Dave Attell Brings “The Insomniac Tour”
to Chicago’s Congress Theater
By Randy J. Klodz
Dave Attell, most known as host of the hilarious Comedy Central late-night
program “Insomniac with Dave Attell,” brought out the big laughs
as his stand-up comedy tour, dubbed “The Insomniac Tour,” came
through Chicago’s Congress Theater on May 21.
While most comics exude a knack for observing people, Dave Attell tends to
take things a bit further. Take singer Ashlee Simpson. In his 80-minute routine,
Attell said that Ashlee Simpson’s music “is so bad it won’t
go in my iPod,” while in the next breath referring to himself as a “D-level
celebrity.” It’s one thing for comics to take shots at pop culture
icons, but it’s refreshing when a comic such as Attell can also poke
fun at himself.
In Attell’s Comedy Central show “Insomniac with Dave Attell,”
Attell and his crew take over cities across the nation in search of nightlife,
including bars and clubs. And what most often occurs in bars and clubs? Drinking
and smoking. Attell has both of these down pat. In fact, Attell commented
that “it’s so great that there’s a lot of drinking on my
show, because people often buy me drinks.” During the show, a fan delivered
Attell an unopened can of Miller Lite as a sign of appreciation.
The health conscious Attell also poked fun at the practice many states have
adopted where cigarette prices are raised in an attempt to deter people from
smoking. But this logic doesn’t fool Attell. “People don’t
stop buying cigarettes,” he told the crowd, “they just spend less
money on things like vitamins and fruit.”
During his routine, Attell also disclosed plans for a new reality show that
he described as “half ‘Fear Factor’, half ‘Elimidate,’”
and described the feeling he had in what he called “a religious spring
break” during the time we were “Pope-less for two weeks.”
Attell also made light of the “Runaway bride” headlines, what
he called “nosey flower people” that he said should offer a new
arrangement called “the Kobe Bryant bouquet,” his new favorite
dog-themed shade of red, and his sincere appreciation for what he called “sweet,
The tipsy audience loved every minute of Attell’s set, and often he
was left as the leader of a Q&A session, as fans often chimed in with
comments. One female fan extended her gratitude and approached the stage.
She asked Attell if she could “come up on stage,” and although
Attell played along for a few seconds, the stage was Attell’s only.
Attell ended his set with a shout-out to Mitch Hedberg, the late comic that
often appeared on Comedy Central programming.
Comedian/actor Sean Rouse and Chicago-native comedienne Patty Vazquez warmed
the stage for Dave Attell. “The Insomniac Tour” runs through July
7 when Dave Attell visits the House of Blues in Las Vegas. Check local listings
for air times of Comedy Central’s “Insomniac with Dave Attell.”
For more information on Dave Attell log on to www.daveattell.com.