When Kelly got on stage, he talked at first to all the “baldies” in the crowd. He had a lot of energy and the room dug it. You could see that people in the front rows were nervous, as Kelly picked people out and started talking with them.
When someone heckled him from a back table, he joked about them being from Lakeside and said that people there “close escrow on their house at the DMV.”
Franklin’s act was hysterical. One of his bits was about how at his age, when he sees a Playboy centerfold and her date of birth, he thinks, “I wonder what her mom looks like.” I couldn’t believe he could keep us laughing through such a long set. I think he was on stage close to 45 minutes.
I ran into Kelly, who was rushing to get out of there. He’d just flown into town that day from Phoenix, where his mother-in-law had passed away. He seemed sad. He told me he had to catch a plane back to Phoenix.
“How could you do comedy under those circumstances?” I asked him.
“Yeah, it’s hard. I almost missed this show.”
Editor's note: Sean Kelly is a sales consultant to the Reader. Josh Board has appeared on Chip Franklin's radio show on KOGO 600 AM.
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