Dave Attell’s Raunchy Comedy Conquers Audience at the Paramount
Carlos Villamayor, Featured Writer
Dave Attell’s night at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater on August 20 was hysterical from the get go, thanks to an opening act that set the mood with outrageous jokes about sex shops, human anatomy, and poorly-executed tattoos.
Once Attell took the stage, it was clear the tone of the night would not get any less risqué. No subject was out of bounds for the Brooklyn native. From vaccinations, Taco Bell, and the Olympics, to sex toys, genitalia, and racism.
Attell demonstrated not only a quick wit, but also a remarkable capacity for adapting to his audience. It was clear that Attell, having arrived to Peekskill just hours before the show, used what time he had effectively.
The comedian brought the audience to tears making fun of the antique stores in town–how many there are and how they were all closed–and with his repetitive jabs at some neighboring areas popularly considered “shady” by locals. Not even the Subway next door was safe from Attell’s clever eye.
Halfway into his routine, Attell announced “Operation Zebra” and walked down the stage for a tête-à-tête with various patrons. The audience was very participative, too, constantly shouting less-than-appropriate responses to Attell’s rhetoric and non-rhetorical questions—further fueling the comedian’s fire. Attell himself praised the audience as one of the best he has had.
Attell’s causticity aside, he is at heart a man of the people. After the performance, the comedian joined the patrons who were leaving the theater and posed for pictures with anyone who approached him.