Sometime last month Helaine asked me to schedule Friday, June 13 as a vacation day. Then she told me not to try and figure it out. I listened and obeyed.
Unfortunately, for other reasons, I ended up looking at the schedule for the Oakdale Theater¹ and put 2+2 together when I saw Jon Stewart was coming. You’ve got to hand it to Helaine. Somehow she managed to get sixth row seats in the center section. In comedy, more than any other performance type, location is paramount.
A little after 8:00 PM Stewart ambled on stage. He was wearing a dark t-shirt and khaki pants. Not that it mattered, but he was under-dressed for the occasion.
I was a little puzzled by the quality of the sound system. It wasn’t bad, but it certainly wasn’t good. I’ve heard it a lot better for comedians. The sound was thin and bordered on feedback from time-to-time.
Stand-up demands different skills than The Daily Show. Stewart has mastered this discipline as well. I’d tell you some of the jokes, but there were few jokes as such. More, it was observations and punchlines.
He is down on Bush and McCain and puzzled by much of the rest of what he sees. He has guilt about being Jewish which is probably lost on gentiles.
He was really funny. I don’t want to bury that. He was really funny.