Monday, January 24, 2011

Comedy Central Taping #2: Wyatt Cenac

I'm not sure if Wyatt Cenac is Paul's favorite Daily Show correspondent, but Paul does think that he is the correspondent with the best name.

We hadn't even entered the lobby at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on Friday night before Paul whipped out his iPhone and posted this Facebook status update:

"In line for Wyatt Cenac, wish I had some Wyatt Cnacks."

Yes, it's funny. But less so when you hear it every time he appears on TV.

Needless to say, Paul was delighted to see a taping of the comedian's Comedy Central stand-up show. Truth be told, I was pretty happy, too.

Yes, for the second weekend in a row, we were at New York University for a free Comedy Central taping. No VIP tickets like we had for John Oliver's show, so instead of sneaking straight into the warm lobby we had to wait outside in the biting cold for about 20 minutes.

But the momentary discomfort was well worth it. The show was funny, even if there were no Michael Steele impressions. Or Cnacks.

The cameras never came close to where we were sitting during the hour or so Cenac was on stage, and so much the better. Actually, there are no guarantees the show we saw will even be shown on air. We were told before the taping that Cenac was performing his show in front of two audiences that night -- the second show was directly after ours -- and the show with the better audience would be on TV.

Even if I see the show on TV, I probably wouldn't know if it was the one we actually saw.

Now that we've gone to two of these tapings in two weeks, I feel like I've gotten my live comedy fix for awhile. But if John Hodgman is taping something next week, I'll be there. Or Jason Jones. Or Samantha Bee ...

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