August 2010 'Bonus show'

Will this tour get funnier? My sources say Yes.

Well, I’m glad I took in the extra show in August, because wouldn’t you know it, the act that I had tickets for in July managed to cancel the show one day before it was supposed to happen. First, it was the reschedule (fully detailed in July’s “Public Comedy Notice” blog entry). Then, without a full explanation, I might add, there was a full-on cancellation.

In all the years I’ve been going to shows, this is a rare occurrence. I’ve seen re-schedules, but I honestly can’t remember any cancellations.

Who was I supposed to see, you ask?

It was Gilbert Gottfried! Too bad, I kind of put him in the “classic comedy” vein. He’s probably kind of raunchy in his stand-up, but if you pay attention to anything on OPB, you’d know he’s the voice of the obnoxious Parrot on the show “Cyberchase.” I read his bio and it said he was on Saturday Night Live early on, but I honestly don’t recall. I’ll have to track some of that stuff down.

Sooooo, luckily we saw Weird Al in early August to make up for the July show, which brings us to the August show which was not rescheduled or not canceled.

That said, there was one more thing that the show was not.

It didn’t quite add up to being that great of a show.

Now, earlier this year, as you know, I saw Cheech and Chong. And, you know, I was kind of worried about how in the heck I was going to write about that show.

I mean, these aren’t exactly family-style topics we’re dealing with here.

Well, after this last show, I’m saying that was pretty much a walk in the park! Now, the question is, how the heck am I gonna write about THIS show?

Here’s some of the reasons that I’m saying that things could have been better with this show. Now, granted, I went into this without a whole lot of background research or online browsing, and this performer was billed as one of the current top comics with HBO specials and concerts and all of the rest of it. Plus, this performer is “around” my age, maybe even younger, so here is a chance to go see someone who has grown up with the same world I have.

But this show was an hour or more of pretty much the exact same topic – sex, and sexual orientation. And it’s too bad, because in the short spaces between those topics, I could tell when someone really has the potential to be funny. But concentrating on those topics with every swear word you can dream up every 30 seconds kind of makes you wonder….

Is this person really happy in her life?

This performer was at her best when she was imitating her Korean parents, and when she was giving you behind-the-scenes information on American Idol. Even that was raunchy, but at least it was funny, to me.

And as far as the new release of the music/comedy CD she was promoting?

From the two or three songs she played from it, let’s just say I’m glad I didn’t rush out and buy it.

Margaret Cho

Thursday, Aug. 26

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland

This may be a first. I was so disappointed with this show, I don’t even feel like reviewing my notes. Maybe, just maybe, I will, but they would have to be so edited that it wouldn’t make sense.

Instead, you may want to check out this link I found to a review of a bluegrass show featuring Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers.

His comment about writing a Protest Song?


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