Tenacious D's Jack Black and Kyle Gass are living proof that mock-rocking can lead to a lucrative career as a big movie star. Well, that's true in Black's case at least. I remember seeing the two at the Viper Room while waiting for headliner Joey Cheezee to perform, thinking, “These guys aren't that funny.” Boy, was I wrong. That Jack Black guy can wail like Geddy Lee, and the duo has really catchy, original songs, like “The Search for Inspirado” and “The Greatest Song in the World,” but I still think they are making fun of the music I love. That's why I can't totally endorse them. Besides, Gass wears socks with flip-flops, which I also see as a direct personal insult for some reason. They're good guys, though, doing this benefit for the 24th Street Theatre with comedian Nick Swardson and Craig Robinson and the Nasty Delicious (he's Darryl on The Office ).

Thu., Feb. 26, 8:30 p.m., 2009

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