Thanks to Mani Khawaja for sending this in:
I was lucky enough to attend Mick Foley’s comedy show last night and had an amazing time out. The event was very well organized and everyone in the audience got a chance to have a picture taken with Mick or get something signed before the show began, despite it being a sell out.
Mick Foley was a consummate professional, although towards the end of it, he seemed understandably worn out. I told him I occasionally blogged for the Express Tribune (sort of like Pakistan’s Huffington Post) and was going to do a write up on his charity work with RAINN and he asked me to stick around after the show and he would let me know about a raffle he is doing for the charity (www.realmickfoley.com/mania) with amazing prizes that include 2 tickets to wrestlemania, the hall of fame and Monday Night Raw amongst others.
The audience was primarily built up of wrestling fans, something that was evidenced when Chris Brooker, who was the host of the evening, asked for a show of hands of people who were comedy fans but not wrestling fans, not a single hand went up.
Chris talked about his love for wrestling, having attended wrestlemania 25, and not honestly being able to tell his girlfriend
My favorite comedian of the night had to be Brendon Burns who seemed to be the most passionate about wrestling. You could actually see how excited he was to be touring with Mick Foley. His set of jokes were all wrestling based and extremely hilarious,
Mick Foley came out to his entrance music and a huge “Foley” chant. He feigned frustration at having to come out to that music and demanded something more appropriate and dignified for a five time New York Times best selling author and then stormed to the back. He then came out to Brodus Clay’s entrance music dressed in the red tracksuit with a “red pimp Santa Claus hat”, doing the whole entrance routine which also included the opening comedians with their T-Shirts tied in knots gyrating everywhere and doing the claw. That was by far the highlight of the night.
While Mick’s act was never belly ache inducing laugh out loud funny, it was always entertaining. He’s a gifted speaker and he had the audience in the palm of his hands, recounting old wrestling stories. He talked about his Hell in a Cell match with Undertaker, freaking Kane out with his intense preparation for his Wrestlemania match with Edge and getting motor boated by Velvet Sky.
One anecdote I found really amusing was his chance meeting with George W. Bush and the former President going “Bang! Bang!” complete with the hand motions. He jokingly made a deprecating remark about TNA, but immediately followed up with, “I’m only kidding! I know they did an amazing show here in London.” He did a question and answer session where he was asked where they
The last question asked whether it was true that Sid Vicious “shit his pants” at Wrestlemania 13 against the Undertaker. Mick Foley said that while he did not know for sure if it had happened in that particular match, it wasn’t uncommon for wrestlers to do so, him included. He wrapped up the show by singing the rebuttal to the Barry Manilow’s song Mandy, from the point of view of the girl which resulted in him hilariously cutting an intense promo on Barry Manilow for treating her like a dog.
When I met him after the show, during our conversation I told him that I loved his political insights and mentioned a conversation he had with AJ Styles on TNA’s Spin Cycle. He told me that he always tries to make sure that his comedy routine is inclusive to people of any political leaning, for example, George Bush was a big wrestling fan and Obama wasn’t. All in all, it was a great night out, and I would recommend it to people who are deciding on whether to go. For about 20 pounds, I would say being treated to three solid comedy opening acts, as well as getting to interact with Mick Foley, the shows are definitely a bargain!
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