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The Mike Eagle Show - The Mint - January 11, 2014

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click to enlarge (Left to right) Verbs, Intuition, Alpha MC, Open Mike Eagle - MAX BELL
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  • (Left to right) Verbs, Intuition, Alpha MC, Open Mike Eagle
Open Mike Eagle & Special Guests
The Mint
1/11/14

Art rap auteur Open Mike Eagle has a new show that's a mix of comedy, rap and improv. The inaugural performance was Saturday night at The Mint.

At the scheduled start time, several tables near the front of the stage at the quaint, dimly lit venue were empty, while adjacent booths were bathed in red glow from the venue's antiquated chandeliers. But an hour later the seats were filled, and more chairs were brought out. Some people had to stand.

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  • Alwayz Prolific
Co-host Judy Holiday took the stage, explaining the show's conception and introducing DJ/producer Alwayz Prolific, who  delivered a set filled with diverse sounds, that managed to stay cohesive. His foundation was firmly in hip-hop, but he also incorporated a string of banging rap beats, temporarily turning The Mint into Low End Theory.

After a solid performance from rapper Sum1, it was time for pallid and hirsute comedian DC Pierson (below), who regaled the audience with the long, winding, funny, and strange story of an adolescent tryst between he and a female friend turned quasi-lover. Pierson called the experience his Wonder Years.

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There were references to Weezer's first album, Atlas Shrugged, Napster, and all sorts of self-deprecation; it was sincere, side-splitting, and featured an innovative approach to story-telling.

Then, the man behind the madness appeared...

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