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August 30, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Rory Scovel’s off-the-cuff comedy gets hearty laughs; Garofalo struggles

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Rory Scovel (Courtesy of Bumbershoot)

Rory Scovel walked on to the Playhouse Theatre stage looking like a disheveled youth pastor, with a scruffy beard and brown corduroy pants, but the Los Angeles-based comedian’s material was anything but squeaky clean.

“Anal, who’s done it? Who’s tried it, let’s see a show of hands!” Scovel asked the audience.

The opening bit got a huge laugh and Scovel chastised those in the crowd unwilling to admit it.

“I’m tired of the cowardice in the room and in this country,” Scovel chided.

Scovel followed with a solid set of off-the-cuff observations that kept the crowd engaged and laughing throughout.

“When you see someone with a highlighted Bible your first though is creepy!” Scovel joked, “Spoiler alert, the whole book is good.”

Midway through his set Scovel brought 4-year-old audience member Aurora Kennedy onstage to play the piano. The rambunctious toddler banged away on the keys, smiled and waved to her mom and grandfather seated in the crowd.

Janeane Garofalo closed the show, but the veteran comedian was not on her game. Rather than focus on any rehearsed material, she spent her time rambling from one topic to the next, without any cohesive ideas to tie any of it together.

Garofalo’s at her best when she’s speaking passionately about politics, a topic she mostly avoided.

“I had a good run in the 90s,” Garofalo said of her career, “I became more politicized, and if you’re a female and your politicized you’re dead.”

Comments | Topics: Bumbershoot, Comedy, Janeane Garofalo

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