Events — 27 June 2011
The Party Machine: A Review

It’s The Party Machine- the monthly comedy and music show at Park Slope, Brooklyn’s Union Hall, hosted by Arden Myrin (MADtv, Chelsea Lately, Working) and Lisa Delarios (Aspen Comedy Festival, Live at Gotham). This month’s Party Machine theme was the late, Michael Jackson. These two hilarious comediennes were joined by a stellar supporting lineup, which included Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live), Nikki Glaser (Last Comic Standing, The Tonight Show), Jon Glaser (Delocated), Nick Turner (Too Cool For School), Sara Scahefer (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), and Adira Amram and The Experience (Winner ECNY).

The LocalBozo crew headed down to Union hall to join in on the celebration. We have been out to this show once before, and we knew we could not miss it. It was no surprise that the show was totally sold out, as the line snaked around the entire venue. Myrin and Delarios got the crowd laughing from the word go. Since this month’s party was dedicated to the “King Of Pop,” it was only fitting that the ladies played tribute to Michael in a comical way. Lisa Delarios got way into it by dressing head to toe in full Jackson regalia, including the infamous sequin glove, and black wig. It was a hilarious sight for the eyes, and played perfectly against her dead-pan delivery.

Jason Sudeikis is one of the most prominent breakout stars to come out of Saturday Night Live in the past decade. Sudeikis was added to the Party Machine lineup a week before the show, much to the pleasure of our entire staff. When the time came for his segment, the crowd was treated to something other then a traditional stand-up set. Instead Myrin and Delarios took the stage with him, and did a tag team interview. This provided Sudeikis with the opportunity to riff. And riff he did. This off the cuff exchange with the ladies produced some of the night’s biggest laughs.

Comedian Jon Glaser was another great highlight from Saturday’s show. Glaser has spent several years as one of Conan O’Brien’s writer’s and sketch players on the Late Night show. Since parting ways with the show upon Conan’s move to L.A., Glaser has struck gold on his own, appearing on several television shows and publishing his first book “My Dead Dad Was in ZZ Top”, which was released back in February. Glaser is also the creator and star of the live-action Adult Swim series Delocated, about a man in the witness protection program with his own reality show. The third season is expected to begin airing in late 2011.

At the Party Machine, Glaser performed under the guise of ‘The Man In The Mask’ which was a nod to his masked character on Delocated. Glaser has a very natural and personable approach to comedy. He is able to instantly win over the audience with dry, intelligent wit. At one point in his act, Glaser broke character when talking about his son playing little league baseball, honestly revealing to the crowd that he was on the verge of tears, just talking about it. The Brooklyn crowd loved this and lauded Glaser, who quickly got back into character knocking us out with a litany of killer jokes.

The Party Machine continues to be one of the funniest shows and more importantly, some of the best valued tickets going in NYC today. For five dollars you get a raucous good time with some of the best best comedic minds working today. The next Party Machine will be raging at Union Hall on July 30th. Dont’ miss it.

- Alan Smithee

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