Written By Jonathan Stroughter,
So on a Wednesday I received a facebook message inviting me to this comedy event at a cool little spot called Gasa Gasa. It was a friend of mine who couldn’t make the show but he knew I would be honest, so he asked me to go and write a review on it. I was a little skeptical at first because I’ll be the first to let you know that I’m not big on comedy. I don’t know why, but I don’t laugh. Ever. And I get the punch lines, they just don’t make me chuckle. Not even a little bit. But I’m a good friend so I did as he asked and went ahead and attended the first live performance of The Second Line show. The Second Line show consists of a group of young talented actors who goal is to put on a great show and basically make you laugh till you can’t breathe. They are blunt, they curse, and they aren’t scared to go THERE, if you know what I mean.
The 1st skit was about a family of basically wore clothes that were to small and chanted and rhymed everything. From the prayer before dinner, to the death of the family cat. Which apparently, they weren’t to upset about. We had the “crazy” daughter played by Amanda “Manda B” Rose, the father played by Stephen Harrell, the son played by Pete Johnson, the loaded mother played by Riga Watkins, the son played by Pete Johnson, and the other daughter, played by Ashley Starling, who gets caught in a rather hilarious but compromising position. The entire thing was gut wrenchingly funny, and was a great way to open the show.
Next we had a stand up comedy act by LA native Amanda G, who claimed she had gained too much weight to ever go back to her sunny home. She was funny, bold, and unapologetic. She made fun of her “lesbian haircut”, her new body that was created by lots of beer, and her collection of shirts pro gay shirts. My personal favorite : “My Penis is a Fist.” I’m glad shes gotten too fat to go back home, and I’ll personally buy you some more beer to keep you here. We definitely need you to stay Amanda G.
The third act was a skit that took place in an office work environment between coworkers who pretty much hated each other. And we’ve all been there because we all have a co-worker who we would want to fucking kill, and ask “How the hell did you get this gym with your level of intelligence.” The skit included Manda B, the Host of the show Theard “Tillmack” Tillman, and Amanda G. It was fun, and relatable. And just as funny as the first.
Then we had a monologue by Riga Watkins. In her monologue Riga takes us on her daily experience on the RTA bus. From watching the “big fat thots” shake their ass trying to get a ride instead of having to wait on the bus, to being accosted by the “fat sloppy nigga” with jelly steins on his shirt and his ass crack showing. This was probably my favorite. I laughed so hard i had tears coming out of my eyes. She has a truly has a gift.
The final skit was about a new couple on a date, who couldn’t keep their hands off of each other. The couple was played by Till Mack and Riga. When the waitress, played by Ashley, comes to take their order, Riga promptly lets her know that she’s not for the flirting and to “Get the fuck up away from my table.” Only to run into two of her former love interest which gets Till Mack’s all rilled up. The whole thing was pure comedy, and a great way to close the show.
I have to say that I was honestly shocked. Not because I under estimated these young actors, but because I literally laughed from start to finish. I have to reiterate that this is coming from a person who sat through The Hangover (1,2, and 3) so silent you would have thought I was in a library not a movie theatre. The show was great and I can’t wait for the next one. Afterwards the cast went around and shook hands with everyone and thanked everyone for coming. We should have been thanking them. Great work guys, great work.
Amanda “Manda B” Rose
Amanda Golob “Amanda G”
Theard “Till Mack” Tillman
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