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208 Comedy Fest 2019: A Peek Into Day One

Day one of the 208 Comedy Fest is in the books


When Seattle comic Max Delsohn transitioned to living openly as a man, he decided to be gentle in the way he came out to his grandmother. Instead of immediately revealing his identity, he decided to tell her he was simply changing his name to Max.

His grandma immediately said, "You can't change your name to Max... it's too Jewish!"

Delsohn was one of the many comics in the line-up on the opening night of Boise's 208 Comedy Fest, and provided some of the best one-liners of the night. There were, however, a few others that stood out.

In a similar vein, local transgender comic Sophie Hughes had to explain to family why she didn't choose a name closer to her former name: "Oh grandma, stop crying! I'm going to be Dena so it's chill!"

Sam Talent: "I love this size of crowd, it feels like we survived a plane crash."

Cherith Fuller, on serial killer Ed Kemper: "I could fix him! I got straight As in high school. I love a good group project."

Aaron Urist: "White girl wasted? Is that the best we can do? I want to get Japanese businessman wasted."

Aaron Urist, again: "I really like the idea of food so good it turns you into a terrible person."

Steve Vanderploeg: "On my ninth Christmas my grandma told me that Santa isn't real. I can't wait to tell her on her 90th Christmas that God's not real."

Jenny Yang, on the Dalai Lama being hot: "He's like a Tibetan five... Maybe a Boise six."