Ted Leo @ Union Hall

July 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Comedian Gabe Delahaye hosted Mr. Coconuts at Union Hall last night with a handful of comedians on the bill. And Ted Leo, strangely. I went one hundred per cent for the Ted Leo but didn’t really know what to expect, since Mr. Leo isn’t generally known for his sense of humor (although he does an excellent witty banter). It turned out they had invited him to play ‘three or four songs’ at the end of the show. And that’s one of the things I love most about him: his willingness to still play a couple songs in a weird Brooklyn bar’s basement all by himself even though he has no problem selling out a venue and playing packed shows with his band.

He started off with Bleeding Powers (video here) and One Polaroid a Day, with a new song (The Little Smug Supper Club) following that, as seen in the video below.

He had to stop once or twice but recovered well, but once it was over said he should play one last song because he didn’t want to end on such a terrible note. He then went into a long tangent (involving gin and Kiss and Paul Stanley) explaining why he wanted audience participation, if anyone knew the words (ever the humble performer). It was a fantastic fit for a comedy show but unfortunately went on a little too long for my memory card to handle; I got that and most of the song, but it was a bit of a disappointment to get cut off at the end when the audience participation kicked in.

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