Concert Knowledge: 6 things I learned at the Oddball Comedy Tour

The Funny or Die Presents Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Tour (official name) hit Mansfield on Sunday. If you’ve never been to Mansfield, it’s a nowhereseville located somewhere between Providence and Boston that happens to be home to the Comcast Center. Over the course of the night, it was referred to by comedians as “sort-of Boston,” “almost Boston,” “kind-of Boston,” and “greater Boston area.” (Boston jokes, in light of recent events, were off-limits to all except emcee/Roast legend Jeff Ross and headliner Dave Chapelle.) So, how was the show? Fucking epic. Here, in list form, is what I learned at the festival.

1. Dave Chappelle’s still got it. I’ve never been the biggest Chappelle fan, so considering the now-notorious Hartford incident only a few stops earlier in the tour, I expected very little. But from his grandiose entry (silhouetted behind a white sheet, backed by a pump-up rap song) to his wide-ranging material, Chappelle hit often and missed hardly ever. He addressed the elephant in the room early and often, shitting on Hartford like no one has ever shat on Hartford. He ranged from material on his family to the FBI to the weirdness of the city of Boston (something involving a racist homeless guy with a hammer) and drew laughs consistently on every subject. The drunk Boston bros in front of me especially loved it, which brings me to…

2. Boston bros suck. My friend and I got stuck sitting behind four bearded, backwards-Patriots-cap-wearing dudes who seemed to derive a majority of their satisfaction in life from being big enough for no one to really fuck with them. They were rocking some Duck Dynasty lite version beards, too, just to add to the douche factor. The bros would not shut up during Flight of the Conchords, Chappelle’s co-headliner. The bros said to each other roughly fifty times each, “They might be funny if I could understand what the fuck they were saying,” and responded to every Conchords line with “No more,” or “We want Chappelle!” They were awful, but… Continue Reading