Evaluation: Tom Segura at Exhausting Rock Dwell

Tom Segura is aware of find out how to make you uncomfortable. In truth, he appears to relish in doing so. However what’s much more spectacular than his skill to make a sold-out Exhausting Rock Dwell crowd squirm of their seats is his skill to swing the viewers’s discomfort into uproarious laughter with a fast verbal jab. At his Hollywood cease Saturday night time on his “I’m Coming In all places” world tour, Segura’s efficiency delivered blow after blow of lung-collapsing laughter in what simply may be the comic’s strongest hour of fabric but.

Ten minutes after the present was set to begin, Segura’s voice got here booming over the audio system telling the gang the present would begin in one other 10 minutes. “Go pee NOW,” he instructed, “seize your drinks, go to the lavatory, wash your ass, and get again to your seats.” The group laughed on the impromptu PSA and by the point opening act Josh Potter (a frequent visitor on Segura and his spouse Christina P’s podcast Your Mother’s Home) got here onstage, the viewers had settled in for the efficiency as ushers made the rounds making certain all have been adhering to the strictly enforced no-phone coverage.

Potter opened the present sturdy with a roughly 30-minute set which he carried out with hilarious self-deprecating aplomb. Like Segura, Potter appeared to please in digging himself right into a gap with the viewers and having to win them again over with a joke. You might really feel the gang start to stiffen when he bemoaned all of the luxuries afforded to these in wheelchairs, and you would really feel that pressure break into laughter when he revealed his plan for overcoming his personal partial blindness incapacity when courting. Potter was the right primer for the present, and after introducing the headliner, the gang greeted Segura with thunderous applause.

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Segura started his set by sardonically praising the huge representations of humanity on show at casinos. To each the high-roller strutting in regards to the on line casino ground in luxurious put on and the motorized scooter-riding derelict croaking “hit me” by a laryngectomy, Segura confidently stated “I can see why you’re right here.” From there, Segura dove into the fabric that he has been on tour perfecting for greater than a 12 months. The outcome was a masterpiece of crude commentary and disturbingly intimate storytelling, all packaged into an impeccably polished and hilarious hour-long set.

From his father’s final phrases to him earlier than he handed to answering a painfully awkward query from his son, Segura took the viewers with him by probably the most uncomfortable of conditions and left the gang gasping for air at each punchline and tag. Each bit completely leveled the viewers. I nonetheless snicker each time I take into consideration the comedian misdirection in his reply to his son’s query. Followers of Your Mother’s Home delighted in each podcast reference (although I believe Garth Brooks was much less amused), and the gang laughed and cheered on the pleasant potshots taken at his 2 Bears 1 Cave podcast co-host, Bert Kreischer. The momentum of the present by no means slowed down one iota, and the gang’s laughter crescendoed to the very finish.

The complete efficiency captured Segura at his best possible. In the event you thought the uncomfortably candid storytelling of his 2020 Netflix particular Ball Hog was the height of the comic’s raunchy prowess, Segura’s present hour would make his previous materials clutch its pearls. Whereas the present divisive cultural local weather has been sufficient to trigger many performers to measure themselves extra fastidiously (and in some instances rightfully so), it’s refreshing to see a comic gleefully stomp throughout eggshells moderately than keep away from them.