Leslie Jones, potty-mouth and funny.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Jones

A review of her Friday July 29, 2016 stand-up performance at the Terry Fator Theatre in Las Vegas.

★★★✩✩

If you know nothing about Leslie Jones, know that she has a foul mouth, a dirty mind and is very funny. She is much funnier doing stand-up than any Saturday Night Live skit.

Some had walked in expecting a T.V. star to tell well-rehearsed jokes but found instead a woman who had honed her skills doing stand-up for years before being a Ghostbuster. Jones reminds the almost full theatre that years before you wouldn’t remember her name after a show but would know that she is “funny as hell.”

This set the stage for the profanity-filled, physically animated, rapid fire, short jokes the audience loved. With little time to recover from her first round of jokes, Jones enters a bit about rescued dogs. Then segued to penis jokes that while funny seemed to appeal to the lowest common denominator. She made up for it by telling stories from her days as a young woman.

One such story hit the funny jackpot. It involved the late singer Prince and her “hoe” days. The joke was more physically animated and kept the audience laughing in waves. Even if you hadn’t heard the joke, seeing Jones arch her back and swing her head to mimic a helicopter while screaming “Prince” is enough to make you keel over with laughter.

Audiences writhe in their seats when comics venture into a theatre. This did not happen with Jones. Her racially mixed audience were glad to be picked on. She licked the head of one balding man and played bongo drums with four others. She sang a song by the deceased Chicano-singer Selena while wondering why Hispanics and Blacks don’t get along. Her ability to transcend artificial barriers and make all people laugh is the true comic genius of Leslie Jones.

An edited version of this was first published on Vegas Seven magazine online.

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