HOUSE OF BLUES-MANDALAY BAY HOTEL-LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (Dec 28, 2007) -If you are
the janitor at the House of Blues in the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino let me
apologize in advance. The green globule on the floor of the lower stairwell was my
doing. That just happened to be where I was standing when I laughed so hard
snot literally flew out of my left nostril onto the floor where I stood
photographing Joe Rogans stand up act. It is hard to look professional when
you are clamoring to maintain your composure after shooting a green oyster out
of your nose. For fear of being caught I acted like nothing happened and left
it there until mid-show when I swept at it and probably smeared it more than
cleaned it. Luckily it was dark, even though it probably wouldnt have mattered,
everyone was either looking at Joe Rogan, or hunched over their own lap laughing.
First off I
am not going to lie to you and tell you I am a connoisseur of stand up comedy
routines. I dont even watch T.V, I have seen the odd show here and there but I
am a MMA writer and photographer, and if you are a fan of Rogan you already know
that he is a commentator for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. That is how I
know of him, that is why I was at his show. I dont watch Fear Factor, and I dont
watch News Radio, so I went in with an open mind and really didnt know what to expect.
Rogan was Ari Shaffir, in all honesty I had never heard of him before I saw him
live. Now that I have seen him, I will not be forgetting his name anytime soon. Shaffir is a man that doesnt hold back much - if anything at all - and with a nickname
like The Amazing Racist, you can imagine where some of his content goes. Despite
a nickname that sounds like an insult, his content was absolutely hilarious. He
blended sex, race, and a squeeze of self depreciation to serve up a very consistently
laugh out loud 30 minute concoction. In fact, having seen him perform - I believe
he will be headlining gigs of his own in due time
opening act featuring The Amazing Racist didnt tip you off, this show is not
for the thin-skinned politically correct. That is partly why I thought it
was so entertaining, I have never heard the word Douche Bag so many times in
my life. When Rogan stepped onto the stage he called the shots as he saw it,
whether you liked it or not. That is what makes him so funny. In one portion of
the show he talked about UFC fighters complaining about the way he commentated
their fights, his response was simple. Someones got to say what the fuck just
happened, live in reality bitch dont get mad at me!
The butt of
his jokes varied, ranging from the UFC, to blowjobs, to homosexuality. His
delivery is spot on, and included in the butt of his jokes is sometimes Joe
Rogan himself. What makes him funny isnt just the material, it is his facial
expression, his pitch, and his mannerisms, they meld together to form a volcanic
delivery. His unbridled enthusiasm is infectious, and his facial expressions parlay
an almost ironic credence to his wild delivery. That same enthusiasm can come
at the expense of the audience as well. Mid joke a woman in the crowd yelled
out boring, I soon realized Rogan is not one to ignore such ignorance. There were actually 2
disrupters during the show, surprising he actually addressed them, and
gave them a chance to speak. His rebuttals were classic, his skewering of the
disrupters almost as funny as his source material.
A couple of instances during the show saw references to MMA, and as a follower of the sport during the dark
days I almost expected to be the only one to get the inside joke. Listening
to Shaffir give a nod to Eddie Bravo
with a joke about Cock-head Control and see Rogan crack
jokes about Dan Henderson, and Jim Brown I realized it is clearly no longer an inside
joke. MMA is out there and is now part of stand up routines, if that isnt
proof enough of the popularity of a once fringe sport I dont know what is.
is nowhere to be found here. That is why acts like Rogan and
Shaffir are such a breath of fresh air, both acts were uncensored and raw, they
stepped in, slapped you in the face, and sent you home feeling invigorated. Believe
me, every slap is well worth the price of admission, so I will leave you with three
pieces of advice if Rogan and/or Ari Shaffir are ever in your area for a show.
3: Make every effort to see it.
2: Dont be a Douche Bag
and interrupt the act. It is disrupting to the other people watching the show
and he will deservedly roast you for it. The others in the crowd will laugh at you, if
I am there I will laugh at you too.
1: Remember to bring a pack of Kleenex.
Be responsible, and pick up what you leave behind. If dog owners have to pick up
after their dogs, nose owners should be no different.
The Sushiboy gives this show 5 Sushigrade Tuna out of a full can of 5