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Review: Reno 911! Show at Largo
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Around Los Angeles, Largo has long been known as a solid comedy spot to see great people doing exactly what made you love them in the first place. Six months ago, you probably wouldn’t have found as much experimental comedy going on there as you do know, and that is certainly a good thing. Lately, it seems, Largo is undergoing another comedy renaissance; with the arrival of the Doug Benson Interruption, the emergence of Largo from a once-or-twice-a-month spot into a weekly venue for great laughs is becoming unavoidable, and completely welcome. The Reno 911! Benefit Show last Wednesday is a great example of where Largo is headed, and the future looks bright.
LAist did the best it could to hype this show for you, but in case you still (stupidly) missed it, keep on reading.
The show opened with every member of the Reno 911! show on stage, doing what they do best... making the audience laugh. Tom Lennon made sure to leave it all hanging out, and new additions Ian Roberts and Joe Lo Truglio gave the crowd a good idea of what to expect for the upcoming sixth season of the show. After that was a melange of great comedians all doing character work, loosely themed around Reno and their police force. First up was Heubel and Scheer arguing about the benefits of charity versus handjobs (a toughie), followed in no particular order by Andy Daly reprising his Skip McCabe singalong character (a personal favorite), Besser as a former pickpocket using his trade to make Walsh feel foolish, and an absolutely amazing latino radio DJ character by Nick Kroll. Man, Kroll just killed it.
The point is, Largo is really stepping up their game lately, and this show is just one example, not to mention all of the comedy celebs and fans came together for a great charity. Now, with that being said, ticket prices at Largo CAN be somewhat prohibitive in this economy (around $25 a show, as opposed to the $5 the Benson show used to be at UCB), so you may not be able to catch everything Largo is starting to throw your way. But with Mike Burbiglia’s one man show and Aziz Ansari coming up, it’ll be hard not to plunk down some cash.