Zoofest: Mike Ward “Pedophile Jokes and Death Threats”
I wish it wasn’t, but it’s still a bit weird for me to see Mike Ward perform in English. No matter what I do, I can’t help but keep thinking “Wow, I can’t believe he’s this good in English, too!”. I guess that’s not the worst thing to be thinking.
Mike Ward is unapologetic, tasteless, and as nasty as nasty can be while still being hilarious. The man’s got no boundaries, but he embraces it in a way that somehow makes it all ok. If I was programming this festival, I’d pick him over Bobby Slayton as a host in a second – not only is he vulgar and hilarious, but he’s got the ability to tear up a room without breaking a sweat. Sure, Slayton’s a big name, but let’s face it: His material is as old as his wife, and he could use a touch more charisma. But enough about him, let’s focus on Ward.
Ward’s show is pretty straightforward, and his style is nothing new, though his years of experience have clearly served him well – the man knows how to work his crowd. His overtly friendly manner makes all of his material seem ridiculous, which allows him to push the envelope with what he’s actually saying. The man’s figured out how to be filthy and loveable at the same time, and that’s a deadly combination.
If you’re into no-holds-barred comedy, then this one’s a no-brainer: Go catch Mike Ward at Katacombes, he’s there until July 28th!