Humorless Editor

December 3rd, 2008

I took my editor, Katie Dolac, to see Stella on Tuesday. Part birthday present, part thanks-for-putting-up-with-me-for-the-past-year present, I thought she’d enjoy the comedy stylings of Stella, a New York City based-comedy trio.

Stella — former MTV’s “The State” cast members Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black and David Wain — are three of my favorite performers. “Wet Hot American Summer” is one of my favorite movies (Showalter, Black and Wain wrote, directed and/or starred in the 2001 summer camp send-up).

Tuesday’s performance at the 6th and I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. ran a bit long, but I was pretty happy with their set of mostly-new material. One bit, a quick riff on Abbot and Costello’s classic “Who’s on first?” about IBM, bordered on brilliant. They premiered a new video short, “Birthday” (head over to collegehumor.com and watch “Searching for Santa,” “The Woods” and, my personal favorite, “Dickfish.” Warning — these are definitely not safe for work. Or for children).

Dolac (usually) has a pretty good sense of humor, so I assumed she’d have a good time. We did a quick interview the morning after. And, you know what they say about “assume…”
Josh Eiserike: So what’d you learn last night?
Katie Dolac: Oh my God…
J: C’mon Dolac.
K: I didn’t learn anything. I feel stupider for having gone.
J: Why?
K: It’s like “Teletubbies” for 12-year olds.
J: So you didn’t like it?
K: Dude, seriously? Are you like 12 years old in your head?
J: Everybody else seemed to be enjoying that last night. Why do you have to be a stick in the mud?
K: (laughs). Dude, all they did was do poo jokes and I couldn’t see the stage.
J: You should’ve stood up like the rest of us or sat on the back of the seat. Would you have been more comfortable if it were in a church?
K: If it weren’t in a church?
J: If it were in a church.
K: It basically was a church, right?
J: No, it’s not. No. There’s no Jesus.
K: Whatever. It’s like a place where people worship.
J: So you didn’t have a good time at all?
K: It was okay. There were some moments that elicited a smile.
J: What moments?
K: (laughs) I don’t know. I don’t even remember any.
J: Would you recommend Stella to your friends?
K: Probably not.
J: Why do you have no sense of humor whatsoever? I thought you were pretty funny.
K: I have a sense of humor. But I’m not 12 years old (laughs). Or a boy.
J: Stasia liked it.
K: I can’t help her.
J: She’s not Jewish either.
K: I can’t help her.
J: If I understand it correctly you didn’t like it, you didn’t have fun and you’re sorry you went and this was a crap present.
K: (laughs) Oh my goodness. I did enjoy the comedian before the main act.
J: That would be Eugene Mirman.
K: I called my brother after all of this and I was like, “Dude, I just went to a comedy show.” And he was like, “You did? Who’d you see?” And I told him and I was like “have you ever heard of them?” And he was like “No.” “Well, that’s why it wasn’t funny.”
J: It’s also a New York thing. I don’t think you’re ready for New York.
Staff writer Josh Eiserike recommends Stella to anyone who is not a stick in the mud. He can be reached at 703-878-8072.
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