Everyone’s exhausted by Day Four of Bonnaroo, but the superfans of childhood memories, the stoners, the precious babies who are dying for a little air conditioning (raises hand), the comedy nerds, the out-of-towners and the inappropriately young children (we saw a 7-year-old walk out of Bob Saget’s first set!) still line up for hours of their one human life for a taste of that sweet, sweet comedy.
Comic Jared Logan opened, and spoke at length about his Pentecostal childhood. Referring to the Holy Ghost as “Jesus’ cousin who died, or something,” he provided an example of the babbling voices practitioners use when touched by The Spirit, and how sometimes when his grandmother was touched, the opinions of the Holy Ghost seemed to mesh up with the very opinions she herself held. Though religion was scary for him as a child, he said, an effective horror movie for kids would be something along the lines of a film called Divorce. “And it’s all your fault,” the tagline goes.
The Improvised Shakespeare Company was pretty dang hilarious. The six young men, clad in tight breeches, stockings and flowing pirate shirts, created a play out of the audience suggestion “Wu-Tang Clan ain’t nothin’ to fuck with.” This quickly escalated into a totally off-the-cuff story of “good king Macklemore," his lady wife, “a Tribe known as Quest,” and, uh, Vanilla Ice. A great deal of the improvised dialogue was actually in couplet form, and they also managed to work in song titles and facts about the assorted musicians. Oh, and then it was revealed that Tupac was alive and warned everyone against rap rivalries. Impressively nerdy and very funny.
And then Saget! Though he referred to Manchester, Tenn., as “the taint” between Nashville and Chattanooga, he really gave the impression he was enjoying both the crowd and the festival. There was extensive back-and-forth between Saget and assorted audience members, like Cindy the Town Whore, the screaming bro (Colton, I believe) who was very stoked that he was being paid attention, and of course, the ASL pros who get stuck signing jerk-off motions and "poop" every freaking year. It was a loose set that was scatological, sexual and funny. Saget’s not above telling stories about his old Full House days and current relationships with cast members, and he specifically mentioned a recent birthday he had where Dave Coulier was naked with a picture of John Stamos over his crotch — but Stamos’ mouth was cut out and his dick was sticking out. Stamos later unknowingly stuck his tongue through the photo. And speaking of Stamos, he was there. Handsome as the day is long, he joined Saget on stage at the end of his set to sing along with the song “Danny Tanner Was Not Gay” set to the tune of “I Want It That Way.”