The White Rabbit may be home to a burlesque troupe, but every third Thursday, comics take the place over to provide entertainment of a more cerebral kind. The match-up makes sense: Back in the day, skits and one-liners provided filler before the dancing girls; one had to listen to jokes before one got to see tatas.
Last night was the White Rabbit’s twelfth such comedy show, and there certainly were a lot of laughs and some quality comics. Host Isaac Landfert warmed up the sparse crowd of polite, smart, mostly twenty-somethings; he was comfortable on stage and seemed to enjoy every minute of his time up there.
Hometown hero Jimmy Roberson, who can’t stop being featured on rooftopcomedy.com, followed. Roberson is funny, though his style is a curious one. One worries that he's going to forget the next word of his joke, but that’s part of the fun; he’s the king of the pause, and once you catch his rhythm, his material will win you over. This guy is one to watch.
Another undeniable treasure is Cam O’Connor, who slid into his set with a devil may care attitude that put the crowd at ease. Whether the audience laughs or not, O'Connor always seems to have a good time, ultimately giving the audience permission to relax.
Headliner Marques (Marcus) Bunn has been working for fourteen years, accumulating over an hour and a half of material over time. The forty minutes he shared with the White Rabbit crowd was thoroughly enjoyable.
Bunn sets himself apart from other headliners with interesting, really creative, impressions. Everyone does a Christopher Walken, but Bunn does Walken singing No Doubt’s "Bananas." He does Gordon Ramsey yelling at people about using a microwave wrong and imagines Matthew McConaughey and Owen Wilson as James Bond.
Beyond impressions, Bunn makes stories about going to the track and shopping at Old Navy hilarious. Anyone who works talk of a Trapper Keeper into a comedy routine in the present decade deserves some credit.
The next edition of absurd third Thursdays falls on January 19, 2012.