“Who?” the some audience members whispered to one another, but the people who watch “Chelsea Lately,” the late-night TV show hosted by Saturday's main act Chelsea Handler, knew exactly who MacDonald was and cheered a little louder to compensate.
MacDonald, a frequent round table guest on Handler’s show, warmed up the crowd not only with her jokes about parenting and dealing with her husband’s ex-wife (complete with impressions), but the attractive MacDonald helped the men warm up their drool for Handler.
While MacDonald’s comedic focus on family might have been therapeutic for her personally, allowing her to make fun of her “manic-depressive-bipolar-Catholic” family and the soccer moms she doesn’t quite fit in with, nearly every middle-aged woman in the audience nodded and giggled in agreement.
As MacDonald’s seemingly short 30 minutes came to an end, a tiny blonde wearing a bright pink frilly tank top rushed out from the seats, glass in hand, and nearly tackled MacDonald with a hug. MacDonald passed off the mic and Handler sat her glass of Grey Goose down on the stool behind her.
Handler’s act completely contradicted MacDonald’s, as the 33-year-old comedienne poked fun at her friends who get married, have kids and buy a mini-van for one child.
While Handler’s act took on topics ranging from sex and the ugliness of male genitalia to her father’s struggles with being a creep, she kept the crowd laughing, clapping and giving each other “been there” glances.
Not only was Handler able to keep the funny going, but she made the act conversational, as if she was hanging out with a group of friends at a party telling them a crazy story from last weekend — even when she picked on the girl wearing a skirt and no underwear in the front row.
The lessons Handler has learned since moving to Los Angeles at the age of 19 and the kooky things she has encountered are a large part of her stand-up comedy, and it showed when she got in some jabs at Tori Spelling, Oprah Winfrey and Britney Spears.
Anyone at the show who got stuck sitting next to people they either didn't know or didn't want to know thanks to the Grand Theatre’s table seating, the laugh factor quickly dissolved all tensions.
Completely worth any drunken-neighbor discomfort, Handler and MacDonald are a must see act for anyone — over the age of 18, that is.