Comedy Festival veterans know that Saturday night is always big. Big crowds, big names, big expectations — we, for one, were excited for Adsit and Eveleth, the two-person improv team consisting of 30 Rock‘s Scott Adsit and improv superstar and Comedy Fest regular Jet Eveleth. And they didn’t disappoint. They started off the night with a request for something embarrassing that you’re attracted to in the opposite sex, and though Theatre 99 was pretty quiet for a moment, one brave woman yelled out “Chest hair!” One of the best moments of the night was in the very first scene, when Adsit unbuttoned his shirt to reveal a hairy chest.
The two played Eastern European immigrants, a ditzy actress and a salt-of-the-earth actor, and an artist and wife, among others. Eveleth had fun with silly voices and bizarre body language, while Adsit occasionally took things into meta-improv territory, memorably telling Eveleth in one scene, “You create me every time you react to me.” How true that is. The two were so good that they even had us laughing at a pedophilia joke involving a seven-year-old autistic temptress.
Afterward, we headed to the Footlight for the stand-up of Vic Henley and Rory Scovel. Local comedian and two-time winner of the Charleston Stand Up Competition, Dusty Slay, opened with some seriously funny dog jokes and some cracks about waiting tables. Henley, an Alabamian who’s lived in New York for more than 20 years now, got the crowd going with jokes about Paula Deen, wheelchair bus riders, and politics. His ending story, about seeing the Klan when he was in high school at a middle-of-nowhere gas station, was as shocking as it was hilarious. And we dug the free-associative shenanigans of Scovel, who walked on stage in character as a Christian comic-preacher and basically went everywhere else one could go from there. At one point he walked through a door at the side of the stage, closed it, and told a couple of jokes unseen.
Scovel and Henley made us glad we skipped the Finale to check them out instead — and that’s saying something. From there, it was on to Butcher & Bee for the after-party, which, as usual, rocked. Late-night eats and a crowd full of comedians are pretty much all you need to guarantee a fun night.