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The World’s Most Uncomfortable Chair (and a Little Comedy, too)

25 Mar

Saturday night was date night. And we’re not talking any ordinary date night – this Saturday, we dared to venture to the…. MALL OF AMERICA. AH! On a Saturday night. During (an increasingly annoying, long) winter. What were we thinking?! Truthfully, the worse part was finding a place to park, even though I can navigate that mall like my own backyard.

Mall of America

While we try to have at least one date night each week (even if it’s just running to grab some sushi quick), it’s been difficult the past few weeks with how busy life has become! Between covering for people at work on spring break and the Minnesota Wild playing well, Pat has been a busy bee working extra long hours. I’ve been playing catch-up at work ever since the beginning of the year when a co-worker left for a great (well deserved) opportunity and becoming more involved in expanding on my online marketing knowledge. It was a much needed night out.

While we had our sights set on going to the Acme Comedy Club in Minneapolis, tickets sold out much more quickly than we had anticipated to see Henry Phillips. Since comedy was the desired activity, we searched for a new option and stumbled upon Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy at the Mall of America; Joe DeRosa was performing and though we were hesitant to venture to THE mall on a Saturday night, we thought we’d give it a shot.

The House of Comedy was quaint and provided an intimate experience; we didn’t feel like we were one of hundreds of people crammed into a dingy, questionable auditorium – it was actually quite the opposite. However, the House of Comedy has the world’s most uncomfortable chairs. I’m positive I was re-situating myself every three minutes to try and get comfortable – nothing worked. Our lovely table mates must have thought I had A.D.D.

Amber Preston (a fellow Midwesterner) opened for DeRosa and certainly played up her northern accent. Normally, I’m not a fan of female comedians – with the exception of Chelsea Handler – but I enjoyed the way Preston accented her “o’s” and played off the audience. There was one awkward sketch where she pulled some poor soul on stage to make hand gestures and imitate  her while she sat in the audience talking.

Once Joe DeRosa hit the stage, I feared for our boredom over the next hour. Not knowing anything about him, I wasn’t sure what to expect. His first words: “I hate my life. I’m so unhappy.” Ugh. What did we get ourselves into?! I guess DeRosa’s schtick is to play up how miserable life is, but it turned out to be quite entertaining (and sadly, quite true at times!). My favorite sketch was at the end of his show when he rambled on about Kentucky Fried Chicken for 15 minutes (!). Post-show, we wandered around the mall and I conned Pat into buying fresh cookies from the Nestle stand – only because there was a line of 20 people waiting to get Coldstone ice cream and I was too impatient to wait for sweets.

Would I attend the House of Comedy again? Absolutely. Would I attend another Joe DeRosa show? Maybe, though I might opt for someone – or something – a little more upbeat. Would I go back to THE mall just for Nestle cookies? Hell yes! Overall though, it was a fun (and much needed) evening out.