Let's see...I got to the venue early, hung in my car, possibly heard Jemaine do a quick soundcheck, saying, "1,2, yis, 1,2, yis..." Then after a while heard someone else with just a drum, rapping. I'm guessing now that it was Hannibal. Waiting to go in, I stood behind a mother a little younger than me with her son, mid-late 20's, with Irish brogues. The weird thing is later after the show I bumped into her in the ladies room! Whoah! Thousands of people and we meet again.
Anyway, they had the place set up like a midway, I walked the length of it and never found the FoTC or Oddball merch.
The stage for the opening comics was in a picnic area, so I nabbed a seat at a picnic table and enjoyed the first few comics, then went to the main stage to get my seat. On the back of each seat was the sign posted above about no cellphones
But my seat was so nice, I didn't care! I sat behind a pregnant lady (6 months!) who had married the father of her child on Friday - they were nice folks, as were all the people around me - they all laughed as much as I did.
Jeff Ross came out swearing, with his hair half up and half down. He said he finally took out the corn rows from the James Franco roast. Some of his jokes were a little as he said, "too soon?" I'm thinking of the Corey Monteith one especially, although I remember laughing at some sections of that bit. He intro-ed Kristen, who in most other venues had closed the first act. She seemed a little off, almost like she had to equal Jeff's trash talk because he had set the bar low. Of course, she was adorable and I loved her, but...no Flashdance.
At the end of her set, a roadie was setting up something that made her kind of confused as she was exiting, and she started back on, but then she said, sorry, my time's up, and left. I think something hadn't been working and they got it to work, because she was obviously underdressed with the Flashdance outfit and ready to do it.
The second guy was the best of the first act - John Mulaney. Hysterical. The audience didn't want him to leave.
Al Madrigal came out wearing the FoTC tour shirt I wanted, hair like Jemaine's, scruff like Jemaine usually has, short dark hair like...well you get the picture, and glasses with black rims like you know who. I wish I could have taken a photo of him for you to see. His set was a letdown after Mulaney's, so I ran to the restroom and got back in time to see a good bit of Hannibal's set. His set was funny, but still not as funny as Mulaney.
Then they had an intermission where 19,000 (minus me!) people tried to use the restroom, so it was longer than they had planned, but Jeff came back and did a bit with the audience and mini-roasted some guys (one sitting next to me), as well as asking if there were any pregnant ladies, so my lady in front of me and another lady in our section went up. So he had a lot of fun and was respectful of the ladies. And then, the NZ commercial came on....
So...I echo Laura as far as the guys' performance: They were in terrific voice, showed their incredible range, were so musically tight, and looked oh so good! (Jemaine was cleanshaven which I don't usually like, but he rocked the look with his short hair with grey sideburns. He had a very dark denim jacket/shirt and jeans, Bret was sporting a velvet blazer and a cute blue plaid/kind of check shirt and the famous red pants. They commented on being (look at guitar back) in the Boston area. and were adorably funny, as always.
F on the Ceiling
Chat about the no cameras ending with a warning - "if you take out your cellphone, we'll take instant dick pics and send them to your Fathers, and they'll dissolve in tin seconds so you'll never get to see them, but your Fathers will!"
Father/Son (hysterical bit because of problems getting both of them on the same screen, then getting Bret smaller than Jem,
Bret seeing his red legs and freaking out because of his "skinny red ligs"
Jem confessing his tour name - Bad Dog
Hip Hop v Rhyme -Jem said "all of the ladies in this place pregnant" (maybe he heard there were 2 in the first 4 rows that WERE pregnant?)
Woo A Lady
Inner City Pressure
Sally/Creep - Boy, these two songs work well together!
Humans Are Dead (a little stranger meaning with the Sarin gas incident)
Back on the Road - Jem leaned over and rubbed this lady's curly head, Bret went down to rub her hair and her back, and arms, and then ran back up
Dave was really good. His style is so stream of consciousness. He did a lot on Boston, talking about the bomber on the Rolling Stone cover looking like "the Justin Beiber of Terrorists".
He addressed Hartford, telling us not to blame Hartford: some folks were a little too drunk, and Dave wasn't in the mood to deal with them - perfect storm for a meltdown. I liked the way he took responsibility for his part. (all the roadies wore t-shirts saying F@#*# Hartford, by the way)
The only thing that would have made the night complete would have been to see them afterwards, but because they end an hour before the end of the show, they were long gone. But all in all a gloriously awesome night!!! (still wish I had photos!