Arts & Culture / Mosaic / October 1, 2009

Comedian performs to a small crowd

I slowly glanced down at my wrist to check what time it was. This was met with little success, since I do not wear a watch.

“Hey!” I shouted at my roommate. “What time is it?”

He was listening to headphones, so I reluctantly looked at the clock on my computer. 7:26.

“Perfect,” I thought to myself. The show started in three minutes, just enough time to be late. Also just enough time to not be able to count correctly.

When I arrived at the venue (Kresge), there was a disappointingly small amount of people. Some lady then proceeded to get up on stage and introduce one Mr. Pete Lee. Apparently he was not important enough to get an opening act. Or Knox had run out of midgets, one of the two.

With all the pomp and circumstance of the queen of England, but with less manliness and less people, Pete Lee took the stage. He made a hasty count of the number of people in attendance. He got 57. He was only off by a few, which was impressive for making up a number off the top of his head.

He then proceeded to make fun of the general lack of people at his show. He was probably justified since he had previously had a special on Comedy Central, which was filmed in New York. You can tell that he is really going places.

After thoroughly berating the crowd about how there was not really a crowd, he proceeded to pose for the camera person, which was sort of odd, since she only took pictures while he was not posing. He is going through all that trouble and you are just going to waste it? Sheesh, talk about being rude.

Once all the messing around with the crowd was over, he started the show. He confirmed all of our suspicions by informing us that Galesburg was not actually in his GPS. This was met with a general lack of surprise, coupled with laughter. Mostly laughter.

In addition to all the joke-telling that was taking place (he is a comedian) there were several instances of badgering, mostly done by someone named something I cannot immediately remember. They became friends and had a wonderful time. And then Pete left, which was a sad end to a short, yet fulfilling relationship. This is only worth mentioning because it happened throughout the entire show. Eventually, the other person was taking up all Mr. Lee’s time, and Mr. Lee had to put his foot down and stop talking to other person.

Other topics included baseball, his 23-pound cat, homeless people, the WNBA, drinking in the Midwest, Jesus, passive aggressiveness, ugly people, weddings, and his grandma. I am not exactly positive what he said about those topics since my notes were not very specific, but I am fairly sure that he said something funny about them. I would be retroactively disappointed in him if they were not humorous in some manner.

On the whole, his show was enjoyable. He had a good delivery and dealt with the crowd (what little there was) well. I was going to talk to him about the show afterwards, but I forgot to write any questions to ask him, and anything I would have come up with on the spot would have bordered on plain and simple stupidity.

If you asked me to sum up his show in four words, I would slap you in the face for being stupidly specific. But if pressed I would say that he was “weird, but awkwardly hilarious” (I hope the comma does not count).

Eric Denson

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