Comedian Corey Holcomb, who currently plays "Boonie" on Adult Swim's Black Jesus, is definitely not for everybody, at all. If there are certain topics and language that you feel should not be used ever, especially in a joke context, stay clear of Corey Holcomb. Because I'll tell you, on Thursday October 30 at the Fort Lauderdale Improv, there were some unhappy, shocked, sour faces peppered in with people besides themselves with laughter.
And to be quite honest, at times I found myself shocked at the things he was saying, I didn't agree with his stances on most things, but I'd be a bold-faced liar if I said I wasn't in stitches most of the set.
But let's take a quick step back. Kicking off the night's festivities was Atlanta-based comedian Lav Luv. Luv strutted on stage in a very nice, very shiny suit and pretty much had the crowd on his side from the get-go. He covered a good range of topics, from raising teenagers to his mother's predilection for toothless men, moving from one to another with a very natural ebb and flow which made it feel like you were almost a part of a conversation.
Lav Luv did a perfect job warming up the crowd, got everybody laughing and in a good mood. Then Luv introduced Corey Holcomb, and the atmosphere changed almost instantly.
As soon as he was introduced "The Imperial March" (Darth Vader's theme) played. And it was probably the most fitting song he could have chosen. His first words on stage were "Ya'll don't know what you got yourselves into, I'm the guy who starts off with abortion jokes," and boy did he ever.
But, somehow, it was really funny -- his perspective on it more than the actual trip to the clinic. Like a Seinfeld bit about going to the grocery store, but instead of a grocery store it was... you get it. From there, he accused a big chunk of men in the audience of having "side bitches" with them, which didn't thrill a lot of the women in the crowd, but Holcomb really did not seem to care. He fed off of it, and just kept going, from "side bitch" drama it naturally progressed into stories about him dealing with his "side-baby" (According to Holcomb "Not a real baby, it's a side baby. It's 3/4ths a real baby" But he also did say "side-babies" are stronger, and they grow up to be successful rappers). He talked of his "side-baby" intermingling with his other kids, and a long spiel about how men cheating on women is a natural instinct, and should be socially acceptable.
During all of this, I'd hear loud laughter coming from all around me, but when I turned my head to look, there were a lot of women who did not look very happy with the content of his set. There were people so offended, they just up and left.
Honestly, I can understand that people took offense, but for whatever reason, I didn't. Corey Holcomb's delivery, timing, and joke-writing ability is really just amazing. He tackles subject matters that I normally would brush off as just crass for the sake of crassness, but Holcomb shaped it into one of the most clever, quick, hard-hitting, messed up stand-up sets I've ever seen.
If you are somebody with a strong constitution, and you're looking for a great night, make sure to check him out from Oct. 31 to Nov.2. If you find yourself getting upset with other people's insensitivity, or you find certain subjects impossible to be joked about, you may want to go to a movie instead.