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Published on May 4th, 2009 | by Sharilyn Johnson


A very belated Flight of the Conchords post

Geez, was this really 2 weeks ago? (Insert excuses about work/life here.)

The blogosphere (still a word? really?) is riddled with reviews from the current Flight of the Conchords tour, all of which are penned by those with much more passion for Bret and Jemaine than myself. Don’t get me wrong, I think they’re wonderful — but boy oh boy, are their fans dedicated! I suppose the first indication of that was when I slept in, missed the ticket onsale time by an hour, and ended up having to buy a scalped ticket.

Instead of a standard recap, here are a few of my pics of the boys in action:


The show was wonderful, but didn’t blow me away, probably because I was spoiled by seeing them perform on a bill for free at the UCB Theatre in NYC about 3 years ago. I can’t expect them to beat that.

What I would like to write about is my experience at Massey Hall. Despite the number of live events I’ve seen around Toronto, this was my first time at the popular venue. The camera policy was simply “no flash, no video”, so every second person was struggling to focus their iPhones on the stage, including the woman sitting next to me. Of course an automatic p&s camera phone isn’t going to get anything but blur from the balcony, but I wasn’t going to ruin the girl’s fun. No, I left that up to the usher for our section, who repeatedly interfered with our row’s enjoyment of the show by coming down and telling the girl she couldn’t take video. (She never was, of course, she was just waiting for a shot.)

Yes, I get that you’re bitter about your yellow polyester vest. And no, you don’t get paid enough to own one of these fancy picture-makin’ machines and therefore understand the difference between a video and a picture. But after proving yourself wrong the first time, maybe it’s not worth the repeated trips through people’s sightlines to maybe make a bust.

Massey Hall is a lovely venue, and I hope to see many shows there in the future without the ushers acting like mall cops.


About the Author

is the author of the book Bears & Balls: The Colbert Report A-Z. Called "one of the city’s most discriminating comedy critics” by NOW Magazine, Sharilyn has been covering comedy for longer than she cares to admit. She served as the comedy reporter for Winnipeg's Uptown Magazine for five years, and was the host of the radio show Laugh Tracks for three seasons. Her work has also appeared in the Toronto Star, the Winnipeg Free Press, The Apiary, and on CBC Radio's national comedy programs LOL and Definitely Not the Opera.

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