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    Black Humor at The Egg

    So a few nights ago, Herman and I went down to The Egg in Albany. We saw a comedian named Lewis Black. We’d seen him several times on the Comedy Channel and on John Stewart’s Daily Show and really liked him.

    The show started off with an opening act by John Bowman, a comedian I hadn’t heard of before but thought was very funny. He had a bit of a confrontive style, going into the audience several times for adlibbing with audience members.

    Herman and I were sitting in the handicapped section, which was a straight shot in from the lobby, but up on the second floor, so we were fairly safe from any heckling.

    Once Lewis Black began, he immediately complained about the parking at The Egg, as he feared he’d be late to his own show. I have to agree. The traffic clog with a relatively small crowd there is something I can’t even imagine if several thousand people were trying to arrive at once.

    Both comics were politically minded, which was lots of fun. Let’s face it; the current administration gives us lots of material. But Black was hard on the democrats as well. He said our basic choice was between bad ideas and no ideas. And that’s certainly the truth.

    I had never gone to a concert with a comedian as a headliner. It was really neat. Basically the stage is set with a microphone and a stool. The rest is up to the comedian. He even used his bottled water as a prop. He went off on all the brands of bottled water and that we as consumers buy it because we don’t have decent water coming out of the tap any more.

    Both comedians seemed very comfortable with the audience and themselves. And that put the audience more at ease, I think.

    When we got into the elevator that took us up to the concert, the gentleman working the elevator remembered us from the last time we were there. Now remember, we’ve only been to The Egg once before. But I guess I’m easy to remember, being in a wheelchair. I’m memorable for other reasons too, I’d like to think. My suntan is my signature trademark. Not to mention my winning personality. I’m humble too, don’t you think?

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"