January 14, 2011
By Gerry Mak
Kristen Schaal steps out from the shadow of Flight of the Conchords and The Daily Show and hits the stage with her own maladroit improv buddy, Kurt Braunohler. The pair’s latest offering is a variety show, Hot Tub With Kurt and Kristen, featuring Eugene Mirman and Todd Barry, both also emerging from the Conchords-umbrella. (It’s a popular umbrella.) Sketches are interspersed, laughs are had, but coursing beneath the chuckles is a palpable sense that brilliant minds are at work, working 25 steps ahead, like Bobby Fischers of comedy. Schaal, who also penned the new-ish Sexy Book of Sexy Sex (2010) is on a role, lately, post-”Mel.” Through her adult-oriented books and public hot tubbing at Cobb’s tonight, we’re just glad she’s figuring out a way to release some of that sexual tension.