Theater Robin Williams Crashes Laff Hole
posted by July 17 at 14:10 PMon
Last night, at approximately 10 pm, approximately 100 people simultaneously texted me the precise location of Robin Williams: Laff Hole, Re-bar, sitting in the back. So I went. There he was.
Photos by Christopher Frizzelle.
Old Man Williams sat through the show, laughed a little at some things and laughed a lot at others, including Face Off, the Laff Hole version of a staring contest: Two comics stand toe to toe and try to make each other laugh with short phrases. The first one to laugh or break eye contact loses. From last night’s Face Off, between a man and a woman whose names I didn’t catch:
Man: “Gestapo casual Friday sweater.”
Woman: “Short bus orgy.”
Old Man Williams loved “short bus orgy.” Loved it. Clapped, shouted, quoted it later in the evening.
Man: [Makes the cunnilingus, tongue-between-fingers gesture]
Woman: In your dreams.
Man: I’ve had nightmares.
The woman broke. The man won.
The last comic of the evening was Ross Parson, a sad-sack comedian whose best joke is: “Stuttering only helps beat-boxers.” It was his 21st birthday and, just before his set, Old Man Williams jumped on stage to sing him happy birthday and talk for awhile.
It was precisely what you’d expect: manic riffing, jumping between characters (the Angry Scotsman, the Sibilant Gay Man), jokes about anal sex and Seattle (“it’s like San Francisco, but without as much money”). He showed off his calves. He grabbed his tail.
“Comedy is born—and aborted—in rooms like this!” Old Man Williams shouted. People went bananas. He went bananas.
The People’s Republic of Komedy sent a dictate this morning saying Old Man Williams might return to do a longer set in the coming weeks but didn’t explain why he showed up in the first place. Just passing through? Scouting for talent? Or scouting for jokes?
He does have a reputation as a joke rustler. (Radar wrote about it last year.) So if you hear “short bus orgy” in Patch Adams II, you’ll know where it came from.
More photos after the jump.
He complimented the comic preceding him: “If Angelina Jolie hadn’t had a child she’d look like this. And she’d adopt all you fuckers.”
Solomon Georgio, winner of last year’s Stranger Gong Show, at Laff Hole last night: