Tuesday January 26, 2010 / 8:00pmSF Sketchfest Presents The Dave Hill Explosion with Dick Cavett
General Admission Special (Limit 4)
915 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
How was your experience?
"The Dave Hill Explosion"? More like "The Dave Hill *Implosion*". Simply put, probably the worst comedic performance I've ever seen in my life. Long rambling bits with no punch line, such as the opener, reading a story about an elephant in India named Osama Bin Laden, then referred to going forward as 'not the well known one, but the elephant.' Uh, okay. Next was the 'big opening', with a tiny fog machine and him singing "Dave Hill EXPLOSION" to the tune of Foreigner's "Urgent" whilst dancing around like a special needs twelve year old and then (very unfortunately) ending with a shirtless Dave triumphantly declaring the show open. Oh, I get it, it's not really a 'big opening' but you call it that, hilarious. Wants to be the next Andy Kaufmann, I guess? The video bits were just as painful as the live action. Adding to the cringe factor was that out of the 20% full audience, nobody was laughing, except for one of the Sketchfest producers who was over compensating by cackling at ever single bit; doesn't add in any way if the 'setup' gets the same hollow giggles from only one person in the crowd the same as the 'punch line'. After Dick Cavett came out things markedly improved; the man is a legend and it was great to finally see him live. The show ended strong with Gordon Gano (frontman of The Violent Femmes) playing a violin and singing some old and new stuff.