Seriously, last night I laughed for nearly 90 minutes straight. Most amazingly, it was at a comedy club, a place I'm not usually inspired to laugh for so long and so hard.
But last night's semi-finals of the 32nd annual Seattle International Comedy Competition at the Comedy Underground was seriously one of the most consistently funny things I've ever seen in a comedy club. Of the nine comedians, seven were really, really good—smart, inventive, polished but relaxed, and so funny I all but forgot the two who made me want to hoot at their lameness.
But my personal fave of the night (which was literally a total sausage fest, with not one broad on the boards) was Will Weldon, a young L.A.-by-way-of-Canada comedian who got the night's second-highest score and told the first pro-transgender joke I've ever heard.
Actually, it was more of an anti-people-who-are-dicks-about-trans-folks joke, and in lieu of a transcript (I was drinking), here's a description, which will rob the joke of its comedy but will represent it accurately. Weldon started the bit by bringing up the lame-ass Hollywood-and-TV comedy trope in which a big douchey straight guy makes out with some super-hot chick, after which it is revealed that the super-hot chick is MTF trans, with the revelation immediately followed by footage of the douchey guy puking into a toilet over a laugh track.
Will Weldon calls bullshit: "You're throwing up because the girl you kissed used to be a guy? She used to be a guy. Past-tense." Weldon then pointed out that everyone in the world used to be a baby, and that kissing a person who used to be another gender doesn't make you any more gay than kissing someone who used to be a baby makes you a pedophile.
I did a lousy job relating this, but the whole joke made me want to buy him a yacht.