Blue Man Group – “Remarkable!”; Karel – “A Comic for the Ages”

by Buzzin' Lee Hartgrave on May 27, 2011

BLUE MAN GROUP

They are wild, they are hyperactive and they make you hyperventilate. The Blue Man Group is more than remarkable – they are exhaustingly dazzling. Of course, the music blasts you out of your seat. Maybe they should put safety belts on the seats. The visuals are awesome – from the paint drumming to ping pong balls that are caught in the mouths of two of the actors. The Blue guys lift you to a state of exhilaration for 90 minutes. They are weird and wonderful, all at the same time.

The three Blue guys came down into the audience. I was in the front row and they spotted the blue Fedora that I was wearing. They just stood there and stared at me, and the hat. I was worried that they would take my hat and I would never see it again – or worse, that they would drag me up on the stage. I put the program in front of my face to distract them from me. Off they went and got a victim (a girl) to go up on the stage and eat Twinkies with the blue guys. She was a good sport and went along with the fun.

This show is a visual feast with pulse pounding sequences. And like pure thoroughbred Horses – they are a wire-to-wire smash. The audience was mixed. There were Grannies, Grandfathers, Dad’s Mom’s, Children and Teens. There is no doubt about it … this show is a visual knockout.

AT GOLDEN GATE THEATRE

RATING: FOUR GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE!!!! (highest rating) – trademarked-

(((Lee Hartgrave has contributed many articles to the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Datebook and produced and hosted a long-running Arts Segment on PBS KQED)))


Karel. Courtesy Rrazz Room photo.

KAREL – HAS STORYTELLING FLAIR

HE’S A STAND-UP COMIC, HE’S BOLDLY ORIGINAL AND HE IS CERTAINLY A ‘BAD ASS!’ That would be Radio Talk show host Karel who is on (KGO) and an L.A. Radio outlet. He was the star of KGO – until (as Karel sez) – “ A Homophobic General Manager fired me.” Then later on that guy got fired and Karel has been re-hired. You can catch his show on weekends Sat. and Sun. from 7pm – 10pm.

Yes he is outrageous, and no one I know could get away with some of the cracks that come out of his mouth. He uses the “F” word a lot – and he destroys the Rich and Famous. Here’s one – “He’s a Vanderbilt, you know. I wore his Blue Jeans once.” Talking about the Obama Visit to England he says this about the Queen of England: – “What does the Queen carry in her purse? Keys? An ATM Card? Or – maybe a picture I.D? What does she need a purse for? She has security to carry her stuff.” He love’s Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. – “I call her show the dyke-a-rama hour.”

He tells us all about his financial setbacks. “It’s good to see you here. I need money. I’ve got your F—ing money and I don’t give it back.” He flaunts his treasures. – “I have an I- PAD and Therefore I-AM!” And he doesn’t leave out any of the disasters in the Midwest and the South of the Country. “Have you noticed that the storms seems to follow the Trailer parks? What they should do is put out some empty Trailer’s in parks in deserted areas. The Storms will go right to them and leave the rest of the population alone.”

Now, just to let you know. Karel talks faster than a two-gun sheriff. So, some of the quotes were a close as I could get trying to keep up with his quips. But, I tried to catch the fun and meaning of his talent. It’s hard to do on paper. Better to see him live and get the real feel of his talent for comedy. Biting Comedy at times, but terribly amusing.

Karel has recently been at the Rrazz Room, and he will be back again. He is a regular. So, if you missed him this time – follow the Rrazz Room lineup at: http://www.therrazzroom.com/

To find out when Karel will appear again. He’s devilishly entertaining!

RATING: FOUR GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE!!!! (highest rating) –trademarked-

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Buzzin’ Lee Hartgrave is a longtime theater critic in the San Francisco Bay Area. His reviews appear each Friday in Beyond Chron.

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