When the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival lands at Mandalay Bay (Saturday, September 21 7:30 p.m., $55-$135), it’ll do so, in its Las Vegas iteration, without the “curiosity festival” midway portion that’s a staple of other tour stops. But it will also come in as the biggest comedy event we’ve had since the days of the old TBS Comedy Fest. (With apologies to the brilliant Anti-Social Network Tour with Bill Burr, Dave Attell, Jim Norton and Jim Breuer.)
And while everyone knows how brilliant Dave Chappelle (read our interview here) and Flight of the Conchords are (and if you don’t, please be assured that I never really liked you), there are a slew of comics that may be somewhat unfamiliar to any but the most inveterate podcast listeners and Comedy Central hawks. So here, then, is a brief rundown of your non-Kiwi, non-Rick- James-impersonating Saturday night entertainment.
Who: Festival host Jeff Ross
Best Known For: Being the producer and a ubiquitous presence on the Comedy Central roasts.
Most Recent Special/Album: The Comedy Central Roast of James Franco.
Our Favorite Moment: His stint on the Pam Anderson roast, in which he came out in a fur coat, then blasted Courtney Love and the rest of the dais in maybe the five most brutal moments of his career.
Who: Al Madrigal
Best Known For: His stint as a Daily Show correspondent.
Most Recent Special/Album: Why is the Rabbit Crying?
Our Favorite Moment: Starting up the day laborer dating game show.
Who: Chris D’Elia
Best Known For: Co-starring with Whitney Cummings on the NBC sitcom Whitney.
Most Recent Special/Album: The parody rap record ChankSmith: Such is Life.
Our Favorite Moment: Drake, crying in the shower.
Who: Hannibal Buress
Best Known For: Writing on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock.
Most Recent Special/Album: Animal Furnace.
Our Favorite Moment: Wishing illiteracy on the children of the person who stole his debit card.
Who: Jim Jefferies
Best Known For:His FX series Legit.
Most Recent Special/Album:Fully Functional.
Our Favorite Moment:Getting attacked on stage, coming back and salvaging what was left of the set.
Who: Kristen Schaal
Best Known For: Turns as a Daily Show correspondent, Mel on Flight of the Conchords and as the voice of Louise on Bob’s Burgers.
Most Recent Special/Album: Kristen Schaal Live at the Fillmore.
Our Favorite Moment: Her mind-bending, audience-baiting surreal disappearance from the stage, culminating in being upstaged by a sassy six-year-old trading on lady-comic tropes.