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Comedy Central Stars Shine in Central Park

by Photo of Antoinette Cammarano

Comedy Central brought out some of their biggest stars to perform at SummerStage in Central Park.

Just call it a good ol' family entertainment! 

Well, not exactly..

Central Park's SummerStage, an annual concert/event series produced by City Parks Foundation, drew a crowd of over 5,000 eager fans of all ages and backgrounds, all dying to catch a glimpse of their favorite comedians on Wednesday, June 26th. And boy, they did much more than catch a glimpse.

Comedy Central bought out some of their biggest stars for "Stars Under the Stars," an event held in the Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. The lineup included Gabriel Iglesias, Amy Schumer, Jeff Ross, John Mulaney, Adam DeVine, and Dan Soder. Bringing a motley crew such as that together set the night up for success. 

And succeed it did.

Dan Soder, comedian on Comedy Central's The Half Hour and newest commentator on MTV's Guy Code, opened up the show with some side-splitting humor. Bouncing across the stage, apparently drawing his energy from the audience, Soder did not censor his jokes in the least (which was brave of him, being in an area as diverse as Central Park). Cracking jokes about how Russians are the "scariest white people around" ("You think dis is bad neighborhood? I show you bad neighborhood") to jokes about the next generation of soldiers being wiped out with a bag of gluten (damned Millenial parents with their hipster children), Soder's opening set perfectly set the mood for the rest of the night's shenanigans . 

As soon as Soder left the stage, the emcee of the evening bounded onto it. Gabriel Iglesias, star of Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution, Comedy Central's highest rated stand-up comedy show, got the crowd roaring as he told numerous jokes.

My personal favorite? His list of drinking songs for different ethnicities. White folk have Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" (no objections there), African Americans have the Jeopardy theme song, and Asians have..."Kung Fu Fighting." 

Needless to say, the crowd responded with uproarious laughter. This would not be the last we saw of Gabriel throughout the show.

First on the list of comedians was Workaholics star Adam DeVine. Full of energy and charisma, DeVine told us his favorite stories about getting recognized by fans. Peppered throughout his performance were mini-skits of him talking to his beer ("You're amazing at karaoke!" "Don't call me no Hollaback Girl!"). DeVine engaged well with the audience and made sure he connected with each side in some way.

Following DeVine was former SNL writer John Mulaney. Mulaney opened his set by making fun of his previous performances, specifically one that had gone horribly wrong in Tennessee. On a "2 x 4 plywood stage next to a beer truck," Mulaney dealt with one of the most difficult audiences of his career. 

Laughing at his own jokes, Mulaney seemed extremely happy to be on stage, which made his performance that much more enjoyable. I might have been biased toward his awesome vintage Lou Reed shirt, but that's another story entirely.

The joke I enjoyed the most from Mulaney came toward the end of his set, when he began talking about being a child and going to school. He spoke of the mindlessness, the monotony, and how "homework is letters from midgets filled with old news." Couldn't ask for a better closing line than that.

The Roastmaster General himself, Jeff Ross, came to the stage following Mulaney. Host of The Burn with Jeff Ross, Ross has made a career out of shamelessly making fun of other people. So instead of making fun of some random celebrity, Ross had ten members from the audience come on stage so he could roast them live. 

The ten audience members included a 12-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl. I'm sure their parents were real happy about their decision to get onstage. Each member Ross roasted took it like a champ (one guy even spilled his beer all over himself, the stage, and partially on Ross). Full of profanity and good humor, this skit easily became my favorite of the night.

Following his roasting of the audience members, Ross brought out a guitar and a female companion named Georgia, and the duo asked the crowd to join in singing one of their favorite songs, "Have a Blessed F**king Day." Although the song title may lead you to believe it is of the hardcore variety, it was actually sung by Ross and Georgia with a southern twang and mellow guitar.

Let Jeff Ross tell you to have a blessed f**king day, and watch the video here:

The last performer of the night was Amy Schumer, star and host of Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer. Schumer's set was the shortest of the show, and dealt with topics ranging from her outfit (which was "help your friend move clothes") to her sex life. Although her set was short, it was definitely a quality one.

Gabriel Iglesias ended the night by telling a few of his older jokes, and thanking everyone for coming.

Comedy Central truly pulled out all the stops with this show. An amazing performance was given by each comedian, and each of the Comedy Central stars shone on stage. Comedy Central's Stars Under the Stars was a great event, and hopefully Summer Stage brings it back in the years to come.

The 5,000 fans who packed into Rumsey Playfield look like they had an amazing time. I know I did.

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