Crackers Broad Ripple; Jan. 7-11
This performance would be brilliant, if only Knope did not write jokes. He thrives in the impromptu, but his preconceived humor was often times mildly obvious and familiar. His merit lies in crowd play and strong, professional vocals that complement his energy. He has a modest but confident Midwestern appeal and serviceable familiarity with Indianapolis, which added to the flavor of his "it's funny because it's true" jabs at The Star
and Purdue. Despite an obnoxious corps of drunken cowboys trying to ruin everyone's evening as they scratched, bit and clawed their way into his routine with surly table-talk and slurred shouting, Knope preserved his poise and maintained a professional command. However, he was upstaged (narrowly) by the opening comedian Tres Croswell, whose first 10 minutes were the best 10 minutes. Strangely ironic for a comic with a heavy penchant for penis jokes.