So I was quite pleased to see that Judy Tenuta was doing stand-up at the Arlington Drafthouse. Carolyn didn’t really know who she was — a lot of people don’t — but I’ve been a fan since the early 1990s, if not the late 1980s. Probably whenever Comedy Central played stand-up comedy nearly 24/7 (and to this day, I still can’t bring myself to watch non-live stand-up comedy, as I totally burned out on it in the early Comedy Central days).
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She was indeed quite funny! I think she’s lost some weight too — she looked really good for her age. Especially in the body. She had a typically crazy outfit, and of course had the accordian — which she didn’t use as much as I’m accustomed to. She did use it to sing a country-ish song about how much she wants to date Pope John Paul. Politics and stand-up comedy seem inseparable, and she did lambast the Bush administration quite a bit (not as much as Janeane Garofalo, obviously). She did mention that “friends are just enemies that don’t have the guts to kill you, but unexpectedly never said “it could happen”.
We could have gotten an autographed cd aftewards, but I just felt like it would be a waste of money because I don’t really listen to comedy these days. We did hang around because we met up with Susan E to go to an epic party afterwards — it was like a party in the movies. Sounded like one too. (Crap music where me & Carolyn recognized exactly zero songs.)
But anyway, Judy Tenuta was great. And also apparently quite popular with the gay guys. We sat in the table RIGHT next to the stage (in the lower area), and were surrounded by 2 gay couples. The ones on the left triggered my gaydar (which, according to OKCupid, is much better than most people) before I even sat down, but the ones on the right didn’t until she said “who’s gay?” and they raised their hand. There was also a gay opening comedian, who had jokes about his parents — who were in the audience.
Oh yea — I got reverse-heckled a bit, just like on our Honeymoon. She was like, “Look at this guy, he has no fucking clue who I am!” But, uh, it was Carolyn who had no clue! I was probably the oldest fan. I remember being excited at her appearance on Space Ghost Coast To Coast around 1995, because I’d been a fan for some time. She also intimated that I was a redneck, which seems to be popular among random people who make fun of me online. Pretty funny since I’m not sure how many rednecks have computer science degrees, or like speedmetal. I’d accept a white trash label, but only for my attitude about yardwork and upkeep. But redneck? A bit of a stretch. I grew up in Lake Ridge, yo. Median family income $80K [in 2000].
I did get addressed a couple other times by her, being called “studcicle” as she is apt to do (and “little virgin” if you are a girl, which Carolyn got called a few times). She also had a bit about how girls don’t like camping, and was like “Do any girls like camping?” and Carolyn raised her hand. She was like, “You?” (And to the ladies out there, it’s really not that big of a fucking deal. Jesus Christ females are lame about camping.) Later, she had to walk through the main theatre to get to the front, so she walked through the crowd. She pointed at Carolyn and was like, “You like camping!” She was definitely paying attention.
I was also glad I wasn’t one of the people selected to come up onto the stage, as that prospect quite frankly frightens me. She made one guy dance in front of everyone. That…. would not happen with me.
Anyway, the show was only $22, and we hadn’t eaten dinner, so I ate the first solid food with crunch since my surgery. We had a pizza with pepperoni, pineapples, and feta cheese. A unique combination we’ve never tried, and it kicked ass. We call it “Greek-Hawaiian pig” pizza. I couldn’t drink, but asked for a pitcher of ice water, my post-surgery restaurant staple. (Seriously – THREE restaurants in 2 days? We spent like $85!) Anyway — Jedy Tenuta kicked ass and I was not sorry I went! (more…)