I’ve been listening to the Nerdist podcast for a while, and it’s pretty funny. Chris Hardwick is the host, and he’s also a stand-up comedian. Since I had been listening to his podcast a lot and a lot of the episodes involve him talking about stand-up, when I found out he was doing a show in New York I bought a ticket.
On my way into the place, he was actually hanging out in the lobby, which I thought was really cool. They kicked me out of line to throw away my soda, and when I got back in, he was gone, though. At the end of the show he mentioned he would be out there again, but I didn’t really have anything to say to him, so I didn’t stick around.
The opener was a writer for The Daily Show, and he wasn’t great. When Chris came out, he started off rocky, too, but turned it around pretty quick. There was some fan-service stuff that was kid of lame, but for the most part, the show was great. At the end he brought Mike Phirman out, and they sang two songs which were both really funny.
The venue was pretty terrible. They missed the queue for the intro music, and then at the end, the last song was a gag involving subtitles on the screen behind them, but the projector was setup so that it cut off half the text. I don’t think I would go back there, unless I REALLY wanted to see whoever was there. But then I probably wouldn’t go back to a venue just to be at the place, anyway.
All-in-all, it was absolutely worth only 25 bucks to see him, and I would definitely go see his stand-up again.