The cult-classic sketch-comedy show The State introduced the peculiar comic stylings of Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter to the world. They followed that with projects such as the movie Wet Hot American Summer and Stella, an ambitious take on the sitcom genre. Their latest project is Michael and Michael Have Issues, a real sketch-comedy show set within a fake sketch-comedy show. Confused? Thats okay; itll still make you laugh.
You can get a taste tonight at Michael and Michael Have Issues Live, where the two Michaels will bring their distinctive brand of humor directly to the masses. And dont worry: Even if youve memorized every episode of the show, youll be treated to new material. Well be doing some stuff together, but were mostly just doing standup, Showalter explains. [The show and our standup] are totally different beasts, entirely. Standup is a totally in-the-moment, live experience. TV is a really slow, involved process. With standup, you just need a microphone. If you have a really loud voice, you dont even need a microphone.
The laughter starts tonight at 9 p.m. at the Ogden Theatre, 935 East Colfax Avenue. Tickets are $26.25 plus fees via Ticketmaster. For more information, visit www.michaelandmichaelhaveissues.com, and catch the show when it re-airs on Comedy Central starting October 21.
Sat., Oct. 17, 9 p.m., 2009