Spring through the Glass

25 Feb

So long, Winter

Aah, spring.  Can you feel it?  Are you seeing it?  This passing week has brought a thaw to Atlanta, and it seems like the city is waking up and stretching.  Crews finally shoveled up all of the snowcalypse gravel and sand from Spring Street on Monday, the cherry trees are beginning to bloom, jonquils are sprouting, cars are getting dusted with pollen and area hobos are emerging from their underpass boxes.  But the surest sign?  I caught my first glimpse of 2011’s hookers last night hanging out at the 10th Street Checkers on my way home from The Laughing Skull Lounge.

I don't wanna say Margaret Cho has done anything inappropriate to get the Skull love, butt...

You know how else I know it’s spring?  “Lucky to be Chinese” Margaret Cho is back in town and giving out her love in surprise bursts.  You know Margaret, right?  She had that semi-autobiographical All-American Girl show about growing up in a Korean house on U.S. soil, toured about a jillion colleges with her stand-up (I went to a private Baptist college…they never booked her), stars on Drop Dead Diva and glided across our TVs recently on Dancing with the Stars.  According to Margaret, that show is fucking a lot harder than it looks; primarily because the fix is in.  You all know that I love some behind the scenes, first-hand dirt and she threw a few nuggets my way.

Margaret has totally endeared herself to the Atlanta comic community.  She lives here part time and has really gotten to know our fair city.  Sometimes when you go to see a band or comic, they’ll do that whole “insert town name here” shout out with some quip they saw in a SkyClub rag: “Hey, alright Hotlanta!  Woo-hoo!  How many Peachtree Streets do you have?”  Yeah, MarCho doesn’t play that.  She is familiar enough with our fair city to know Riverdale, reference Cabbage Town and to have been to Steeplechase and figured out that it’s white Freaknik.  Our secret has been exposed.  Yikes!!!

Got-it-together Rich Vos

It was a star-studded night at the Skull.  It was all big names.  Comedy Central darling, Rich Vos took the stage.  He’s not a joke guy, but he can work a room.  Solidly.  He’s pretty intense and honest.  Off the bat he let us know that he is a former crackie and cokehead with OCD.  Hil-ar-ious, huh?  Actually, like anything, once you are distanced from it you can find the funny nuances.  So even though he hasn’t hit the pipe in about 25 years, he still has a lot of addict behaviors and affectations that he just can’t seem to shake.  They are revealed in every day tasks like the way he buys his donuts and coffee.  It’s a little sketchy.  Rich is actually headlining at The Funny Farm this weekend, so if your ride is all gassed up you can hit the Skull one night and the Funny Farm the other.  Win-win.

Todd Glass...or Treat Williams?

I think that everybody pretty much has a doppelganger; I know that I do, because everyone tells me, “Oh my God.  You look just like my friend!”  I never do and neither does Todd.  Todd Glass thinks that he is actually a blend of two famous faces: Fred Flintstone and Mel Gibson.  I was thinking more like Treat Williams, but I saw his point.  Whatever the case, in all of his made up stories, where he is the star, he is always the funniest and best-looking guy in the room.  And I saw his point.  I don’t know what Todd would do if he couldn’t have an audience, and I mean this in the nicest way.  I’ve never seen someone involve so many people in their act.  Now, that could be because he’s a bit of a pre-show burner and you know how stoners always want to tell you how high they are and want to topic skip.  He’s not at all harshed mellow though.  Todd has an endless supply of energy, and he does go long.  So pee first, because if you think for a minute that you are going to sneak in a potty break during one of his tangents you are sorely mistaken.  He will call you out and then forbid you to leave.  Not a bad fate.

Rich, Hot Damn and Todd...a bit of a blur

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