David Pryde gives a damn good show. Normally, I like to sit right in front at a stand-up comedy show. However, when I get comps from the comic I prefer to sit in the back. This way if the show doesn't go well I don't feel obliged to be a polite guest and laugh. The crowd last night at Ernie Butler's Comedy Nest was thinner than Celine Dion and my guest and I were asked to move forward to populate the club a bit. I am happy to say I did not have to be a good guest and force any laughs.
The evening was an all local boys night. M.C. Derek Seguin was pretty good; the other two guys, Ali Hassan and Peter Radomski were okay. Of the two, I enjoyed Radomski more. I was scared at the beginning because he kind of looks like Zack Galifianakis and I am still traumatized by how bad Galifianakis was. The headliner was David Pryde and he was solid.
I had made the point of not listening to Googly, Pryde's independent release comedy CD, in the few weeks before going to the show. I'd done that for another comic and found I was too familiar with the material to enjoy some of it. I don't think that would have been a problem with David Pryde. Most of the show was, to me, new material, and the jokes I did recognize still worked on me.
It seems the comedy business goes in waves. Over the last couple of years I have heard a lot more comics do material about having a child or a first child. It's fun but after a while you can sort of predict the bits: pregnant wife and cravings, pressure in the delivery room, life changing experience, to circumcise or not to circumcise, and so on. Derek Seguin did some material on that so my enjoying Pryde's version of fatherhood right after that indicates how good his version of this experience is.
I did wish he had done the in / on prepositions bit. But that was when I got home and listened to his CD so there you go.
Just to play Monday morning quarterback on a couple of jokes (everybody's an expert): When a woman says "Nighty night" it means she is not sleeping au naturel and you ain't getting none. The foreskin is really a boy's first hoodie.
My guest and I had a really good evening thanks to David Pryde.
Other David Pryde Reviews
googly: Very good stand-up comedy CD
Sight Gags: this is a CD anybody who likes comedy will really enjoy.