EUGENE– When Doug Benson hit the WOW Hall stage at 7:30 pm Thursday night, the crowd was “prepared” for him. Celebrating his signature stoner-comedy, there wasn’t a clear eye in the house that night as the man behind Super High Me thanked the crowd for showing up.
“It’s funny when I play shows, because two things always happen. First off, the venue always calls my agent and says, ‘Oh my god there’s NO advance ticket sales!’ and my agent has to say, ‘Relax, relax, they will come!’ Secondly, at the end of the night the venue always says, ‘Holy crap, we sold a shit ton of food!'” Benson told the standing-room-only crowd.
“For those of you who didn’t see the movie, it’s basically just like Super Size Me, except with pot, and we proved that smoking it is much better for you than McDonald’s…” He joked about his movie, Super High Me, in which he abstained from smoking marijuana for 30 days, took the SATs- then smoked for 30 days straight, and took them again. He actually got a better score in Math on the SATs he took while stoned.
Benson also hosts a podcast called Doug Loves Movies and hosts a stand-up show on Comedy Central, The Doug Benson Interruption, in which he interjects his own comedy into other’s stand-up trying to “make it funny.” Doug Benson is also an avid Tweeter, and often incorporates Tweets into his shows.
As far as another movie goes, “I’m just going to copy whatever Morgan Spurlock is doing. His new movie about product placement paid for itself with the product placement in the movie. So I’m going to make a movie about stand-up, and to pay for it I’ll tour. It’s going to be great, it’ll be called The Greatest Movie Ever Rolled and it’ll pay for itself with the shows it films.”
On his podcast, Benson has told fans to bring nicely decorated nametag/signs to his shows in order to “play the Leonard Maltin game” in which they are quizzed about movies based on reviews by film critic Leonard Maltin. Thursday’s crowd came prepared glittery, lit-up signs in hand, and the end of the show featured a rousing round of “The Leonard Maltin Game.” I even managed to get a shout-out question… well… half-right (I should’ve said Nightmare on Elm St).
After the show, well let’s just say the signs weren’t the only thing lit up and covered in glitter. A rather large crowd dared the bitter cold (and state and federal law) in order to brave a “circle” behind the WOW Hall. The cloud was big enough to put the whole neighborhood to sleep… I should know… I saw it while I was driving home- it was way too cold to hang! All-in-all Doug Benson’s comedic stylings were perfect for this 4/21 crowd, “A holiday so much fun that Eugene does it for two days! Tell you what Eugene, I’ll be back here next 4/21 and we’ll do it again, sound good?”
Sounds good to me. Check out Doug Benson’s podcast and/or Super High Me, he’s a comic with one of the funniest deliveries I’ve ever seen… so even when his jokes are misfires, he keeps you laughing the entire time. Benson rocked the WOW Hall, and if all goes well, he’ll be doing it again next year.
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