On an extremely rainy Friday, July 29, Eugene Mirman brought his Pretty Good Friends gang to a crowded Williamsburg Waterfront for a free show. This included comedians Todd Barry, Kristen Schaal, Jim Gaffigan and Patton Oswalt (who stole the show with his lengthy jokes that always had a killer punch line, one involving Jerry Maguire, obviously, and another, a crackhead getting a blowjob from another crackhead), and headlining musicians, Brooklyn’s very own They Might Be Giants.
Nearly 30 years after they formed, TMBG’s John’s — Flansburgh and Linnell — are still making whip-smart, tightly composed pop music. Though the group played many of the tracks from their new album Join Us (including “Judy Is Your Viet Nam” and “Can’t Keep Johnny Down”), they delved into their catalogue for set-opener “Birdhouse In Your Soul,” “Ana Ng,” and “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” a song I first heard on Tiny Toon Adventures, thank you very much.
Let’s take a look at how the night (and rain) went down, courtesy of photographer Nadia Chaudhury: