Paul and I had tickets to Dave Chappelle's Block Party at the Warfield for last night. The bands were not announced, and I had no idea really how much of the show would be Dave and how much would be bands. We had like the last two tickets in existence though, so we were happy.
On Saturday, I found out that Dave was doing another show AFTER the Block Party over at the Punch Line, a small club in North Beach. Paul and I decided to ditch the Block Party and try to go see that show instead. I'd read that the Punch Line is Dave's favorite club to play at, and I knew it'd be a cooler show than the big production at the Warfield. I went over at around 5pm to get in line and I was about 60 people back or so. The rumor was that they were going to let about 175 people in, so I felt pretty good about our chances. Paul showed up around 6, and I went over to the Warfield to pick up my tickets for that show from will call and sell them. I wanted to unload them pretty quickly, so I let them go for $200 (they cost me $130), even though I could tell people were going to be paying twice that to the scalper I sold them to. After I sold the tickets, I bolted back to the line at the other club, because the club employees were being pretty strict about people being allowed to leave the line and come back. I managed to slip back in with no conflict though, and we hunkered down for the rest of the wait.
8pm came and everyone on line got a wristband that gave allowed them to wait in line to actually get in the club. Our line buddies on either side of us and I ordered some pizza, as we'd been in line for hours at that point. I'd forgotten to eat anything, so I was famished. After pizza, one of the line buddies went to the movie theater nearby and got a bunch of large cokes. My belly was full and my thirst was quenched, and after about 5 hours of waiting in line, we were finally let in the club.
Paul and I had great fucking seats. We were about 15 feet from the stage. Looking around the club, I'd say there's no way they fit 175 people in there. It was more like 100. We were very lucky. We celebrated our victory with a brownie sundae and drinks. At around 10:30, the show started.
The opening comedian was pretty good, and brief. After he was done Dave took the stage and it was ON. He was, of course, hilarious. He talked about taking off to Africa and he talked a lot about how he's been played by Comedy Central and others. He performed for over four full hours! At some point, he got in to this bit about how there's a rap lyric for every situation. To prove it, he brought Mos Def up on stage, who'd been lurking in the back of the club. For the next 40 minutes or so, he and Mos would come up with song lyrics for every situation the crowd yelled out. It was a lot of goofing around, and it felt more like just hanging out with Dave and his homie Mos, as opposed to a performance.
The show finally ended at 3 in the morning and I was spent from laughing the entire damn time. That show was definitely worth the gamble.