UPDATE: 2/26/16 5:30 p.m. Updated to reflect that the venue has 2,571 seats
Evansville, Ind. – Blue Collar Comedians Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy team up to go on their “We’ve Been Thinking” tour. Tickets are still on sale online for areas such as Joliet, Ill., Cincinnati and Akron, Ohio for those who live in the Indianapolis area and want to go.
The show was on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Old National Events Plaza in Evansville, Ind. with tickets going for $40 each.
The show started at 6 p.m., and only lasted a little over two hours with an opening act, Foxworthy and Larry’s acts, and finally ending with a brief Q&A session with the crowd. While that may have been short for me, it unfortunately felt twice as long.
With material that felt uninspired and overdone, most of the show fell flat on its face, mainly from Larry the Cable Guy and underground comedian, Nick Hoff, who opened the show.
Both Hoff and Larry seemed to have jokes that someone would easily make when hanging out with a bunch of friends, not something that is worth telling in room of over 1,000 people who paid $40-$200 to see it.
Most of Hoff’s jokes relied heavily on him and his wife as he kept making jokes that his wife would most likely not appreciate him saying. They were all based around strippers and sex, and after a while, got old very fast.
Larry’s issue was not only his material written for a crowd of 7-year-olds, but it all seemed phoned-in. Nothing felt memorable with his set other than his constant fart noises. Even Hoff was worse, but more memorable than him.
Foxworthy was the best part of the show and did actually manage to have a good act. He’s sold over 40 million albums of his work and it mostly showed why he’s sold that many copies.
While the first half of his act was a bit offensive as it had a bit too many sexist/stereotypical jokes about women on topics of packing for trips and going on car rides. It did work, as many including me, did get a good amount of laughs.
The highlight of Foxworthy’s act was his segment, “Fact of Life,” as he made jokes that were not only relatable, but also spoke a lot of truth about what’s happening to our world today. But, those also had some jokes that were pretty racist like:
“Fact of life, watching a scary movie is fun, but watching a scary movie while behind a bunch of black women is even better because it’s free commentary,” he said then proceeded to mimic his idea of stereotypical black woman.
The weirdest part of the show was its audience. I went with my family and we couldn’t find a single non-white person in the crowd. It was a theatre that holds 2,571 people, so to not find someone within a different race/ethnicity was shocking, even for a show starring half the “Blue Collar” group.
I went to a school in a town near Evansville and was one of two minorities in my graduating class, so it wasn’t something that I haven’t experienced before. While expecting there to be a lack of minorities, I didn’t expect there to be absolutely no minorities.
It’s unfortunate to say that I live in a world where I have to settle to be in groups that consist of mostly only people of one color, and that shouldn’t. It happens in theatres, classrooms, even within my own friend group. For a time where everyone’s wanting to unite one another, there seems to not be much progression, at least in Indiana.
This aspect shows both that these comedians only cater towards redneck white folk and the fact that most people in the theatre probably didn’t even realize their surroundings, or acknowledge enough to care.
Comedy is supposed to be catered towards everyone, not just one specific group of people.
Successful comedians evolve with what goes on in the world today and adapt so they can create new material. Tina Fey and even Foxworthy do this, but people like Larry the Cable Guy don’t seem to understand what it means to evolve as a comedian.
“We’ve Been Thinking” tour will continue until May 6 in select areas, but unless you were really a big fan of them during their “Blue Collar Comedy Tour,” then spend your hard-earned money on something more valuable than a very sub-par show.