Molly giving her book to him to sign
Me watching him sign it
A lot of the parodies he does are quite funny, and he's a talented improvisor. There's something just not right about the guy in person though. I mean, not that I expected his real-life persona to be exactly like his radio persona.
Except for how it totally was. The guy never came out of character.
During rehearsal he'd say things like, "well, the string section I work with in Lake Wobegon uses this arrangement that goes kind of like..."
Lake Wobegon? So then these musicians of whom you speak are...fictional? Although I suppose that being accustomed to fictional musicians could explain why he, in total seriousness, decided he could ask the pianist to "just make up" a piano part to the Dvorak symphony excerpt we were playing.
Seriously. He had decided that the pianist was amazing and was his best friend or something five minutes after meeting him (granted this pianist is very very good), so had deemed him capable of improvising piano parts to a harmonically complex symphonic works. And apparently capable of making a piano part sound welcome in a sustained, austere string and horn passage.
Overall, I think I have to say that I like his writing quite a bit better than his performance. His work is based on some very astute and intelligent observations, which makes it frustrating that he relies so heavily on histrionics to get his audience involved:
Garrison: So, this one time...
Garrison: I was sitting in my home in Lake Wobegon...
Garrison: *pouty frown*
Garrison: And of course, being a Lutheran...
Audience: AAAAAAAAAAA--*spontaneously combusts*
I'm not sure whether I can blame him entirely for this dynamic though. There's just something not right about a species of people who will laugh their asses off when someone says "homeland security."
Photos taken by the lovely Jodie, using her camera phone.