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Tenacious D, Festival Supreme bring out all-star comedians with loads of music

October 21, 2013

YellowBrix

Oct. 21--When music and comedy come together for not a musical comedy, but a comedic music mashup of rock and rap by all the best comedians from "Saturday Night Live" and beyond, the result is Festival Supreme.

In its first year, the festival of laughs was what critics proclaimed a Coachella of comedy -- referring to the mega music festival in the desert every April -- and that's probably the best way to describe it without getting cheesy with phrases about how minds were being blown and bellies aching from laughter.

Festival Supreme, curated by rock comedy duo Jack Black and Kyle Gass, better known as Tenacious D, took all their funny friends to the historic Santa Monica Pier on Saturday for the city's first-ever comedy festival for a memorable night that included SNL's Maya Rudolph's Prince tribute band, Princess, Adam Sandler's lovely voice and Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious and more.

Black proclaimed Festival Supreme as the best comedy festival he's ever been to (no bias, of course) and no one argued that point, including John C. Reilly, who was laughing among the crowd, Conan O'Brien, who joined Triumph the Insult Comic Dog for a couple laughs on stage, and Andy Samberg of Fox's new comedy series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

"Tenacious D, my heroes, brought together a lot of amazing people and everyone is engaging in jubilee," Samberg said, before joining Black on stage as part of the festival's "Mega Mystery Guests."

Samberg ran out on stage with Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone as The Lonely Island for a raucous collaboration with Tenacious D to perform hits like "Lazy Sunday" where the group got the crowd rapping along: "The Chronic-what-cles of Narnia!"

Later in the set, Black mentioned the wonderful Santa Monica ocean breeze and helped The Lonely Island segue into the group's other popular hit, "Jack Sparrow," a spoof on the Johnny Depp character in "Pirates of the Caribbean" that features Michael Bolton. But with Bolton nowhere to be seen at the festival, Black put on a pirate's hat and filled in belting out lyrics.

Even with some glitches during the debut event, there was little for people to complain about as they had beers in hand and laughed to the best comedians of this generation.

"I would like to thank whoever's idea it was to play Adam Sandler's set on the Jumbotron during Mr. Show's set. That was planned. We planned that out," Black quipped during the wind-down of the festival. "It might have gone over some of your heads. It was pretty advanced comedy."

Still a little speechless from the hilariously rockin' end to the festival, David Mcerlain of Tujunga used words like "cool" and "awesome" to describe the festival. While he and his girlfriend, Amber McLeod, would have loved to see all the acts -- and complained it was tough to get from stage to stage on the wooden pier -- they couldn't have imagined a better comedy event.

Moreover, McLeod couldn't have imagined a better comedy festival host.

"Jack Black leaves everything on the stage," McLeod said. "He gives it all, and it's fabulous. Just amazing."

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