DeVine Gets Weird in ATX

Adam DeVine, star and creator of Comedy Central’s popular series “Workaholics,” opened his comedy tour at the Paramount Theatre. With a red cup full of beer in one hand and the microphone in the other, DeVine made sure to keep the audience on their toes.

Review by Kimberley Carmona

Stupid. That’s the one word that Comedy Central’s “Workaholics” star and creator Adam DeVine kept repeating. But, the show was far from stupid.

To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect from DeVine. I love “Workaholics” a bit too much, but for some strange reason, I was not expecting his character to pop up. I expected DeVine to talk about hot girls and consuming a lot of alcohol. I was right, but I was also wrong.

The theme song for “Workaholics” played loudly as the semi-drunk crowd began to uproariously applaud. Adam walked out, giving everyone a wave while holding his red cup. He grabbed the microphone and stared at the crowd.

“Let’s get weird tonight,” he said. With an audience who live in a city whose motto is ‘Keep Austin Weird,’ everyone took his opening line to heart. One fan told DeVine how she wanted to have his babies. “No, you don’t,” he replied.

He then transitioned to him talking about the days when he used to wear a cape. “I used to scare my dad while wearing a cape. I used to pretend to be injured and when he came to find me, I would jump out on him,” DeVine said.

The guy next to me snorted.

DeVine talked a lot about personal and professional lives, which made the audience feel like we were all friends with him. He laughed when someone yelled something at him. He even took the time to explain the context of the show’s most popular lines. It felt like we were getting to know him.

There are many jokes that I enjoyed so much, but were a little too raunchy for my tastes. One of my favorites was when he was talking about how he kept saying how he was getting faked stabbed too many times during his set.

Adam DeVine starts his show by saying "Let's get weird." Photo by Kimberley Carmona

Adam DeVine starts his show by saying “Let’s get weird.” Photo by Kimberley Carmona

“I don’t think I’ve ever been faked stabbed this many times during a set,” he told the crowd. A drunken man, who had stood up and heckled DeVine, yelled. Devine then said, “I think that guy is going to Selena me.” The cleverness of that line and the way he said it made the joke perfect.

Recently, the new trailer for “Pitch Perfect 2” premiered, which made me hope that DeVine would talk about filming the first film or perhaps some sneak peaks for the sequel. Instead, he talked about his audition for the film.

“I thought I was going to be a sassy catcher,” he said when he went to audition for the popular film. He had thought that the film was going to be about baseball, not singing. “I sounded like a Black jazz singer,” he told the audience about singing at his audition.

The fact that DeVine gave us a glimpse of his personal life was what made the show memorable. He did a phenomenal job making us laugh until our stomachs hurt, dealing with drunk hecklers and making a giant room feel small.

Adam DeVine is a comedian you’ll want to see again and again.

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