The University of Rhode Island ushered in the 2014-15 school year with a bang on September 2, after the comedy performances of Pete Holmes and his opener Chris Thayer had the crowd in stitches last Tuesday night.
Holmes, former host of the TBS program, “The Pete Holmes Show” and current voice of the podcast, “You Made it Weird” on The Nerdist Network, came to URI last week as the first event from the Student Entertainment Committee this school year. At his side was Chris Thayer, a former writer for “The Pete Holmes Show.”
Thayer kicked off the night with a deadpan set that included stories like how he interviewed for a rodent-infested apartment in San Francisco with a cocaine dealer and her best friend. While being both self-aware and extremely charming, Thayer gave off a sense of relaxation while talking about vulgar and mature subjects that you don’t hear every day.
Holmes began his performance with his most significant memory of Rhode Island: a story about how he lost his virginity to a girl in Providence. He said a trip to the Cheesecake Factory led to a second shot at romance for himself and his dateWha following an unsuccessful first attempt. Though his comedy is not for everyone, his signature brand of self-deprecating humor and loud shenanigans definitely did the trick.
He had the crowd in an uproar throughout his entire set and even performed some of his more popular jokes from his podcast, like “We Won One Juan” and “Get Beers, Pierce.” After extending his contracted set for about 30 minutes, both Holmes and Thayer made themselves available to anyone in the crowd that wanted a picture and an autograph or just a hug and a hello. The duo seemed very energetic and happy to see smiles on all the faces of the people that came out to see them.
For just $10 the show exceeded my expectations and was well worth my money. Before the night’s events, I had only followed Holmes’ career from afar and had no previous knowledge of Thayer’s work. It was without a doubt the best comedy show I have ever seen live and I would happily pay more to see the two once again.
Holmes will continue to tour, with upcoming dates in the West and Midwest. He will return to New England on November 29 at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston.