So last night's show had a slightly different vibe from Monday night's show. Still a lot of energy and the guys were on fire, but security was way less uptight and completely allowed photography (so long as there wasn't a flash, and no video), so we got LOADS of pics. I still have to go through them weed out the blurry ones and upload, but I'll post them as soon as I can.
First thing we noticed was a spotlight shining on the right of the stage, down in front of the seats. When Arj came up on stage, that's when we realized the light was for an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, who was signing to that area of the audience. There were actually two interpreters, who switched off during Arjâ€™s routine, and then when the guys came on stage, each interpreted Bret and Jemaine respectively. It was very cool to watch the signing - and made for some very funny banter from both the guys and Arj.
Arj changed up his routine. I guess I was expecting it to be pretty much the same material night after night, as stand-up can kinda be that way - but he totally added some new stuff. There was a hilarious bit where he talked about his insurance provider, Blue Shield, and how if it were a REAL blue shield and only kicked in after it suffered a multiple blows, people would be pretty outraged. Then he reworked a mattress store joke from the previous night, adding a really hilarious bit where he spoke in a "Canadian accentâ€, saying that Canadians didn't get that joke (about feeling sad and alone when going to sleep), as they have universal health care. It took him a few minutes to notice the ASL interpreter, but when he did, he made a joke about wanting to get with her and then when they switched to the other interpreter, he was confused, "where'd she go?". Every once in a while, he'd look over at the interpreters and say, "just checking to see if you were laughing" (they totally were).
First off, Bret totally shaved the beard! He has a hint of a moustache. I think it's cute, Sara thinks it's a tiny bit skeevy, but you know, he looks adorable no matter what his facial hair sitch is. Jemaine, on the other hand is still quite scruffy and both guys had pretty unkempt hair, like they just rolled outta bed and came on stage. Jemaine wore the same shirt from Vancouver, jeans, and white sneakers. Bret wore a button-down shirt over a tee, which appeared to have a zebra on it? We'll post pics soon. Also, no zebra or gold pants during encore â€“ they just kept on their same clothes.
The Seattle crowd was really well-behaved again â€“ even better than Monday night â€“ no heckling or any of that. (Yay for polite PacNWâ€™sters!)
During Stana, the part where Jemaine says â€œthis are the weirdest words youâ€™ve ever heard if you've got ears, and if you donâ€™t have ears, itâ€™s the strangest story youâ€™ve ever lip-readâ€ he added, â€œthis was actually part of the song, we didnâ€™t change it for tonightâ€ as he looked over at the ASL interpreters, chuckling.
During the banter after that, Jemaine quipped, â€œthis next part of the show will be in New Zealandâ€™s native language, Maori.â€ He cracked up and that got a big laugh from the interpreters and the audience.
At one point, Bret asked how many people had seen them live before. Those of us who had, cheered. And then Jemaine said â€œall of you?â€ And then Bret asked how many hadnâ€™t seen them live before. Bigger cheer. Jemaine said, â€œWhere were you when we needed you? This is our fourth time here. Where were you during Bumbershoot 2005?â€ The audience cheered and laughed.
During the beginning banter, Jemaine made a joke about how everyone in the audience must work for Microsoft (since it was Seattle), and those that didnâ€™t were members of Pearl Jam. They kept referring to their set list as a â€œdocumentâ€ for the Microsoft workers, and called it a â€œset listâ€ for the Pearl Jam members of the audience (since they were â€œin the bizâ€). Jemaine impersonated the Pearl Jam members of the audience while speaking in a southern accent, and then laughed about how he didnâ€™t know why they had a southern accent.
The other thing that kind of ran through the whole showâ€™s banter was when people yelled out requests, Jemaine said â€œweâ€™ve already discussed it backstage, it has been prophesizedâ€ â€“ he talked about a pharaoh who was backstage (and talked in a deep southern-tinged voice), and Bret played along but instead of saying pharaoh, he said genie by mistake, so Jemaine made a joke about how the pharaoh can turn into a genie.
We canâ€™t exactly remember who it was in reference to, but at some point, Jemaine asked the ASL interpreters the sign for â€œassholeâ€ and then proceeded to use his newly learned sign toward a heckler. I'm fairly certain one of us got a shot of Jemaine signing asshole.
During Sugalumps, Jemaine got right down into the orchestra pit and then two security guards (slowly) walked toward him to â€œhelp himâ€ and Jemaine kind of hoisted himself back on stage and quipped â€œthanks for your help... she was attacking my sugalumpsâ€ or something to that extent. We also got Rhymenoceros for one of the encores.
I didn't stick around after the show to see if the guys came out. It was awesome meeting them on Sunday, so I'm happy to leave it at that. Wish I could have stuck around to see tonightâ€™s Seattle show too, but I had to get Sara back to the airport, and I have to work tomorrow.
GarÂ·funkÂ·ling (verb) Funky cuddling with the candles twinkling.