I went to see Joe Rogan on Saturday night. Joey Diaz opened up, Brian Redban did a guest set (he needs to do some more open-mic and go on stage more than every so often. It's bad when you go to a place like the Improv and know that you've done better as a newbie than the comic on stage...oh, to have friends in high places) and Brendan Walsh middled. Joey pretty much killed - it was strange hearing that voice in a good mood after hearing him fly off the handle so much on the podcast. Walsh was freaking hilarious - which was kind of a surprise since I always take him for kind of a dick when he's been on the JRE or Marc Maron's show.
Rogan destroyed. Totally and absolutely. All new material and I quite literally could not breathe for most of the show because I was laughing so hard. At one point I don't know if they were laughs or sobs because it actually started to hurt. The topics ran the gamut from tricking a dude into oral sex for a time machine, some light politics, to his wife's reaction to the Fleshlight being a sponsor of his show. It was kind of a big night for me personally as, and this isn't hyperbole, he kind of saved my life and his stand-up & podcast gave me a new direction when things got dangerously dark for me earlier in the year - and the night before I did my first booked, paid, and promoted stand-up gig. I even brought a poster with my name in the featured spot with a thank you note, but didn't get a chance to give it to him...oh well, next time. To put it into perspective for you guys - Joe Rogan is my MST3K.