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Mike Vecchione’s Love of Rotisserie Chicken, Baby Carriers, and Boobs Saves Comedy Show

Picture this: a man with a rotisserie chicken in a baby carrier grabbing the free breast of a woman breastfeeding her baby.

Now you’ve got the same image in your mind that everyone left with after comedian Mike Vecchione’s performance at the State Theatre Friday night.

That was part of the most wild joke of the night, which came up after Vecchione asked women in the audience what they would do if a man came up to them at a party and, instead of saying anything, just put his hand on their breast. Answers ranged from slapping him to grabbing his genitalia. Vecchione said the responses he’s most often seen are either a kick to the groin or a make-out session.

While he may have made several women in the audience very uncomfortable with that joke, on balance, his set was pretty funny. He definitely owned the spotlight, as opener Joe Machi was awkward and got few laughs.

The awkward guy thing was part of Machi’s shtick, but it definitely didn’t resonate with the audience. Still, he did make some interesting points. For instance, he pointed out the safety of using the “n word” as your banking password because it’s something you never want to say out loud. He also wondered whether or not “ass hair” helps keep people warm.

Host Luis Gomez was very hit-or-miss. He shined in his interactions with audience members, but some of his jokes were laced more with shock value than actual humor. The audience could have done without learning his childhood masturbation techniques with teddy bears.

But Vecchione’s set rescued the night. Although he used a lot of old material that fans might have been familiar with, he still sent the crowd into stitches.

One particular bit–about civil unions–was a true standout. He said he would prefer that to marriage, because if it goes bad then you don’t have to use the word divorce.

“Instead you can say ‘I’d like to secede from the union. And form the confederacy of banging other bitches!'”

Continuing with the marriage train of thought, Vecchione had another great moment interacting with the audience. He asked one young married couple how they were enjoying marriage. The husband replied with “can’t complain,” and that’s all Vecchione needed.

“Can’t complain? Damn straight you can’t complain, she’s sitting right next to you!” he shouted.

He also included some political jokes in the set, which the audience responded well to.

He speculated that perhaps a government shutdown, which threatened the country earlier this year, might have been good for Americans. It could have given us a way to cheat China out of our debt, he said before imagining a conversation between the U.S. and China in that scenario.

“We don’t owe you shit. That was America’s problem. They closed. We’re the ‘Together States.'”

Overall, it was an enjoyable show, thanks mostly to Vecchione’s comfortable stage presence and jokes, which saved the night from less-than-stellar openers. And everyone could leave happy knowing that the proceeds went to a good cause.

About the Author

Matthew D'Ippolito

I'm a senior majoring in print journalism with minors in political science and music technology. I'm from the small town of Pennsburg, about an hour north of Philly. I hope to one day work as a music reporter for Rolling Stone. I am single and looking to mingle.


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