X96 hit up the The Oddball Comedy Festival at USANA Amphitheater this past Saturday.
Saturday's Oddball Festival featured a solid line-up: Jeff Ross, Whitney Cummings, Chris Hardwick, Demetri Martin, Hannibal Buress, Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari, and Louis C.K.. A comedy show that started with the sun still out, in an amphitheatre seemed odd, but once the joking started the crowd was ready to laugh. It was fantastic to see so many people out to support comedy. The crowd's energy would fuel a great evening of comedy.
Brody Stevens of "Funny or Die" welcomed the crowd. He told them about the discussion with Will Ferrell about bringing the show to Salt Lake City and entertained the crowd before welcoming the first comic, and host and Roastmaster General, Jeff Ross brought his energy to the main stage.
Brody Stevens welcoming the crowd
Jeff Ross, sporting a new look, turned his roasting skills to the crowd before introducing the first comedian.
Jeff invited several members of the audience on stage to subject themselves to the verbal blows of Roast Master.
Jeff Ross Roasting the crowd
Following Jeff's honorary local roast, the hilarious Whitney Cummings took the stage.
The self-pronounced single and on-the-prowl, Ms. Cummings, best known for her NBC sitcom "Whitney" and as the writer and creator of the CBS hit, "2 Broke Girls" put on a very casual and hilarious set about her relationships and where she is at in life, most of which consist of men's odd, intimate expectations of her.
The Nerdist's and @midnight host, Chris Hardwick was welcomed by a warmed-up crowd. Even though Chris had just performed at WiseGuys Comedy a few months back, he kept his set fresh and interactive. Within the first few minutes, Chris climbed down from the stage to join the crowd and see the fans. Chris' set also talked about the recent death of his father, the legendary Bowler Billy Hardwick.
Following Christ Hardwick's set, the always hilarious Demetri Martin took the stage. Demetri brought his quick, witty comedy and of course his guitar to his stand up show. Demetri's set was everything his fans have expected. It was strong from the start and left everybody in stitches.
Hannibal Buress took the stage next, wearing a one piece jumpsuit featuring Hannibal Burress - brilliant!
Sarah Silverman's crowd work was absolutely hilarious, sitting on fans laps and surely making some of those guys year. Sarah's set is a small glimpse inside her Emmy winning special "We are Miracles" - out September 23rd.
Aziz has reached a point in his stand up where he can't stop writing great comedy. It's rare to see a stand up that can continually write a new hour every year or every other year. Following his Netflix's special last year, Aziz hit the stage with fresh material and kept the crowd laughing. He talked about relationships, vegetarians, his heritage and more.
Then the headliner: Louis C.K. - welcomed with a standing ovation, the rain began to pour. No one left. This was the comic people were here to see.
Louie checking on the rain
Louie was aggressive, yet light hearted.
The Oddball Comedy Festival was an amazing time and something that every comedy fan needs to experience. Thanks to Funny or Die and all of the comics for bring the show to Salt Lake City. No doubts with the enthusiasm and laughter it will be back next year.
Radio From Hell interviews Jason David Frank formerly known as the Green Power Ranger from The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers and fighter.
Bill: “Looking at a picture of you and looking at your tattoos, you’ve got lots of them you know from what I can see from looking at your pictures talk about all of that. Talk about all of that a little bit. Why you’ve done it and what they mean to you.”
Jason David Frank: “I was never allowed tattoos on Power Rangers maybe I’ve rebelled a bit.. No, uhh, I just like tattoos you know I have my little girl on my chest and I just like the design you know I’ve started a clothing company so I can tap out Tap Out which is the first Christian clothing line ever which is called Jesus didn’t tap. So, umm you know it’s a Christian company.”
Check out his show My Morphin’ Life.
Comedian Hannibal Buress called in to Radio From Hell today to talk about his upcoming performance at the Oddball Comedy Festival.
Tell us about the Oddball Comedy Festival
It’s the second year of the Oddball Tour, our first time in Salt Lake City, but it’s a big tour. We have Louie CK, Sarah Silverman, I can’t remember all of them in Salt Lake, and it changes every city. Jeff Wilson and Live Nation Comedy just had the idea to have a big comedy tour at these outdoor amphitheater. It hasn’t been done before, and it’s been really cool, very different and very exciting.
What’s comedy like in the day time in an outdoor amphitheater?
It’s different when it’s day time. If it’s good comedians and the crowd gets into it, then it can be great doing comedy in the day time. It gets a little darker as the Main Stage starts. Ideally you want it to be darker when you’re doing comedy. If you’re doing dirty jokes people may not want to laugh at it in the day time because they feel more visible and people can see them, but it still works. If people are up for having a good time, it doesn’t matter if it’s sunlight or darkness.
Where does this adrenaline junking come from?
I was filming for 6 weeks ago and fractured my foot. It really hurt. I thought about where it comes from and I just like the rush of jumping out of an airplane. It’s a sport. Maybe it’s the on edge stuff we do like MMA, jumping from bridges and airplanes. I have a little girl that does front flips in my living room and have Cami who plays with nun-chucks. I don’t really know where it comes from but it really keeps us on our toes and keeps me alive.
If you can be any color Ranger what would it be?
I love the Green Ranger. I love the original cast. But things started getting weird and crazy. Changes kept happening and I kept changing suits. I never regret anything and I can what I want. I love having no pressure. To me, it wasn’t about the color. It was annoying but every season has memories and all different. I grew up with most of these guys. It’s not about money or anything. It’s my choice. I want all my fans to be happy.
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Every Sunday night channel 2, aka KUTV, profiles a different local personality. This last Sunday they profiled Radio From Hell and X96's Kerry Jackson. They talked about growing up on a farm, Kerry's battle with cancer and what makes a person a geek. Check out the segments below and get to know Kerry a little bit better.
Kerry on getting into radio.
Kerry on being adopted.
Kerry on not having kids.You can watch Bill Allred's Person2Person here.
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