Author: Rachel Jensen

King of The Hill: The Complete 11th Season

King of The Hill: The Complete 11th Season

King of The Hill: The Complete 11th Season
Olive Films/ 20th Century Fox

Street: 08.25

“I tell you whut…” King of The Hill stands up as one of the funniest animated shows for adults. The best part is that the older I get, the funnier it is. Back in the day when Hank Hill was just a minor character in Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butthead arsenal, I could have never imagined that as an adult I would actually end up knowing people like Mr. Hill. I know Utah doesn’t quite equate to Texas, but the smaller the town you live in here, the more Hill families you know. Hell, you may BE a Hank, Peggy, LuAnne or Bobby. Whether you are laughing with them, or at them, I guarantee you are still laughing.

The 11th season originally aired on Fox the first half of 2007. It’s highly possible that some of the people going out to buy this 2 disc DVD pack weren’t even old enough to be allowed to watch it when it hit the airwaves. You can, at long last, tell your mom to cool it, as it is relatively tame compared to most other cartoon shows for adults, and is especially more kid-friendly than its source material. You could watch this season with your cooler relatives and older kids (the younger kid-folk might not understand most of the humor), or you could turn it into a drinking game with your buddies. For example, take a shot every time Hank cries out in horror, or Peggy botches Spanish. You’ve got a lot of opportunities for all the Hill-isms as each episode basically centers around a different character.

The season starts off with one of my all-time favorite King of The Hill episodes: The Peggy Horror Picture Show. No, it’s not a musical (thank god). Peggy finds a new shoe store, that just happens to cater to a more “fabulous” crowd. Knowing both her and Hank’s tender sensibilities, they are oblivious to the fact that the new friend Peggy brings home from this store selling enormous women’s shoes is, in fact, a transvestite. The episode is actually very open, frank, and understanding. It’s not her friend Carolynn that is discriminated against for being a man in lady’s clothing, it’s Peggy that feels the brunt of otherness for being a biological woman. The idea of drag as an art form isn’t played up for cheap laughs, and it’s surprisingly progressive and inclusive. The lesson is overwhelmingly feminist—that ladies come in all shapes and sizes, and femininity is in the eye of the beholder. After 10 previous seasons joking about Peggy’s enormous man-like feet, she is finally vindicated and allowed to be the woman she is.

Stick around for other episodes like “Serpunt,” where Hank and Dale lose Bobby’s new pet snake in the sewer system. Best part: laugh giddily like I did to LuAnne screaming “It knows I’m a Christian!” as the snake comes toward her. You’ll go on to learn a little more about Bill Dauterive’s backstory on his family and the history of his amazing barbeque sauce. Connie and Peggy team up to sell houses in “Glen Peggy Glen Ross,” and every time “squid boat” is yelled out, it becomes funnier and funnier. On disc two, Bill gets an unlikely girlfriend that freaks out the entire town, and Hank has some amazingly cringe-worthy awkward moments. For video game fans looking for some 2007 nostalgia, Peggy gets a little addicted, and the games are just how I remember them. She’d probably be lining up this year for Fallout 4. And, oh hey, LuAnne finally gets married!

If you are a fan of King of The Hill, or even if you have never bothered checking it out, get this season. It’s got a little something for everyone, and it’s not terribly offensive so that it can be enjoyed by all ages and levels of swears. Plus, you get bonus comedy factor if you can picture your neighbor, co-worker or weird cousin in one of the roles. Texas might, in fact, do things a little bit bigger, and Mike Judge has always done comedy in his own sardonic, genius way. –Rachel Jensen

Iron Man Mopeez Plush

Iron Man Mopeez Plush

Iron Man Mopeez Plush
Funko

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“I am PLUSHY MAN.” It has a certain undeniable ring to it, an authority and bravery that is unmatched in the world of little miniature super heroes. While others remain tiny little softies, the Funko Mopeez Iron Man plushie rises to the challenge to defeat even the most menacing of plastic action figures, big or tall. No enemy is too fierce for the cunning and skill of the man in the fuzzy polyester outer suit. His heart may be synthetic, and he may be filled with hundreds of plastic pellets, but make no mistake, this little warrior is made of what it takes to conquer anything, from the cubicles of your office building, to the living rooms in a city near you. Plushy Iron Man is determined to keep our streets safe from any obstacle, super-villain, or obsessive stapler collecting co-worker. He comes fully equipped with a menacing gaze and an officially licensed Marvel butt tag.

Our adventures for the day started off with conquering one of the fur beasts in his new lair. At first, the fur beast (affectionately named Peaches) was reluctant to allow this intruder near her. She batted at him with her sharp beast-claws and the Funko Mopeez Iron Man plushie remained still and fearless while she sniffed and investigated him up close. The best thing about this Iron Man plushie is his sharp sense of humor, and clever quips which make him oh-so-human in the face of grave danger. Her hardened temper was no match for his soft fuzziness, and she eventually melted into submission, cuddling plushy Iron Man for a solid 20 minutes before accepting him as an ally and friend.

Once the kitty—er, beast—fur was easily wiped free from plushy Iron Man, he tried out his flying skills around his new lair. The upside of this flight training was that his plushy-ness aided in the durability of certain landmarks in the lair. The flower vase, the flat screen global defense monitor, the delicate framed art—adding style and grace to the surroundings—were all unharmed in the event that the landing gear or quick maneuvering capabilities failed (i.e. I flung him a little too hard across the room).

Iron Man Mopeez PlushHe began to meet his other new partners in thwarting criminal activities in his cool new downtown Salt Lake City lair. He was fairly uninterested when meeting the plastic, dollar-store ninja twins. When introduced to Totes-Adorbs, the Hamtaro plushy, he blushed a little bit, and turned a deeper shade of soft poly fuzz. However, it wasn’t until he met mini-action-figure Deadpool that things really kicked off. The two had a raucous Gentleman’s party while I ducked away to work for a few hours. This was evidenced by the streamers, top hats and empty champagne bottles that littered the living quarters. If anyone asks, I have no idea how they procured that many bottles of bubbly, and I stand firm that I was not able to enjoy any of it before those two finished it off. To my absolute pleasure, they did not shirk from their duties even when enjoying their festivities, because I was surprised to find a nice neat stack of knocked out thugs laying on my porch, waiting for the authorities to process them into the slammer.

We finished off our day’s adventures with a nice healthy snack. He prefers gluten-free items, which was a little picky in my opinion, but anything for my new buddy, I guess. As we turned on some Avengers for entertainment on my flat-screen global-defense monitor, we settled in for cuddles and a nice nap. He is just so soft and squeezable, that falling asleep was inevitable and we dreamed of new adventures together. I would highly recommend the Funko Mopeez Iron Man plushie.

Shayne Smith, at an Open Mic at Wiseguys

Shayne Smith

I have to start out by saying I hate Shayne Smith, because he is funnier than I am. Smith is by far the nicest, most tattooed guy you’ll ever meet, and he’ll leave you debilitated with laughter after every conversation you have with him. Actually, you can’t hate him, he’s just too nice of a guy—and one hell of a stand-up comedian. A newcomer to the Utah comedy scene, Smith has burst out as the comic to keep an eye on in under a year. Already making a name for himself in Utah, this guy is going places, and we’ve got him first. SLUG got a lucky chance to meet up with Smith at a diner in Salt Lake, and we discussed comedy, life-lessons and the Muppets.

Smith graduated quickly from the open-mic scene to getting his first show last December. Since then, he’s hit the stage with local comedy staples Comedy and Other Opinions and Wiseguys Sunday Night Special, he opened for Tony Hinchcliffe, and he’s made it to the final round of both the Wiseguys and Club 50 West comedy competitions. “I’m still surprised people think I’m so funny. I’m waiting for it to be like one big joke,” Smith says, “and then they stop booking me and tell me to go kill myself.”

The fast rise to recognition had a few bumps in the road. He essentially gained stage time so quickly, that he was still working out his rookie period in the beginning, figuring out the little tricks of the trade as he was going. He made it look so easy, but was it? He laughs, “I’ve had some terrible shows!” He did a “clean” show, but didn’t realize until he got there and had absolutely no squeaky clean material, so he just riffed on stage for the audience. “I’ve offended people,” he says. “I’ve had people confront me about some of the offensive things I’ve said.” You learn as you go, sometimes a joke may seem insensitive, and you’re not sure the audience will take it well. The offensive joke in question is out of his set now. “I mean as far as rookie stuff goes, I’ve had hecklers heckle me and then I’ve tried to make comebacks and been defeated by the heckler,” he says. “That’s never good. Being defeated by a heckler is the worst possible thing that can happen onstage, in my opinion.” He’s taken moments like those and built off of them to become a crowd favorite and tell accessible, mostly light-hearted stories in his act.

Smith’s style onstage is what gets him the audience’s attention. He’s always positive, not cynical with a little dash of physical comedy. He takes inspiration from all styles of comedy, and he draws from everything he encounters. “I don’t care about really being original or about being new, I just care about being authentically me and funny,” he says. Part of his unique style is breaking away from stereotypes and what could have easily become his image. “I’m pretty unapologetic about how goofy I am,” he says. “I think that my appearance doesn’t match my personality. I appear as someone who would maybe be mean or closed off, serious all the time, but in reality all I want to do is play Warhammer 40,000 video games and watch Adventure Time and be as goofy as possible.”

Shayne Smith

For Shayne Smith, getting in with the comedy community was “super intimidating,” he says. “There are these huge vibrant people both physically and metaphorically that are just coming at you. It’s kinda like when you want to be a comedian you are just kind of the loud guy that’s at the dinner table making everyone laugh. And then you become a comedian and you’re at the dinner table with nine other loud guys making everyone laugh.” The intimidation wore off quickly and he embraced the scene. “Meeting other comedians has been my favorite part of comedy so far.”

Smith grew up in small town Fillmore, Utah, wrestled in school, and played sports. “I grew up with three brothers with a mostly single mom throughout the years. Lots of hilarity ensues when you’re left to your own devices as a kid. You have to fend for yourself in a lot of weird situations.” Despite looking rough around the edges, Smith lives a straight-edge lifestyle, which doesn’t actually bother him doing comedy at bars and clubs. “I practice my sobriety responsibly,” says Smith. “So as long as people practice their un-sobriety responsibly, I’m down with everyone’s personal decisions to do what they want to do.” So how did a guy like him decide to get involved in comedy? “Genuinely the number one reason is that I have no formal education, I’m covered in tattoos, and I’m kind of a fuck up and I can’t sing or dance. So here I am,” he says, laughing.

His self-reflexive humor doesn’t come across as down on himself—rather, he can just see how funny it may be from an outside perspective. Despite the jabs, he still thinks positively of himself—he just loves the awkward situations. “I just really like making people happy.” He adds that he really has no problem being seen as cheesy or lame. “Making people laugh and watching someone have a genuinely good time and laugh from the belly is awesome,” he says. “I just want to put as much positivity out into the world as possible. I feel like my skill set is such that comedy is the absolute best way for me to do that.” Most comedians will begin to name off the legends as their influences, but not Smith. “My main comedic influence has probably been the Muppets.” At this point, he keeps talking about how fun and smart the Muppets are and he’s completely beaming, but then he stops. “I started thinking about Muppets and I lost track of where I was.”

It’s probably not a surprise for anyone who has seen him recently, but Smith is pretty comfortable onstage. “I wasn’t always comfortable, it took a lot of work and strategy to get over how nervous I get,” he says. “Because I used to get so nervous I would shake and feel terrified.” Stage-fright is a normal part of all comedians’ journeys, but his was really bad at first. “I would combat that through self visualization. I would visualize the best possible scenario and the worst possible scenario.” He had an interesting strategy that he based off of The Book of Five Rings about the Samurai code. “They wake up every day thinking they are already dead, then in everything they do they are unafraid.” He translated this to the stage. “I would imagine I had already bombed. I’d basically fake confidence. I started finding other open mics and I’d go to them without material and go up purposefully bombing over and over again. I’d just put myself in these horrible situations.”

Shayne Smith, at an Open Mic at Wiseguys

Shayne Smith’s strategy evolved when he still didn’t get the results he was after. “At one point I got so mad at myself for being nervous that I started doing weird things to make myself embarrassed, like just laying down at Starbucks on the floor, or I would just scream in public places. I started doing goofy things, I purposefully started trying to embarrass myself. I started sabotaging myself in public. Eventually I started getting over being embarrassed, and then being on stage was like ‘whatever’. What’s more embarrassing than laying down in the middle of a busy Starbucks? People were like, ‘who’s this asshole with all the tattoos taking a nap in the middle of Starbucks?’ Eventually being onstage was kind of like ‘What’s the worst that could happen? I’m embarrassed?’ I started to realize that I couldn’t be embarrassed anymore onstage, and once the crowd has no power over how you feel unless they making you feel good, that’s when I really started to progress as a comedian.”

Now he loves being onstage, and it’s all he wants to do. “It’s everything,” he says. “It’s the best feeling ever.” He’s got sage advice for anyone who has ever wanted to be an entertainer. “Don’t be afraid, but it’s also O.K. to be afraid.” He wants to see stereotypes broken down, and women to be unafraid to join in the conversation. “Comedy is for everyone, get out there and be”. What’s the worst that could happen?” He is passionate, and driven, and wants this to ultimately become his career. He says it’s all about “Funny over everything.” “It doesn’t matter if it’s offensive, or if someone may think you’re a hack, or you’re unoriginal or you’re being dorky, goofy, or you’re not clever enough, or too clever. None of that matters.”

Right now, he’s finishing up the 50 West Salt City Comedy Competition, but he’s taking a short break from the stage. He’s about to get married to the love of his life, Erica, so at the moment he’s concentrating on that. Instead of wanting to get people out to see him specifically, he’s passionate for people in the city to just get involved in local comedy. “Support comedy! If you want to do comedy, do comedy because it’s great. If you want to watch comedy go watch. Go anywhere there are funny people and have fun. Come out to Sandy Station, to Wiseguys, to 50 West, to Mo’s. Go out to where there is comedy and have a great time.” He ends on a happy note, with his personal message to the world- “Everyone, keep it positive.” You can follow Shayne Smith on Twitter @Shaydozer and check him out onstage all over the valley.

Levi Rounds doing a comedy set with Jokers Gone Wild.

Levi Rounds doing a comedy set with Jokers Gone Wild.

Levi Rounds has hit a milestone for any comedian in the business, and although we’re not talking about him just staying alive for a decade—which is also impressive—he’s been gracing stand-up comedy stages for 10 years strong. This Saturday, Aug. 8, at Metro Bar, Rounds will celebrate with his show “A Decade Deep” doing the thing he does best: a side-splitting two-hour comedy special with some of his funniest friends, with Rounds himself doing a full, one-hour set. The show will also be hosted by the main attraction and featuring the comic genius of locals Nicholas Smith, Natashia Mower, Christopher Stephenson and Arthur Carter. Rounds, himself a former SLUG comedy writer, has been a beacon of the SLC indie comedy scene, who has hosted, been featured in, or headlined many shows in Utah and abroad. He met up with SLUG to give us a little insight about what a decade doing comedy is really like, and what his landmark show will have to offer.

In his 10 years onstage, Rounds estimated that he’s probably done 1,000 or more shows, sometimes six shows a week—not counting open mics, which he compares to a comedian doing homework. But he really only counts 10 shows that stand out. In those 10 he mentions that the important ones were where he opened for his idols and had people show up to something he considered very important to him and his career. When asked if he had any stories that were memorable, he did get punched onstage once, and then had a knife pulled on him after a set at Club Vegas. “If I ever get a gun pulled on me, that will be the trifecta and I will just leave comedy.”

Levi Rounds brings up how both he and his jokes have changed over the years. He mentions that some of his old jokes just wouldn’t be something he’d do these days, including the first joke he ever presented onstage. “I have friends that still love it, but I hate that joke now because it is so mean-spirited,” he says. “You start out by saying shitty things.” However, he doesn’t get rid of all of his old jokes, for those audience members out there that are hoping to see their favorite bits. “I tell some of the same jokes I did three years ago because they are still evolving,” says Rounds. “I feel like you should always be evolving and coming up with new material.”

Much has evolved with not only his jokes, but within the comedy community at large. He’s noticed a shift from what had largely been a problem with a lack of female comics and the prevalence of misogynist jokes. “Don’t ask a girl in the crowd about their tits,” he says. He’s unapologetic about letting those that rely on tasteless rape jokes know that those do not automatically equal funny. “The only people that can make them funny are people that have been doing it for 30 years,” says Rounds. He adds a few comedians that he enjoys may use it in their material, but points out that they “did it in a really clever or interesting way.”

As for what he’s seen as the biggest change in the Salt Lake comedy scene over the last 10 years, he applauds the change in camaraderie. “People, they get along now,” he says. “It used to be so vitriolic.” In the beginning of his stand-up career, it was noticeable that one couldn’t perform on both the club and the indie scene. “There’s not that vitriol we used to have,” says Levi Rounds. The next biggest change that he’s excited to see take place is the level of female talent hitting the stand-up circuit in this state. “It seemed like it was just Melissa Merlot for awhile.” Now, he points out, we’ve also got Natashia Mower and Abi Harrison, as well as an influx of other funny ladies, with many more popping up just within this last year. He’s seen more male comedians take a stand against the aforementioned misogyny, and keep stages safe for females who they consider equals and friends. “It was like, ‘Ha! Chicks can get into this, and it can be O.K.’ People will even call out new comics for shitty misogynist jokes.”

So why don’t some comics make it to this 10 year milestone? It’s pretty simple. “You get over it in a way that it’s like, I got that in my system, or you get over it in a way that you’re like ‘I can’t do this anymore!’ and you take a break,” says Rounds. Being consistently funny onstage for over a decade is something only a handful of comedians can claim. “There’s been a million comics that have come and gone, a lot of them that you’re glad they are gone, but some of them you are like ‘goddamn it’.” Some of his notable friends that have stuck around or been doing comedy longer are the likes of Toy Soup, Christopher Stephenson, Rodney Norman and Arthur Carter.

Rounds reminisces to a time when there was virtually no independent comedy scene—when he first started out. “There was only Mo’s on Sunday night, and it was crazy. You’d get 80–100 people, standing room only, for an open mic.” The old Mo’s Diner at its downtown location has since been torn down. Rounds was one of the hosts for the Sunday open mic for a few years. “I hate this whole ‘censored/ uncensored’ bullshit that everybody talks about because it’s all just comedy. But, at the time that was the only place you could go to see comedy as an adult.” During this time the comedy club scene was catering to a different crowd, and understandably didn’t want their crowd to walk out of shows. “When they tore Mo’s down, they tore down all the walls and it was all rubble, but the stage was still standing. The stage was still there for whatever reason.” These days, more comics are taking more initiative to make more shows, like Comedy and Other Opinions—run by Jason Harvey—and Dungeons and Comedy—started by one of his featured comics, Nicholas Smith. He’s not fond of everything, though. “I get sick of theme shows. And how many roasts do we need? Everybody is roasting everybody.”

He did mention one thing he’d do over. “I wish I would’ve started and not told anyone for like four years.” All in all, however he said he doesn’t have many regrets. “I have definitely chosen a harder route. I feel like, obviously 100-percent I’m supposed to make people laugh, but if I can make people think at the same time, that’s a lot more fun for me. I can get up and tell dick jokes all day and talk about my weird neighbors and shit, but that’s not challenging.” Levi Rounds draws from his favorite comics, and that can be seen onstage, taking notes from Pryor, Carlin, Doug Stanhope, Bill Hicks and going all the way back to Lenny Bruce. “You listen to it now and it’s tame as fuck, but at the time, he was being arrested and kicked out of venues,” says Rounds. “Those are the people you remember.”

This Saturday, Rounds will be both hosting and headlining his two-hour comedy special. He wants to be clear that it’s not a tribute show, and it’s definitely not a roast, as his aforementioned disdain for those sorts of things shines through. “It’s just a fun way to mark a milestone,” he says. “Ten years of mediocrity.” His comedy is anything but mediocre, as can be seen live and in person, and will not be disappointing.

Levi Rounds: A Decade Deep will be at Metro Bar downtown, a 21-plus venue. Entry is $10 at the door, DJ Mukky will start off the night from 9–10 p.m. with the comedy show starting at 10, and music will resume after the show until the bar closes. Come out to dance, enjoy some drinks, and laugh, because this is a one-time event that you will not want to miss.

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Married… With Children: Season 11

Mill Creek Entertainment
Street: 07.07

Few shows were as iconic in the ’90s as the show that put the Fox Network on the map. The final season aired 18 years ago, meaning that there are kids entering college who do not remember a world where Married… With Children was still breaking new ground as an edgy prime time sitcom. As the series ended, it didn’t take itself too seriously in its goofy, self-reflexive humor. Gone are the gags of Kelly and Bud sucking Al dry for cash, at this point they are both making their own money and contributing to the family dynamic in their own way. Bud is out of college, and while he still lives at home, there isn’t an episode that doesn’t include some foibles with super-model looking women with the likes of fresh faced Elaine Hendrix (The Parent Trap) and Lisa Robin Kelly (That 70s Show). It’s refreshing to see Kelly, always the dumb blonde, have a savant-like wit about her.

 

Season 11 of Married… With Children aired some of the most iconic episodes of the series. In “Requiem for a Chevyweight” we get a full Bundy back story revolving around Al’s beloved Dodge. Peg and Al start their relationship as high school sweethearts, making promises of happiness and loyalty that hold true, minus their pesky teenaged dreams. Little Kelly and Bud have their origin stories told, too—Kelly was once a smart, studious prodigy, until an unfortunate bump to the head, and Bud was given a plastic doll which was never supposed to have a lasting effect. The highlight of the episode was a thinly-veiled, nearly ancient shout-out to Bud finding car parts on an online auction website, which would have been in its infancy. Bonus points for the brick of a laptop he’s using to do so. We also see Peg and Al finally hit the skids on their marriage in “Breaking Up is Easy to Do” after Peg decides that Al doesn’t listen or pay attention to her. As a fan, these episodes are actually a little heart-wrenching, and (spoiler alert!) they do work things out after a three-episode arc.

 

An episode of Married… With Children that should be pointed out is “Lez be Friends,” the sort-of-but-not-really outing of Marci’s cousin Mandi as a lesbian. Played by Amanda Bearse, who at the time, could not be publicly out on the show as a lesbian, although many sly references were made to this fact, if you ignore the sexual depravity in the D’Arcy’s relationship. It was a risk at the time, but only slightly less of a risk than Ellen’s coming out special the same year. The episode doesn’t play up Mandi’s sexuality too much for laughs, and instead helps Marci realize that she shouldn’t be angry with her cousin for deciding to disclose her sexuality to them. Mandi is accepted into the group with open arms and just before she departs, warms Peg’s heart with some flirting of her own. It should be noted that Bearse was also a producer, director, and sometimes writer on the show, so the strategy paid off in depicting a real lesbian character.

 

The planned finale of Married… With Children actually swapped places with the last aired episode, “How to Marry a Moron.” Kelly’s ill-fated wedding puts Al in a position where he has to choose between becoming part of a wealthy family, or preventing his daughter from marrying a dim-witted womanizer. It has all of the themes of family, loyalty, and sums up the Bundy experience perfectly. As the series closed out, it remained funny to the end. If you are a MWC fan, or even a connoisseur of classic TV, this is the cherry on top of your collection.

Funny Fridays – Natashia Mower
Funny Fridays – Troy Taylor
Troy Taylor played host to a trio of funny folks for Funny Fridays. Photo: Rachel Jensen

The name says it all. Fridays just got a whole lot funnier for those of us in the valley. Recurring at Sandy Station off of 90th South, Funny Fridays features a revolving cast of local comedians with a smattering of special guests. The show was started by a group of ambitious comedians: Natashia Mower, Jason Harvey, Christopher Stephenson, Troy Taylor and Andrew Jensen. Doug Evans generously gave them the room at Sandy Station for a Friday show in order to make it more conducive to comedy. They’ve taken the concept of having a place for strong comedians to perform in front of an audience looking for entertainment on a Friday night, and they booked only the best of the best. This installment of Funny Fridays featured Shayne Smith as the opening act, Andrew Jensen and headliner Natashia Mower, with Troy Taylor on hosting duty.

Taylor started out the show strong. As one half of the improv duo Toy Soup, he has a finely honed talent of physical comedy and hilarious impressions. He started off the night by beat boxing and a little observation about what happens when he listens to music in his car. His slow and methodical pantomiming of toilet seat covers during his bit about toilet seat etiquette had the audience snickering in anticipation for the next tear of that crinkly paper. Since the show is brought to us in a fully functional bar with a long drink menu, Taylor offered to buy someone a drink if they could win “Guess this Movie.” His impressions of several characters in The Green Mile were spot on, and the entire audience was competing for the prize, with one lucky gentleman getting it on the first try.

Funny Fridays – Shayne Smith
Shayne Smith opened the night with a slew of entertaining jokes. Photo: Rachel Jensen

Taylor then brought Shayne Smith to the stage. Smith is one of the newest comedians to hit the scene running after starting under a year ago and taking on comedy at full speed. He let us know that he’s about 90 percent sure that his co-worker thinks he’s an evil wizard. Smith, who’s covered in tattoos, incorporates this into his act as “proof that hitting your kids doesn’t work.” His parenting tips and a little child beating humor get applause mixed with nervous laughter, but it’s all in good fun. He then goes on to explain how tattoos don’t work, as they have not cured his fear of spiders—to no one’s surprise. His observations on cat-calling and guys trying so hard to have sex are amazingly accurate. Smith points out that cat-calling is almost the Internet in real form. As he leaves the stage, the audience is out of their shell and ready for more.

Next up was Andrew Jensen, the other half of the magic that is Toy Soup. However, this was Jensen doing stand-up in his own expressive style, so the team did not perform improv for this occasion. I was a little bummed out at first, because if you’ve ever seen Toy Soup perform, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and you’ll never see the same set twice. Once Jensen started doing his comedy set, which was so good in and of itself, I quickly forgot that I’m used to seeing this guy perform silly audience suggestions. He filled us in on the fact that he has learned that meth heads are particularly persistent, in his experience living next to a crack house in downtown Salt Lake. Now that he’s moved to the east side of town, he’s more like the crazy, naked neighbor in the window. It’s been a transition for him, because meth heads, he assumed, would be easy to fight, and now he just has to worry about his neighbors being serial killers. As someone who has also lived in Sugar House, I can attest to this. Jensen has some killer jokes (no pun intended) on domesticity, and how to spot a drunk neighbor.

Funny Fridays – Andrew Jensen
Andrew Jensen’s improv skills aided him in owning audience hecklers. Photo: Rachel Jensen

Speaking of drunk people, this is the point in the night that the show is in full swing, and the audience is now pretty drunk and wanting to participate. Someone shouts out “Build a fence!” and, as a professional, Jensen quickly responds with “People are going to think I’m a terrorist!”, which he runs with for a few minutes. He talked about his Mormon mission to Russia as a 19-year-old with the amazing line “We’re not gay. We’re Mormon!” By the end of his set, he and the drunk audience members were having quite the dialogue. Sometimes hecklers can ruin a show, but with an entertainer like Jensen who thinks on his feet, they added to the whole experience. When he started to talk about bears, he asked rhetorically “Does anyone know how a bear sounds?” To which someone in the drunk crowd tried to make a bear sound with a hilarious outcome. Jensen was so moved by this impression he went down into the audience to get them to do the sound into the microphone. Audience: 0, Andrew Jensen: 100. It’s a beautiful moment when the comic owns the crowd, and the crowd was thoroughly owned.

Now that the audience had gotten their yelling out and was settling down a little bit, Natashia Mower took to the stage as the headlining act. She is a treat to watch whether you get to see her for a five-minute opening act, or for a full 30 minutes of her musings. She starts out with a disclaimer that we will not be hearing any dick jokes from her for the evening, as her dick had unfortunately killed itself. Her jokes are quick and witty, in rapid-fire succession. Mower talks about naming her boobs, her idea of weird pregnancy cravings, and how co-workers peddle drugs that are questionable, when she really only needs an aspirin. She tells a few stories about her work life and the people she deals with on a daily basis, and not to spoil the whole set up, but there’s a lesson to be learned in her advice of sucking up to the Son of God.

Funny Fridays – Natashia Mower
Natashia Mower always brings the funny with her lightning-fast punchlines. Photo: Rachel Jensen

Mower also talks nostalgically about her time working at a theater when she was younger, and her delivery of the words “man-nipples” always drives home the story of her experience there. She’s not really interested in men, if it couldn’t already be established by her disdain for man-nipples, but she has had these really weird reminders from her biological clock that she should have a baby. This brings her to some realizations about herself—that if she were into dudes, she would have been in trouble due to impulsively “putting things into her body,” if you follow that drift. Mower talks about her parents for a bit, and although it would be sad coming out of anyone else, she makes her gambling father and dead mom’s facebook sound absolutely comical. She finishes off her set by talking about stereotypes about gay people, especially the angry lesbian trope that, unfortunately comes true the second someone says that to her. She’s finally found the “gay community” (it’s a real place, it turns out), and talks about activism. By the way, she will tell you—and then back up—that not doing something is not actually the same as doing something, and she’s not about to boycott a chicken chain due to their homophobia. No, she has much better plans that involve carb loading, and doing “just a ton of gay shit.”

If you want to hear all of these jokes at length, check out other shows with Natashia Mower, Andrew Jensen, Troy Taylor and Shayne Smith who frequently perform around the valley. Sandy Station is home to Funny Fridays, and on July 31st, the group is welcoming L.A. performer Barbara Gray to the show. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door, and for those looking for a full Friday night event, a special “Date Night” package is available that includes two tickets, two drinks, two entrees and two cupcakes for $40.

Abi Harrison
Abi Harrison
Abi Harrison is one of the funniest comedians hitting the stage in Utah.

As one of the most memorable acts on Utah comedy stages right now, Abi Harrison is quick, clever, and quirky in her style and delivery. Hailing from Provo, Harrison has worked hard as an entertainer to make a name for herself in our Salty City. SLUG was thrilled to get a chance to sit down with Harrison and chat about her journey, her passion for comedy, and her big break of a lifetime appearing on the Bob and Tom radio show.

 

It’s been seven years since Harrison made her debut to the stage when she was still a college student at BYU in Provo. “Somebody told me I was funny—a girl. I was at BYU, I was not trying to get girls,” she adds quickly, “and she told me that I was funny and I should do stand-up.” This is how stand-up legends are made, all it really takes is one person to point out that comedy is a valid option, and true comedians jump in. “I just wrote jokes,” she says. “The first time I tried them out was at a BYU talent show, and nobody got them. Then I performed them for my ward and they killed.” When asked about how different the comedy scene at BYU, one of the most conservative religion-based universities in the nation, she laughed. “I only did stand-up three times in the first year, then I got into Humor U.” She got her foot in the door with Humor U, a BYU comedy club that put on performances every six weeks. “There were a lot of things you couldn’t say. They’d veto jokes, and it was very strict and controlled. Once they told me I couldn’t say ‘crap.’”

 

Talking to Harrison, you wouldn’t immediately guess that one of the funniest ladies in Utah comedy started out at BYU and went on a Mormon mission. “I was LDS and going to BYU and I’m gay, and I told my boyfriend at the time—who became my husband—and we were like ‘well, this is the right thing to do.’ It really solidified my understanding of how gay I was—being married to a man.” As her life has changed, and she has gotten out of Provo, her jokes have changed. It’s just part of her journey and becomes part of her comedy. “I just make jokes about my life and the things I think about and find interesting. I think that really changes for everybody.” When she started to get glimpses of the comedy world outside of the Provo bubble, it was eye-opening. “I think working clean is really good, and being able to work clean and have a stage where I could go,” says Harrison. “I was totally unfamiliar with comedy. I was like, oh, you just write jokes and tell them every six weeks.” Doing clean sets at Humor U was only the start for Harrison. “It was a good experience,” she says. “It was an awakening to see what comedy was outside of BYU norms. I think I’m all cool because I can make BYU kids laugh, but once you see that, it’s like a beautiful thing.”

Abi Harrison
“Telling jokes gets my mind ready for writing,” says Harrison. “The main part of getting better is just doing it, a lot.”

The awakening moment was seeing other touring comics and what they brought to the table, which prompted Harrison to branch out. “The first time I saw a really good comic, Keith [Stubbs], it blew my mind, and I understood so much more. This is a skill that you’ve gotta build on and work on. It’s like hearing live music versus recorded— there’s an excitement and a togetherness in the room, I feel like. Just being around good comics has inspired me to get better.” And how does she get better? She records her sets and takes a lot of notes right after her set, just like developing any talent and skill. “Telling jokes gets my mind ready for writing,” says Harrison. “The main part of getting better is just doing it, a lot.” Now that she does it every week rather than once every six weeks, she’s seen herself get better faster, but she had a confession: “I hate watching stand-up, but I like it if somebody is good.” So, what does Harrison consider good? She talks about the time she saw Katie Rich, a writer for Saturday Night Live, at Chicago Women’s Funny Festival. “She was so funny and she does improve,” says Harrison. “She was really comfortable and powerful on stage.” Harrison doesn’t traditionally do comedic improv, but it was a learning experience. “It was the first time I really watched improv and that I enjoyed it.”

 

All of this leads to the opportunity of a lifetime, and how a chance performance led to a spot on the Bob and Tom morning show, which is heard by over 5 million daily listeners across the U.S. She was out of town officiating at her sister’s wedding when she picked up a guest spot at a club show. “I’ve gotten to do some really cool stuff, but the actuality of it is, ‘give me some fucking stage time.’” She was seen by Chick McGee at the show, and asked to make a guest appearance that following Tuesday. More memorable than even the show was what happened before the show. She was pretty stressed about doing the show, and put off all of her preparation. The way she tells it is that when she woke up that morning she didn’t have any clean underwear. Her thought process was to go without. “So I put pants on and I was like ‘cool, why do people even wear underwear?’ And then I coughed and I was like, ‘oh, right, right, right’. So I put a pad on, right on my pants, and walked in to do the Bob and Tom show with my modified diaper.”

 

Even after having a huge national platform like the Bob and Tom show, Harrison remains humble. She doesn’t see herself as a headlining performer just yet, but that she is still working her way up as a featured performer. Even more humbling is where her passion stems from. “As a kid, we kind of had a rough childhood, my sister took care of us, and that was her role, and I made them laugh. And that was my whole thing—that’s how I identify, I think. Because that was such a big deal to me, to be able to comfort and calm people down and cheer people up.” Harrison is completely sincere when she tells me why she’s a comedian. “It’s one of the things you do when you get addicted to it, it’s powerful, you know, to be able to put a smile on somebody’s face. It’s really other people why I do comedy, it’s a desire in me to connect.” She continues to connect with her audience, her fans, and her comic counterparts, as an integral part of the local comedy scene, always making the people of Utah and abroad laugh.

 

You can check out more of Abi Harrison’s stuff by following her Twitter @abigailharriso (no N, she points out). If you get a chance to see her live, check out any of her upcoming shows all around the valley, including an upcoming show Sunday Night Special Aug. 2 at Wiseguys Comedy Club in West Valley.

 

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Jane Lynch
Jane Lynch
Comedian and actor Jane Lynch will bring her Anti-Cabaret act to the Eccles Center in Park City this New Year’s Eve. Photo Courtesy of ICM Partners

Let’s start out by being very clear about one thing: Jane Lynch is a one-woman entertainment powerhouse. For those who have been living under a rock and don’t know who Jane Lynch is, she’s an actress, comedienne and energetic vocal performer. Known for her comedic roles in Glee, The 40-Year Old Virgin and Best in Show, among a laundry list of many others, and she’s recently done a stint in Annie on Broadway. SLUG had a chance to talk with Lynch about the kick-off of her tour—An Evening with Jane Lynch, starting Dec. 31 in Park City at the Eccles Center Main Stage.

Expanding on her brief Broadway “Anti-cabaret Cabaret” show earlier this year, Lynch’s first show for the tour will be held in Park City to kick off the New Year in style, song and laughter. Not only will this be her first show for the tour, but it will be her first time in front of a Utah audience, and she is just as excited about this appearance as her fans are. She describes this as a “musical journey, with songs that have very little to do with each other,” except for the fact that she thinks they are a lot of fun and she likes them. When looking for a theme to tie everything all together she soon discovered that there really was no theme. Lynch strings together a wildly entertaining set of songs that she enjoys, felt that she was good at singing and that she finds entertaining. She doesn’t claim to be a “Judy Garland or Vikki Carr”—Lynch just loves to perform and wants to show the audience a great time. The equally talented and funny Kate Flannery, known from her role as Meredith on The Office, joins her on stage and the duo take on everything from Fiddler on the Roof (in the style of Yiddish sisters), Irving Berlin, three-part harmonies, to some swinging jazz. Just for the festivities, the night will most likely include a rendition of “Auld Lang Syne.” Lynch and Flannery are no first-timers, and have teamed up in the past for a traveling stage show, The Real Live Brady Bunch in the ’90s, which she says is “just as absurd and macabre as it sounds.” The two have been hanging out and singing together ever since.

Lynch had always wanted to do a cabaret style show, and got the opportunity earlier in 2014. What started as a four-night engagement in New York City, Lynch has since had the opportunity to expand it to a full touring production. She arranged music and happily found out that she had quite the knack for filling up the space between songs in a fun way. Some great and note-worthy collaborations went into her planning and arranging the show. Lynch credits her Glee co-star Matthew Morrison, who’s on tour with his own show, being an amazing support in answering her questions and giving her the ins-and-outs. During her New York City debut, both Morrison and fellow Glee co-star Cheyenne Jackson were both guests on stage with her. It’s the audience, she says, that is the fourth cast member in her show, as she both energizes from and draws off her audience’s energy. “Just come with your heart open and willing to be entertained.” She jokes: “You don’t even have to be in a good mood when you come, we’ll put you in a good mood!”

She reflects that getting her start in Chicago with The Second City Comedy Troupe helped her reach back to her roots of improv, sketch comedy and flying by the seat of her pants. The most important lesson she learned was the ability to develop confidence. Over her course with Second City she gained her confidence, “Having faith in what you have, and that’s enough. Just have faith that you are enough.” This has helped her evolve her career over more than 25 years to become a household name and continue to pursue her love for performing. When asked if she had any big plans on making this into a one-woman show she laughed. “That’s a great idea! I’m not gonna kick it out of bed!”

Just getting to pick her brain it is clear that this is a woman who absolutely loves the stage and to be in a position to entertain. “We always give it all,” she says. “We enjoy this so much that by the end, we are in love with each other and the band.” She and her Merry Band of Players have so much fun on stage. At midnight, plan to see Lynch give a bunch of happy and excited open mouth kisses to all of the members of her amazingly talented band, and maybe even a few lucky audience members who happen to be in range. This is not a show that you will want to miss, whether you’re a young-at-heart fan of a variety of music, or you are a newcomer fan of hers, An Evening With Jane Lynch is the kind of show that appeals to a variety of tastes, for any fan of pure, energetic, and sometimes silly entertainment.

Tickets are on sale now for An Evening With Jane Lynch on Dec. 31, at ecclescenter.org.

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Steve McInelly
Steve McInelly
Steve McInelly’s unique brand of irreverent comedy has broken out past the Utah border, spilling into Las Vegas and beyond. Photo: Mike Zithelow
Steve McInelly may look like he’s clean-cut and fresh out of the MTC, but this Utah native has been rocking the SLC and Las Vegas comedy scenes with his irreverent, spot-on delivery for over six years. While he was back in Utah for a three-show run, SLUG got to talk with this always busy, always funny ambassador for the SLC comedy scene about the what it takes to be a comedian, the differences between doing stand-up in two states, and the legacy that he left right here in Utah.
Local comedy fans got to pick from three of the top billed comedy shows in the state to catch a glimpse of McInelly’s stand-up through one very cold weekend in February (20–22). Clocking in time with Dungeons and Comedy, his very own K-Town Komedy’s 5th Anniversary Show and two of Salt Lake’s funniest monthly events: It’s Always Funny In Salt Lake City and Comedy and Other Opinions, McInelly started out in the local Utah scene six years ago, and he’s been propelling forward ever since. He fights against his Utah stereotype look, talks about his dick a lot, and absolutely still loves his wife in that very sexy winky-winky kind of way.
When he left for the Las Vegas lights a year and a half ago, McInelly left behind his legacy with the K-Town Komedy Show, Utah’s longest and most successful alternative comedy show that’s now going on its fifth year. After a local club approached him and asked if he wanted to run a comedy night, the show then started in February 2010 and has been held monthly at Club DJ’s in Kearns, featuring a lineup of local comedians as well as visiting comics from New York and Las Vegas. There were 300 people in attendance at the first show, and he knew it was going to be a success. “It was standing room only, you couldn’t even get in the door.” When McInelly relocated, local comedienne Melissa Merlot took over as host, but McInelly still books and plans all the shows. “The crowd really loves it. They want a fully uncensored show.” Uncensored is not always common in the Utah comedy scene. McInelly mentions his take on censorship: “If the crowd doesn’t laugh, they do that for you. If they don’t like what you’re saying, they’ll let you know.”
It wasn’t all sunshine and roses breaking out with a new, alternative show. When he set up K-Town, he was faced with quite a bit of opposition from the mainstream Utah comedy scene, and yet, facing down what was thought of as the only major avenue for comedy didn’t really seem to faze him. He took it as a challenge that some people expected him to fail. “I never back down from a double dog dare.” Which was a good thing, because the show was a hit, bringing comedy to an otherwise comedy-less town that had been left out of the typical show loop. The opposition only made him want to succeed more. “At the end of the day, the only thing I really care about is that my wife, my kids, and my mom really care about me. Comedy is second nature.” Then he adds with a laugh, “I hope they tell me I can’t do something again, cuz I’m going to.”
A jump from the small bubble of the Salt Lake stages to the bigger, louder, and brighter Las Vegas comedy clubs isn’t something many comics have been bold enough to attempt. “I’ve done more shows in the past 12 months in Vegas than in the last five years in Utah.” McInelly has performed everywhere from the clubs, to the infamous Fremont Street, to venues in Southern California, and yes, even the big Vegas casinos like a gig at the one-and-only Caesar’s Palace. He broke into TV and appeared on a National Geographic Channel show called “None of the Above.” He’s worked with tons of bigger names and local Vegas performers alike, and now he’s one of the weekly hosts at The Adernaline, a Vegas bar. “In Vegas if you are not very good, people will let you know. You either become really good really fast, or you basically stay at the back of the class. There are so many stages and so many opportunities with so much time that you have to get better really fast.”
McInelly has learned a lot in the last six years. “You really suck when you start out,” he says. Comedians should learn to set their own limits, and be realistic in what they can do with regard to content and time. Some people make the rookie mistake of jumping in too fast, but there is a fine balance with knowing what you’re ready for, and having the guts to take a chance. If someone is interested in breaking into comedy, he gives his sage advice: “Follow your own destiny, your own dream, follow your own desire.” Reflecting on his own path, he wouldn’t change a thing. “I didn’t do it the conventional way,” he says, “I didn’t go through a traditional club. I went through the bar scene, and now I’m in major clubs around the country. It just depends on what you get into.” He’s done shows where he’s had hundreds of people in attendance, and entertained small crowds of just a few people, but he says that should never matter. “If there’s a stage and somebody wants to listen to you, you give them 100 percent of what you have.”
One of the most important tasks of being an entertainer, he brings up, is that you have to be “a self-promoting whore.” He compares comedy to the music industry, where young rock stars will always have a CD or DVD on hand to expose what they have to offer. “Comedy is no different,” he says. “If you need to get anywhere you have to do it yourself, you can’t depend on one person that’s going to pull you up, if you can’t pull yourself up, you’re not going to get there.” His biggest advice? “‘Don’t be a dick’ goes a long way in life.”
If you get a chance to see Steve McInelly perform on either on one of his Utah appearances or on his new home turf of Las Vegas, his set is a must-see. He always puts everything he’s got into a performance, with high energy and enough expletives to make an old woman cry. You can also check out his show K-Town Komedy at Club DJ’s in Kearns, which runs monthly with a new rotation of comics each time. Tickets range from $5.00–$10.00 at the door, depending on the event, and it’s a 21 and older venue.
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Jordan Mazzioti of It’s Always Funny in Salt Lake City and Jason Harvey teamed up to create a pairing of Utah comedy excellence. Photo: It’s Always Funny in Salt Lake City
Two comedy powerhouses married in a glorious ceremony of laughter, tears, and beers on a freezing cold Sunday night at downtown SLC’s Keys on Main. This wasn’t a romantic pairing, but a marriage of two comic geniuses combining their recurring shows into one behemoth of a comedy event.

Jordan Mazzioti is the founder and host of It’s Always Funny in Salt Lake, a comedy show at Keys on Main that runs once every two months. His show brings together some of the biggest names in Utah comedy and throws in rising stars as well as heavy hitters or traveling comedians. Jason Harvey created a monthly show that can be seen at 5 Monkeys in Murray. His format is part over-the-top interview show, and part comedy from some of the best names Utah has to offer as well as guest appearances from comedians all over the country. These two funny-men on the same stage at the same time was oftentimes as beautiful as it was awkward, just like that girl you took to Senior Prom.

The atmosphere at Keys on Main is great for a comedy show. The bartenders are quick and friendly, the drinks and beer selection were fantastic and the finger food is pretty darn good. The room was buzzing with over 100 people in attendance, and each performer kept them laughing. It was an eclectic mix of people in suits and cocktail attire and comedy-philes in T-shirts and jeans. I almost felt the need to apologize to the staff—it seemed like it was a pretty classy joint for such odd people to come in and completely take it over for a night. I settled in with a beer, some good friends, and a huge tower of nachos next to the stage. There really weren’t any bad seats in the house.

The comics onstage for the night brought entirely different styles to the table. After a brief turf war of the hosting duties, Mazzioti and Harvey took turns introducing the show and their own comedic musings. Mazzioti matched fashionably from head to toe, talked about his married life and family, and made the people on the front row feel at ease. That is, until Harvey rushed the stage with a dramatic “Taaaaaag,” and took over. The calm, Sunday-friendly mood took a turn for the hilarious as Harvey compared male appendages to the cinematic masterpiece Die Hard. For the rest of the night, the two hosts played nice and joined forces to expose the crowd to great comic acts, and then proceeded to grill those talented people with the “Other Opinions” part of the show, a series of deep-thinking questions with answers that are always correct.

Aaron Orlovitz took to the stage first to explain how he was introduced to John Belushi and found out the hard way that Google searches aren’t always safe in post-9/11 America. During his Other Opinions section, the audience learned that Macaulay Culkin would someday die and go to heroin heaven if Orlovitz controlled the cosmos. Following Orlovitz was Taylor Hunsaker who encouraged the audience to make a trip to the OBGYN much more awesome for her. Only she could make the C-word sound so much more endearing. When grilled by Mazzioti and Harvey she was loudly interrupted by a 9/11 Truther (special guest appearance by Nicholas Smith), who demanded to know their take on the matter. Once Smith was dragged off by the brave, yet self-proclaimed inebriated Toy Soup, the show commenced with only a few audience members still shaking in fear at Smith’s “inside voice.”

Quick Wits founder Bob Bedore rounded off the first half of the night talking about getting older and gaining weight, as well as his slightly emotional attachment to his memory foam mattress. When Mazzioti and Harvey joined him onstage, the medical community was shocked at the invention of a new disease called “Himpes,” or “Love Bumps” then enlightened the audience with John Stamos’ last words. Next, Paul Sheffield took to the stage and wowed the crowd with his life lessons on everything ranging from roommates to being single to his secrets of warfare and dude stuff like sports and working out. Life in your thirties is less sad and depressing when Sheffield talks about it. While Mazzioti, Harvey, and Sheffield were talking about their great ideas for forming a cult, they were abruptly stopped by another heckler. The Unabomber-looking man demanded to know what to get for his anniversary in three hours, only to find out that his wife was on the other side of the room, hidden in the audience. Needless to say, there was trouble in paradise (guest appearances by Christopher Stephenson and Natashia Mower respectively).

After the audience could again calm down from all of the excitement, veteran comic of 30 years and SLC local Keith Barany got the mic. I couldn’t help at this point notice how many people were drinking wine at a comedy show, but during Barany’s set it totally worked. He compared living in Los Angeles to living in Salt Lake City, and taught us all how to properly deal with an alpha-male. Proving he was really quick on his feet, Barany gave the best answer of the night when Harvey asked him what he believes would be the best way to die. The answer? Jumping off a tall building and landing on Carlos Mencia’s head. To break up the monotony of people with microphones talking to the audience, Toy Soup rushed to the stage for a set of darkly superb improv. Consisting of Andrew Jensen and Troy Taylor, the two hilariously solved a crime involving a Bounty Hunter that took place in Narnia, where he was murdered with a nefarious looking sex-toy. Later, the audience could take in and fully appreciate the spectacle of Bigfoot getting a wax job. They finished of with Mazzioti and Harvey getting them to lead the crowd in an expletive-laden Gregorian chant.

Finishing off the night was headliner and Las Vegas comedian Steve McInelly. McInelly let us all in on his version of a gay fantasy, and I can’t ruin the punchline, but even hardcore homophobes would have to agree on the arrangement of Kanye West and Chris Brown. If anyone in the audience did not understand that comedy is often irreverent and raunchy, McInelly talking about Irish sex, trophy wives, and naming his penis would have given them a crash course. Mazzioti and Harvey pulled at his heart strings and philanthropic side and asked him if he’d donate a leg or an arm. Without hesitation, McInelly would donate a leg, assuming the woman who needed it would be really short, so he could watch her walk in lopsided circles.

The show was a hit, proving once and for all that it really IS always funny in Salt Lake City, and that comedians will often have other opinions on otherwise nonsensical subjects. The show was well worth the $10 ticket price to get in. For that, not only were the seven comedians fresh and talented, the surprises and unscripted moments were absolutely entertaining to be a part of. You can check out pages for all of the comedians on Twitter and Facebook, as well as catch the next performance each month for It’s Always Funny in Salt Lake and Comedy and Other Opinions. No one should miss out on another one of these, because it’s a one-time event, and you’ll never see anything like it again.

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