ReviewĖJeremy Hotz at the Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, March 13 2010
– by Mike Herle
What makes Jeremy Hotz so funny? His trademark mannerism of covering his mouth and face as he smirks at his own jokes?¬† His quick wit when he works the crowd? His¬† experience in movies and TV (Just for Laughs) and as a comedy writer (for The Jon Stewart Show)?
Whatever it is, the funny was on full display¬†at a packed Vogue Theatre Saturday night. After welcoming¬†the audience with “I’m glad we’re finishing this bullshit tour. I’m tired,” Hotz was off, sharing his thoughts on a wide range of topics: marriage (“I was married for well over a year. I gave it the community college try.”), public transit (“Look at people’s faces through the window on a bus. The bus is a shit mode of transportation!”), and, of course, pets (“My dog got a haircut. It’s like he’s a bald dog – now cats try and fuck him!”).
Some of the crowd interaction drew the biggest laughs:¬†“You two, lawyers, married? How do you have a truthful conversation?”¬† And in the great comedic traditon, Hotz did have local references: “Maple Ridge? Where the fuck is Maple Ridge? Isn’t that a breakfast sausage?”
What was most impressive was what’s often lost at even the best¬†standup shows: keeping up the energy and sustaining the laughs with no lulls. People arrived primed to laugh, of course, and Hotz harnessed this energy masterfully. For all of the 80-minute set, it seemed laughs built on laughs.
This was especially true during the inevitable Olympics jokes. After reminiscing about the gold medal hockey game and the 1972 Canada-Russia series, Hotz acknowledged the drive of the women’s hockey team: “Hey! Our bitches came to play!” He also congratulated our gold medal men’s curling leader: “That bastard with the bald friar-thing head – it looks like a curling rock, it’s confusing! Just put a handle on it!”
Although he’s billing his current tour “It’s the Most Miserable Time of Year Tour”,¬†Hotz did occasionally take a break from smirking, whining and complaining to provide some tender but blunt words of encouragement: “You’re on your own in this bullshit world.” Maybe so. But for this hilarious¬†evening, it seemed¬†people were anything but alone, and the misery was definitely good company.