August 2010

The 80s weren’t that Weird, were they?

OK, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Jim, I know that last year you went to see 12 different bands, and that was well documented. And THIS Year, you are on a quest to see 12 different comedy shows.”

And the next logical step in your correct thinking, is, “can you, somehow, someway, combine these two facets, music and comedy, into ONE show, that would constitute an above-and-beyond unplanned “BONUS Show?”

And the answer, readers, as you may have already guessed, is:

Yes. It can.

Imagine the following, if you will.

Imagine having a video library of every single clip from the last 30 years or so, of each time someone mentioned your name on a talk show, commercial, cartoon or sitcom.

Imagine having a complete costume change for every song, with the props to match. Like one of those motorized Segways, or a giant keyboard-guitar, cheerleaders, and an acoustic guitar that you can smash on stage.

Imagine creating your own TV talk-show, where you can edit the guest’s footage to say whatever you want them to.

Now, imagine this. An encore song, that features a Darth Vader character in full costume, six back-up dancers wearing full-on replicas of the iconic white Star Wars Stormtrooper outfits* -- while the lead singer struts the stage in a Luke Skywalker robe singing to the tune of Don McLean’s “American Pie.”

(*It’s so the reason why tickets cost $42 now-a-days)

Are we in the twilight zone yet?

Not quite, but it sure is weird, isn’t it?

Weird Al Yankovic

Roseland Theater, Portland

Aug. 3, 2010

So, it’s about 7:35 p.m., and I’m sitting in the Deschutes Brewery over on 11th. I decide to start walking over to the Roseland, over on Burnside.

I can’t believe I’m going to this show. I mean, this is a guy who hit the FM airwaves in about 1982, when we were cracking up over “Another One Rides the Bus.” To this day, one of the best lyrics is “I think I’m missing a contact lens, I think my wallet’s gone, and I think this bus is stopping again, to let a couple more freaks get on.”

Anyway, I’m heading over to the show, saying to myself, “I should be able to get up to the front, no problem.”

So I get there, and lines really aren’t too long. And I’m thinking, “Well, maybe this show won’t have too many people…..that would be a bummer….”

So I’m heading up the stairs. And I get to the ballroom.

And it’s a SEA OF CHAIRS. AND THEY’RE ALL FULL. OF PEOPLE.

I go to the bar. They don’t have beer. It’s an all-ages thing.

As I unscrew the cap to my water bottle a man in a Hawaiian shirt with an accordion hits the stage.

It’s gonna be a fun night.

An updated version of Polkas on 45 (Gaga, Bieber, Pink, Perry)

Frank’s 2000 Inch TV

The world’s shortest drum solo.

You Don’t Love Me Anymore (smashes acoustic guitar in frustration)

A tribute to the Simpsons - Video

Smells Like Nirvana

Interview with Robert Plant - Video

George of the Jungle

Interview with Jessica Simpson (AL TV)

You’re Pitiful

Wheel of Fish Video

Madonna Interview Video

Dare to be Stupid

Charles Nelson Reily

Let Me Be Your Hog

Canadian Idiot

Interview with Avril/Movie on germs

Wanna B Ur Lovr

The Official Weird Movie Trailer

Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies

I’m In Love with the Skipper

Confessions

eBAY

Yabba Dabba Do

Another One Rides the Bus

Spiderman Song

Trapped in the Drive Thru

Gump

Eat It

Micheal Stipe (REM) interview-video

Craigslist

Snoop Dog Interview

Amish Paradise

Celene Dion interview

White and Nerdy (rolling around on a Segway machine)

Be nice to your teeth movie

Fat

Band intro

ENCORE

We All have Cell Phones

The Saga Begins

Yoda (with Yoda Chant)

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