On occasion, you stumble upon something special and unique. This happened to me this past Saturday. I attended Radio Happy Hour, a live variety show performed at Le Poisson Rouge that features guest actors/actresses who read through hilarious screenplays, perform intimate shows and interact with the audience through random quizzes. I have to say that it was a delight to go to; I really did not know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised by the wit and humor of the screenplay and was very pleased by guest actors Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio and comedian Kumail Nanjiani. I was also very satisfied by Tunde's solo performances of "Shout Me Out" and "Young Liars", as I have only seen him perform with TV on the Radio (Oklahoma City @ Diamond Ballroom). Hosted by Sam Osterhout, the show itself was run very well and was funny from start to finish. I definitely recommend catching any of these shows, as they are great entertainment and easily affordable.
This specific episode, "Kumbaya of Terror", revolved around Tunde's camp for ineffectual men and an unsolved murder case. Tunde played himself as a counselor for ineffectual men; random but it worked. Kumail played himself as a terrible ventriloquist along with his "dummy" from Texas, Teddy. Sam played the part as Supple Buttcheeks, though it is pronounced 'Beutzcecks'. The parts of Colonel Van Den Odorballsen and the prospecting Donny were played by Matt Shibiak; he also provided the sound effects for the show. Last, but not least, Robin Reed played the part of Robin Honeycut, an ineffectual Southern gentlemen. Needless to say, the story takes many hilarious twists and turns but was easily enjoyable. Produced by Dustin L. Nelson and Massoumeh Emami, the show was run smoothly and without any hitches. The entire crew at Le Poisson Rouge and Radio Happy Hour should be commended on their outstanding work.
Mark the calendar for November 14th, as Craig Finn and Tad Kubler (of the Hold Steady) will sit in with the Radio Happy Hour cast to bring what should be another entertaining venture; all Radio Happy Hour shows are at Le Poisson Rouge located at 158 Bleecker Street. I was very impressed with my visit to LPR, as it was my first time at the venue. The sound was excellent and the setup were great for a show like this. I look forward to coming back to LPR next week to cover shows for CMJ, so also watch out for that. Below is what took place at Radio Happy Hour:
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Radio Happy Hour w/ Tunde Adebimpe (of TVoTR) and comedian Kumail Nanjiani @ Le Poisson Rouge Reviewed by Scott Rowe, Editor on 4:10:00 PM Rating: