I was in the front row for this show, in the last seat over on Steve's side, so I basically watched Al, Steve and Jim in profile the whole show. So close to the speakers, the bass made my breastbone feel like one of Bermuda's tympani. I was sitting next to a first-time concert goer, with only very limited acquaintance with the newer material, so I got to enjoy the jokes for the first time all over again vicariously through her. She really got into it, doing her best to follow along with things like the Amish hand wave, and she got a line sung to her during WBUL. She was thrilled!
Al was a human whirlwind during You Make Me. A boneless human whirlwind with hair that acted as an independent life form. I love that song live. It just comes rolling out at you. Amazing.
The night's snotty barista worked at Kelly's Coffee on Katella. Al really is pacing himself on that monologue, giving it extra drama, and I think it made it easier for people to follow. It certainly got a great laugh.
One benefit of being over on Steve's side was watching the extra little jokey stuff he does, like setting his mic in the stand at one point during W&N and pretending like he was texting. Or during Whatever You Like, at "the underwear at Goodwill is nice" he flipped up the side of his shirt and reached for his waistband as though he was going to show us just how nice it was.
After the show, I was waiting for Vikki so she could give me a ride down the street to where my car was parked, and to my complete surprise, Al decided to come out and meet the fans there along the fence. I never would have expected that at an OC show, but it was a fairly small crowd, so I guess that helped. And of course, not expecting to have a chance to talk to Al, I didn't bring along the one last copy of When I Grow Up that I'm hoping to ask him to sign for my one remaining bookless elementary-school teacher friend. Ah well, I guess I'll just have to keep going to concerts until that happens. It doesn't get any better than a front row seat and a chance to greet Al.