Saints & Sinners Comedy Tour Hits Crosswire
Friday, August 19th, was the Saints & Sinners Comedy Tour at Crosswire. Before the show started, while the patrons were getting their drinks Matt Lumpkin and Patrick Jolle walked around, handing everyone a card to fill out. People could ask any question they wanted, with the understanding that their questions would be answered by both comedians near the end of the show. Both comedians were down to earth and very personable. We found ourselves looking forward to the show even more after our brief encounters with them for the cards.
The comedians had an adventure coming from Louisiana to Texas as their transmission went out in the middle of nowhere. They still made it on time, and the results of bad fortune was nowhere to be seen in their show. We applaud them for being true professionals of their craft.
Andrew VanderLinden served as the emcee and opening comic for the evening. He made jokes about being a pizza delivery boy, among other subjects. He also did an impression of Leonardo DiCaprio that had the entire audience in laughs. We look forward to hearing more from this comic in the future. Having the job of warming up an audience is something that I personally never want to have to deal with. Andrew ended with what he called his groaner, and the entire audience indeed groaned at the joke.
Next up was Patrick Jolle, who relayed stories of dating in Atlanta, Georgia, going on Waffle House/Walmart dates, living with his girlfriend, and explaining the Checkout Freak-out. He also shared stories about his friends and family, along with driving a Hearse in high school, and his love of Alaskan Snow Crabs. His comedy style got lots of laughs, and from Paris where many times comedians have a hard time getting people into the show, he did a great job with it. I personally wanted to get his CD after the show but we had to run off to cover another event. I will be checking their site soon to get one. Parick Jolle is a funny man and we hope to see him come back through here one day.
The next comedian of the night Matt Lumpkin took the stage after Patrick finished his set. Matt relayed stories of in-laws, marriage, kids, loitering, his wife’s pregnancy, among other topics. He also shared funny stories involving his father’s insurance salesman job and owning an emergency camper, home videos, the differences between men and women, and sibling rivalry. While making us laugh Matt also made us all believe in love, children, and laughter. This man has a great gift of being very funny while at the same time using his own life stories of happiness to make us all share in the feelings. My husband and I snuggled a bit closer after hearing him describe his relationship with his dream girl and laughed at every family issue that we could identify with. Matt Lumpkin is a great comedian.
The show concluded after Matt and Patrick were both onstage, fielding the questions audience members came up with before the show started. When they answered questions involving tacos, hand puppets, and Who Shot First [Han], you could tell the two toured together and were good friends. If you get a chance to see these guys in Paris, Texas, or any other town on their tour do not miss out next time. It truly was one of the best shows in Paris for awhile.
If you haven’t had a chance to enjoy any of the LMAO Comedy shows at Crosswire, watch the site for announcements and press releases. Or you could also check out www.lmaotexas.com or their Facebook page.
Photos courtesy of Robbie Gunn