Hot 97 hosted their annual comedy show on Wednesday night (April 1), and their lineup of comedians kept the audience laughing from beginning to end.
Every line was crossed and no one–absolutely no one–was safe.
Host Cory Holcomb warmed up the night, starting off fairly innocently before transitioning to some entirely too graphic abortion jokes between acts and ending nearly every sentence he uttered with “goddammit.”
Props go out to him for handling a heckler who was screaming from the center of the theater for him to get off the stage. Holcomb didn’t even flinch, brushing him off with a couple of aggressive one-liners. Ultimately, the crowd booed their fellow attendee in support of Holcomb.
He also shone in one particular moment that was probably mortifying for the people involved, but hysterical to everyone around them. Holcomb noticed an usher bringing a couple to their seats near the front of the theater, but the seats were already occupied. The comedian took it upon himself to provide running commentary as the issue was sorted out, with absolutely no remorse. Golden.
Richie Redding was a personal favorite of the night, launching immediately into his set by acknowledging that he…er…lacked a bit of color compared to the rest of the room. He continued to express his desire for an “interracial hookup,” to keep it PG, and how his pursuit of a black woman named Keisha one night ended in a brawl.
Damon Wayans, Jr. kept it in the family, talking about some fairly-awkward nights out he’s had with his father. The lesson being? Don’t party with your Dad when you’re both interested in the same type of women. It never ends well.
Donnell Rawlings is probably headed for a career in modeling after this show. Never have jokes about excessive Instagram selfies been so accurate, complete with the over-the-top posing and pouting, filters, and the captions: “Current situation!” Hilarious.
The show ended with none other than the man, the myth, the legend–Sinbad. The veteran comedian started out by complaining about his slot in the lineup. We were dangerously close to the cutoff point and, as he pointed out, he was way too old to be staying up so late. He proceeded to deliver some of the best lines of the night, talking marriage and cheating, with a little help from some women in the audience. He, more than anyone else, left us needing more.
Shoutout to Ricky Velez, Drew Frasier, Rob Stapleton, Lavell Crawford, Deray Davis, and Deon Cole, who rounded out the lineup. You all did your thing!
A note for any future comedy show attendees: Do not, I repeat, DO NOT sit in the first few rows. You are running the huge risk of becoming the target for a comedian whose joke you may not have the spine to handle.
You’ve been warned.