Daniel Tosh, the star of Comedy Central’s “Tosh.0”, hit the Arlington on Saturday night to entertain a sold-out crowd that included the likes of latecomer fans Tommy Lee and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. Opening comedians Jasper Red and Matt Fulchiron warmed the crowd and set the tone with oft average guy humor, but the real fun didn’t commence until Tosh took the stage.
Excitement about the show spread early, as the Arlington box office was flooded with calls from concerned parents about Tosh’s content and the effect it may have on their children. But even Tosh started his monologue with a stern disclaimer, an awkward walk, and a promise to offend every race, religion, and gender. In that regard, Tosh did not disappoint. With direct attacks on Mormons, abortion, rape, and even hit-and-run victims by pointing out the irony of community efforts to install speed bumps to make that family remember the loss of their children every time their suspension bottoms out, no topic was off-limits. Tosh drew specific attention to male-female relationships and differences with direct attacks on women stating that “free drinks isn’t a good trade for being #2.” Ouch.
Not even Santa Barbarians were spared. Tosh was able to find the line in Santa Barbara and hurtle over it with grace by pointing out how much brushfires make him hungry for BBQ, making light of the recent Jesusita fire victims possibly in the house. I can speak for the crowd by admitting that, about halfway through the routine, I wanted Tosh to stop talking for just a few minutes so I could catch my breath, stretch my face, and stop laughing. If you weren’t there, you missed a much needed laugh. But luckily for you, you can find Tosh on Comedy Central every Wednesday night.