Chicago-area comedy fans turned up in droves on Saturday night for Funny or Die’s 2015 Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, which took place at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL. Kicking things off was Comedy Central Roastmaster General Jeff Ross, who acted as the night’s MC but also found time to deliver two sets of his own comedy, packed with hilarious jokes as well as crowd roasts — both voluntary and involuntary.
Nobody was safe from the moment Ross came strutting out to Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust” for his first set of the night. The insult comic wasted no time taking jabs at some of the more usual suspects including Bill Cosby, Bruce Jenner, Donald Trump and The Pope… and needless to say the audience was rolling. However, as per the usual with Ross, it was when he turned his focus to the audience that things really lit up.
Pointing his phone’s camera at fans and beaming it to the venue’s several giant screens, he ventured out to the crowd to throw comedic punches during a segment he called The Roast Cam. His all-in-good-fun verbal assault on the audience pinnacled with his targeting a lone venue security guard, whom Ross joked could do nothing more than “sh*t his white shorts” if the crowd of 18,000 bum rushed the stage.
For Ross’ second set — thanks to a handful of willing and brave audience members — fans were treated to a 10-minute, good old fashioned, no-holds-barred roast. Eager to be verbally assaulted by the legendary Roastmaster, a motley crew of misfits lined the stage while Ross took potshots at everything from hair color to clothing style, cultural appeal to physical appearance. His edgiest jab, which was met with a roar of laughter combined with a collective painful “oooh,” came after his crack at a green-haired fella donning suspenders, whom he likened to a cross between a Muppet and the Colorado theater shooter. In other words, nothing was off limits and nobody was safe.
The laughs are set to continue with Funny or Die’s 2015 Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival running through October in select U.S. cities. Visit the official Oddball website more information or to pick up tickets and keep reading AXS.com for the latest comedy news.
Oddball Comedy Festival Tour Dates
Aug. 30 DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
Sept. 4 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY
Sept. 5 PNC Banks Art Center – Holmdel, NJ
Sept. 6 Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – Toronto, ON
Sept. 11 Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA
Sept. 12 XFINITY Theatre – Hartford, CT
Sept. 13 Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
Oct. 2 Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
Oct. 3 MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
Oct. 4 Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood – Atlanta, GA
Oct. 9 Sleep Train Amphitheatre – Chula Vista, CA
Oct. 10 Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
Oct. 11 Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA
Oct. 16 The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Woodlands, TX
Oct. 17 Austin360 Amphitheater – Austin, TX
Oct. 18 Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX