Re: This weekend: Paul F. Tompkins' "Laboring Under Delusions"
The best sports announcers are often known for shutting up and letting the action speak for itself at the most climactic moments within a game. Vin Scully gets a lot of credit for this technique (some might even say he invented it). I don't know that I've ever thought of it in the context of stand-up comedy until tonight. Paul's handling of the "king hat" joke evoked that same thing to me. The way he just lets the concept sink in, while also wordlessly conveying his disdain for this neanderthal customer, before eventually blurting out, "What are you doing?" is masterful. I love the whole special but that part is the pinnacle for me. I loved it just as much on TV as in person and am really looking forward to getting the uncut version this week.
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