Orange County Fair: A Whole Lotta Fun
Carrot Top's Tops For Laughs
|Tasting that flaky pastry filled with chocolate whipped cream whisked me to heaven.|
At 8 p.m., we were treated to a performance from Carrot Top. I must say that I went into the show not expecting much. After all, I find those AT&T commercials to be highly annoying. Lemme tell ya, this show was superb. That wacky Carrot Top has a great mixture of props, personal jokes and musings, special effects including strobe lights and a projection screen at the rear of the stage, and sound bites including snippets of songs incorporated into certain jokes. All in all, it's a must-see Good Time!
Carrot Top fires out his own brand of humor with rapid-fire succession while often snickering at his own jokes. He told the audience he's jealous that the members of *NSYNC get paid millions to sing and dance while he's stuck crazy-glueing and duck-taping props together for a living. This comedian is the master of clever homemade inventions. The audience was laughing almost non-stop and I found myself having to gasp for extra oxygen on many an occasion.
The fellow Angeleno opened his show with a rip on L.A.'s traffic, calling an orange construction cone the "California State Tree." He dedicated a segment of his performance to the plight of the airlines and their security. There were jokes about checking in your tiniest bags or walking through the security checkpoint with big bags of cocaine and weed now that the focus is on terrorists. For one bit, he donned a monstrous backpack, about the size of a king-sized mattress, and pretended to walk onboard an aircraft and say, "It's okay, I'll just toss this into the overhead bin." Then he went on to pretend he was at Saks Fifth Avenue as Winona Ryder: "I'm just browsing." Ouch, my stomach hurts!
And then there are the props. Carrot Top travels with over 30 trunks full of his creations. On stage Thursday night, we saw nine of them. There was a microphone with a bong attached so that Whitney Houston can take a hit mid-song, a tray for bulimics which includes an attached toilet ("I wanna be a supermodel! Puke!"), a flask tie for the American Airlines pilots, and a fork with pre-recorded messages such as "Yes the food is good, yum yum," for those times that the waitress asks you how your meal is while you're chewing your food. How about holding a dog leash, with no dog, while walking through a Vietnamese restaurant and calling for your missing pup? For some fun next time you're driving and you see a hitch-hiker, take Carrot Top's advice and throw on a Crash Test Dummy mask before you pull over and offer a ride to the next town. This is the part where I lost one of my lungs from laughing too hard.
|The audience was laughing almost non-stop and I found myself having to gasp for extra oxygen on many an occasion.|
One trunk contained redneck props with the likes of a cell phone (an actual pay phone that hangs on your belt), a graduation cap (a green John Deere baseball cap with a tassel), and a boot with a built-in kickstand for drunk cowpokes. There goes my other lung!
The wacky comedian spoke about music and golf, and how we've come full circle in this country. How is it that the best golfer is black and the best rapper is white? How true. He asked, "Who watches golf?" and then proceeded to snore. He posed such questions as why do the golf announcers whisper?
"Who here likes Britney? How about Metallica?" Carrot Top then wondered aloud what it would be like if Metallica sang Britney Spears. The lights went down and we were suddenly transported to a Metallica concert with Carrot Top as the band's singer. Singing and growling just like him, he performed his own heavy metal version of "Oops I Did It Again."
For his finale, Carrot Top dove into his "rock and roll" trunk which consisted of wigs, costumes, and props which he used to make himself into many famous rock stars, one after another. With superb lighting and a concert atmosphere, cheering crowd and all, he made himself into Guns N Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Bono of U2, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Dolly Parton, all five members of KISS, and so many more. He finished by wearing nothing but American flag/striped pants and a flag scarf wrapped around his neck, a la Mick Jagger. At the end, he fell to the ground after turning to face the audience with an oversized pair of lips stuck to his face.
Has anybody seen a pair of lungs?