by Josh Gross
Liquid kicked off its new identity as a comedy club with a weekend of entertainment from world-class oddball Emo Philips—a man who has been doing comedy and his best to popularize the Little Lord Fauntleroy haircut since 1976. And with that much time on the circuit, doing appearances everywhere from late-night TV to Weird Al Yankovic's television show, Philips had plenty of A-list material to showcase in Boise.
Taking the stage in the sort of outfit the casual observer might attribute to the onset of dementia and speaking in a tone and meter that could cause the same casual observer to pat themselves on the back for a successful diagnosis, Philips dished out a full hour of nothing but the hits, even managing to make the fact that he was battling a cough hysterical.
And while it may not have had them "rolling in the aisles," like his gig the previous week at an epileptics convention, the sold-out audience was more than satisfied.
After the show, the black curtains that morphed the music club into a comedy venue were stripped back in a matter of minutes and the late-night party took over.
But Philips wasn't done. He stuck around to play the recorder with Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats for the late show.
"I can't explain how honored I was to be chosen for the inaugural weekend," Philips told BW after the show. "The crowd totally exceeded all my expectations."
Asked if he'd be back to Boise for another performance, Philips nodded.
"After this, I'm totally their bitch," he said.
Next week, Liquid will be featuring Roy Johnson, whose blue-collar comedy earned him a victory at the 2006 Maxim/Bud Light Real Men of Comedy competition.
The following week will be Troy Baxley, who was twice a national finalist at the HBO Comedy Festival.
Tickets for both shows are available at liquidlaughs.com.