“Give me a C! Give me an A! Give me a K! Give me an E!”
The CAKE Comedy Tour, which played Kings Raleigh on Friday, May 5th, started out in 2012 as “The Pink Collar Comedy Tour.” These are four upbeat, energetic, smart female comics who pull out all stops to make their audience laugh. The current name comes from the performers’ first initials: C for Carrie Gravenson, A for Abbi Crutchfield, K for Kaytlin Bailey, and E for Erin Judge.
First up was Carrie Gravenson, who wowed us with tales about such subjects as moustache parties, shingles, and “delicious condoms.” She also gave new meaning to the the phrase: “This is going to be so funny some day.”
Abbi Crutchfield shared some amusing insights on “pajama jeans,” “my pillow,” and pets. And she has a brilliant suggestion for a celebrity president. Spoiler alert: Watch for the punchline “not the nanny.”
Erin Judge was up next. She shared delightful tidbits about her family and about how to tame a bully with a single phrase. And she has an interesting definition of the term “bisexual.” Particularly interesting were her comments on legends vs. facts, her story about a “gay cruise,” and selected trivia concerning her marriage.
The evening’s final act, Kaytlin Bailey, actually hails from Raleigh and attended Enloe High School. Highlights of her material include: “attitude at the ATM,” interesting experiences resulting from inheriting a fur coat, and an “odd couple” situation involving Dr. Pepper vs. marijuana.
Local comic Erin Terry was the opening act, a fifth flavor. In addition to being entertained, we were impressed by her insights on life — comic yet poignant observations that compare her life to that of others.
All five comics are quite animated and charismatic. While we know that there is not supposed to be a competition, we both found that Erin Judge to be the most entertaining on the evening in question.
A side note: Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” tells us that “[T]he words of the prophets are written on the subway walls.” We would like to add that “The words of the prophets emanate from comedy club stages.” Like all good comedy, the CAKE Comedy Tour laces moments of laughter with true words of wisdom. This is a show well worth catching — keep your eyes open for when a venue in your area announces that it will be serving CAKE!
SECOND OPINION: May 4th Raleigh, NC News & Observer preview by Craig D. Lindsey: http://www.newsobserver.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article148106104.html.
CAKE COMEDY TOUR (Kings Raleigh, May 5).
VIDEO PREVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTPEAd6jc88.
Carrie Gravenson (New York City-based stand-up comedian): http://www.carriegravenson.com/ (official website), https://www.cakecomedy.com/about (CAKE Comedy Tour bio), https://www.facebook.com/carrie.gravenson (Facebook page), and https://twitter.com/carriegravenson (Twitter page).
Abbi Crutchfield (Brooklyn, NY-based stand-up comedian): http://curlycomedy.tumblr.com/ (official website), https://www.cakecomedy.com/about (CAKE Comedy Tour bio), https://www.facebook.com/curlycomedy (Facebook page), and https://twitter.com/curlycomedy (Twitter page).
Kaytlin Bailey (New York City-based stand-up comedian): http://kaytlinbailey.com/ (official website), https://www.cakecomedy.com/about (CAKE Comedy Tour bio), https://www.facebook.com/kaytlin.bailey (Facebook page), and https://twitter.com/KaytlinBailey (Twitter page).
Erin Judge (Los Angeles-based stand-up comedian): http://www.erinjudge.com/ (official website), https://www.cakecomedy.com/about (CAKE Comedy Tour bio), https://www.facebook.com/erinjudge/ (Facebook page), and https://twitter.com/erinjudge (Twitter page).
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Pamela Vesper has been a Raleigh resident for more than 20 years. A local attorney for licensed professionals, when she’s not in court, Pam can be found watching or participating in local theater productions or enjoying the vibrant Raleigh music and craft beer scene. She also loves indie and foreign films and was an anchor on the local cable show, Movie Minutes. Pam has an opinion on just about everything; just ask her. Kurt Benrud is a graduate of Cary High School and N.C. State University, and he has taught English at both. He first became involved in local theater in 1980. He has served on the board of directors for both the Cary Players and the Cary Playwrights’ Forum. He is also a volunteer reader with Triangle Radio Reading Service. Click here to read their reviews for Triangle Review and Triangle Arts and Entertainment.