31 July

We went to see the "Tribute to Nerds" show at the annual Montreal Comedy Festival last night. It was totally sold out.

There were some great highlights and I especially liked the spot by Kumail NANJIANI, but a substantial fraction the comedy from several of the other comedians on stage was based on tired old "nerd stereotypes" which was rather disappointing. The hosts Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar from the TV show Big Bang Theory did a good job, (even though they read from a teleprompter much of the time and didn't actually attempt to do traditional standup themselves). They pitched a range of jokes include showing shots of famous IT personalities ("here's Mark Zuckerberg, who invented a social network so he wouldn’tt have to meet people"). Dan Mintz also had a really excellent act that was presented with an unusual deadpan style.

It was still a good time, but didn't live up to my expectations. I did have a headache going in though. Of course, live stand up if intrinsically both hit-and-miss, and also very dependent on your mood at the time.

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