a great set. Highlights from his set were the song "Cats are Cunts" sung with Garofalo and McCulloch, and also him insulting Arli$$ and then having Robert Wuhl come out and take the verbal ass rape in person.

After Triumph, Kids in the Hall came out. What can I say about these guys that hasn't probably already been said. They are fucking geniuses. Their sketches just go on and on and never cease to surprise you. The highlight of their set was probably the ten minute fucking session between Scott Thompson and Kevin McDonald (you had to be there it was unreal). After them, everybody in the entire show came out on stage and did a song, with David Cross personally thanking Bob Odenkirk for putting together the show single-handedly. All in all, it was a great night. I wish I could remember every single detail to share with you all. I will leave you with this... Cats are Cunts.

Call me Mr. Kids in the Show

Because I was Bob Odenkirk’s guest, I got an amazing view of this thing. I was allowed to pretty much roam wherever I wanted during the entire show, and as a result, I was able to see just how hard Bob worked at pulling together this enormous, at times unweildy, last minute sort of event. He did an amazing job, and it sounds like it was a blast to watch from the audience.

And, yes, Triumph completely stole the evening from everyone. I’ll transcribe some of the majestic filth later, but what can you say about a set that opens with a Doberman puppet “buttfucking Ernie from SESAME STREET,” and ends with him doing the same to a Teletubbie? This was something you can’t see on CONAN O’BRIEN... that’s for sure.

"Moriarty" out.

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  • Nov. 22, 2002, 5:27 a.m. CST

    I was there, and this dude is totally wrong....

    by Keyser195

    But not about the show being hilarious. Mr. Show, which I'd seen live about a month ago at UCLA, was sort of off this evening. Certainly, their timing was far from perfect, and a lot of jokes that are funny on the show sort of missed the mark. However... Garofalo kicked ass! She was hilarious, especially a bit about Charlie's Angels and Drew Barrymore's feeble attempt at moonwalking. Priceless! Otherwise, this review was right on. Triumph was fantastic, and the Kids were brilliant as always, including in an original sketch called "A Place to Sit."

  • Nov. 22, 2002, 5:27 a.m. CST

    I'm tickled that you're tickled

    by Silvio Dante

    But there is not a chance for any of us to see this thing. Or did they film it? It was a one shot, right? Or is it like an ongoing thing?

  • Nov. 22, 2002, 6:07 a.m. CST

    And the point of this?

    by Heleno

    I am sure y'all had fun, but none of us will ever see this so its kind of a slap in the face to post a review.

  • Nov. 22, 2002, 7:28 a.m. CST

    If it wasn't for charity, I'd have felt ripped off.

    by Zartan

    It seems like the MC was the only guy even trying. The Mr. Show skits were lame, Garafolo was alright (far from her best), Triumph ran a little long (cool cameo by Robert Wuhl and a fun duet with McCullough's Cabbage head), and the KITH were downright disappointing. They ARE "fucking geniuses" and they put on a show a couple of years back (also at the Wiltern) that blew the "Clash of the Titans" away. Not to mention technical difficulties throughout the show. Audio cutting out during every other skit, bad sound mixing, even during the musical finale with all the performers and guests. It was sloppy, poorly (if) rehearsed and anyone who praises it is either easily entertained or is kidding themselves, having WANTED to like it. Who can blame them with a lineup like that? Maybe all of their talents negated each other when they assembled under one roof. Bottom line...if you weren't there, you didn't miss anything.

  • Nov. 22, 2002, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Kids in the Hall

    by Glass

    Those guys are definitely geniuses, but I don't agree that the length of their skits adds to the comedy. I have never seen them live, but I've watched the show a lot, and sometimes the skits are just too long. The humor is slowly sapped out as the minutes tick by. SNL and Mad TV do that as well...they let a skit go on for just a little too long. That's not to say the KITH aren't amazing. They are. They just need a stopwatch sometimes.

  • Nov. 22, 2002, 10:58 a.m. CST

    puppets humping is funny?

    by yankeessuck

    maybe in grade school.

  • Nov. 22, 2002, 2:19 p.m. CST


    by Motutoo

    Yep, I'm also wishing Mr. Show made it to Phoenix w/ Hooray for America. I'm a recent transplant and have come to realize this is a cultural as well as a physical desert. Hopefully Mr Show will stop by when they (hopefully) go out on tour again. Anyone know about future Mr. Show DVDs? Moriarty, has Bob-O ever mention anything about this?

  • Nov. 22, 2002, 2:21 p.m. CST

    repetition is good

    by Motutoo

    maybe if I say "hopefully" a few more times it will happen...

  • Nov. 22, 2002, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Thats strange, I thought Elmo would've been the one to get the s

    by NeofromtheMatrix

    "Tickle me, big boy! Harder! HARDER!!" - I know Kung Fu.

  • Nov. 22, 2002, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Why didn't they tape this?????

    by BillBrasky2620

    If HBO or Comedy Central didn't want to air it, they could easily release it on DVD. I would gladly pay to see it. They should know there is an audience out there that would be eager to see it- the Mr. Show DVDs sold very well, and I enjoyed the Kids in the Hall "Same Guys, New Dresses" DVD also. Failing that, someone should have videotaped it so that it could leak out over the net. Was videotaping allowed at the show?

  • Nov. 22, 2002, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Heleno: The Point of this was....

    by Funketeer

    To let us all know that Moriarty was walking around backstage and that he "knows" Bob Odenkirk.

  • Nov. 22, 2002, 8:22 p.m. CST


    by Fitzroyce

    Suppose I was the only one reading this expecting to see an in-depth debate on Harry Hamlin's bouffant. "I had the pear dream again..."

  • Nov. 22, 2002, 9:25 p.m. CST

    "They taught a dog to smoke you know! Yeah! And they taught hi

    by Elgyn6655321

    "Ohhhh, Comedy Central! WORMS IN MY STOOL HAVE SHOWS ON COMEDY CENTRAL"!! P.S. - somebody bring back MST3K please!!

  • Nov. 23, 2002, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Had the great pleasure of seeing MR SHOW live

    by Ronnie_Dobbs

    And KIDS IN THE HALL, but toogether? AUUGH!!! Who do I have to kill? This should be a tour. TITANICA RULES!!!

  • Nov. 23, 2002, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Yes, puppets humping are funny.

    by Three Quarks

    And Spock ate my balls.