Moontower Review: Blue Moon

Who helped keep this raunchy set fun? Could it be … Satan?!

Monroe Martin
Monroe Martin (image via monroemartincomedy.com)

It’s hard to surprise late show audiences; especially at a comedy show called Blue Moon. They know what to expect. But last night’s comics at the Velv Comedy Lounge pulled it off. Of course, they did have some help. Host Satan performed some of the cutest Jesus jokes in like 2,000 years.

Satan hosting a show is a little gimmicky. (Okay, a lot gimmicky.) But his “Take my wife – please!”-style jokes worked. He warmed up the crowd with some oldies-but-goodies, including references to how “well-hung” Jesus is and jokes about how Good Friday is more like Great Friday! (He tossed in some new ones, too.) It provided a nice foil for the comedians performing that night and helped keep the energy up for a show that started at 10:30pm.

Liza Treyger (who has appeared on Chelsea Lately), Michelle Buteau (of Enlisted, Key and Peele, Eric and Andre Show), Kurt Metzger (who writes for Inside Amy Schumer), and Monroe Martin (of Last Comic Standing) performed, along with long-time comedian Dom Irrera and two Austin favorites, Brendon Walsh and Cody Hustak.

Dom Irrera went over big with the audience, but that’s no surprise. The veteran stand-up’s list of credits easily spans 30-plus years, and it includes appearances on The Tonight Show, The Daily Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Denis Miller, Comics Unleashed,The Late Late Show, and Gotham Comedy Live. He’s also an original cast member of the animated series Dr. Katz Professional Therapist, and he performed in the Dr. Katz Live show last night. During his Blue Moon set, he reflected on his long career and joked about some of the pains of getting older. “My fucking eyes are closing up, and I’m not even tired!” he said of his wrinkles. Don’t listen to him. He looked great, and, more importantly, has what anyone would consider an admirable life goal. “All I want when I die is to be jizzless,” he said. “I want the doctor to look at my ball sac and say, ‘That man had nothing left.'”

Edgiest joke of the night – and, again, consider the setting – went to Monroe Martin, who just moments prior said he’s not a “dirty comic.” And he wasn’t, really. But he did have material on the recent murders of black men by police and what that might imply for him as a black man. “I’m just not threatening. I wear glasses,” he said, explaining why he doesn’t worry he might be targeted. And then to the primarily Caucasian audience: “Look at all these white people looking me in the eye!” He did admit that he’d like more “street cred,” though, and suggested other slightly nerdy African-American men might feel the same way. “It’s like our black Nirvana,” he said. Overall, it was a tough night for cops. Monroe went easy on them. Most of the other comedians, including Liza Treyger, did not. “If a cop were smart, he’d be a detective,” Treyger joked.

Kurt Metzger closed the show with a strong set. His 2013 controversy aside, all his jokes landed, including the criticism that the 2014 film Lucy (staring Morgan Freeman and Scarlett Johansson) was way worse than just a lame movie. The plot, as he put it, was: “Imagine if a woman used all of her brain.” Dang. (If you’re unfamiliar with what happened with Metzger and members of the online community, read this 2013 Daily Dot article, and then this 2014 Sidesplitter interview .)

While last night was the only Dr. Katz Live show, the comedians all have performances over the next two days. Judging by their performances last night, none will disappoint. Visit the Moontower website for show times.

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