Thursday, February 7, 2013

Jefa-fa Dunham

Nate and I had tickets to see a Jeff Dunham show this week, and it was a wonderful night out!

I have had a busy week at work, and it was nice to head out an hour before I usually get off work to spend a night on the town.

We walked around Target for a few minutes because we were early for the show, and we got some coffee at Starbucks. Well, Nate was in the mood for ice cream so he got a strawberries and creme frappucino which really is basically a shake made with milk instead of ice cream.

Then we went to the venue and sat down in the fifth row, great seats for the show.

Nate and I talked about how we wondered if a comedy show would be different in person than watching it on TV. I have seen all of Jeff Dunham's comedy specials, and although hilarious sometimes I wonder why the audience is laughing so hard at stuff that doesn't warrant such guffaws.

It was apparent before Dunham even started his show that the audience was in the mood to laugh. His puppet Walter answered questions in a slideshow, and people were laughing just reading them. I guess with thousands of people in one space, someone will always be laughing so it seems like every joke is just hilarious.

My favorite part of the entire show were the moments that Dunham went off script. At one point, when he was working with his trailer trash puppet Bubba J, he accidentally called him Bubba Day. That went off into a rant about how that sounds like it could be Bubba J's gay French cousin, and then Dunham completely lost where he was in the act.

It took about 10 minutes for him to regain his composure, and in the meantime he was spouting off random jokes and really just making his puppet say nothing. However, because it was the puppet rambling and not the puppeteer, it was hilarious.

There were other moments, like when he started using his own Little Jeff puppet, that he didn't even have a set act. He made himself laugh constantly, and the puppet kept looking at him weird - like a puppet can look at someone weird... - and Dunham said, "I'm hearing the punch line a split second before they are."

My favorite part of comedian's acts have always been when they crack themselves up. It's so natural and so human, and so so funny!

After the show, Nate and I grabbed a pizza at Little Ceasar's and ate in the car on the way home.

The whole night reminded me of when we were dating. We used to stop at Starbucks a lot, and then the show was definitely a date. The only thing that was different was that we didn't have to go home to separate houses. I love being married ;)

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