on December 29, 2008
We agreed to see two shows when we went on our December trip to Las Vegas. One picked by me, one picked by my boyfriend. Who knew that it would be the "guy show" that would come out the winner of the week?I was weary when Jim told me that he wanted to see Carrot Top. I’d seen Carrot Top on TV before, and never been that impressed. I’d had one sighting of him walking between the Luxor to Mandalay Bay, and his little head with that big hair on that way over-worked-out muscular body just turned me off. This is why you don’t judge a book by its cover. Yeah, he’s a prop comic, but he’s so much more than that. His hour and a half show is well choreographed, well thought out, and funny as can be. It’s not all prop comedy. I’d say that the first third is prop, the second third is funny filler, and the third third is like a rock show. He pokes fun at current events, so it couldn’t possibly be stale, rote jokes. He interacts with the audience, and I’m betting that you can never know what these jokels will throw at you. He has sound effects, stage effects and effective jokes. He has a whole stint about Las Vegas and tourists and how you have to walk 500 miles to get anywhere, and it’s so relevant that it’s funny.There was only a slight point of about 15 minutes where it got a little slow, and I worried that I wouldn’t make it through the whole show. But it picked up and ended with a bang – as he did impressions of several rock/music/pop culture stars. I had to swallow my pride and admit that Jim picked a whopper of a show. It was far better than my pick – Phantom: The Las Vegas Craptacular – and I really enjoyed myself. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time. So Yay! for Carrot Top. I understand that lots of other comics look down on him for being a prop comic. Well, they can shove it, because he’s good at that, but "real" comedy, too.
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