She was really on tonight, from the opening Alligator in the House, with schtick that only comes out in the live show. The alligator as the guilt-tripping Jewish mother is something that simply has to be experienced. And then she followed this with Wendy, which isn't usually a comedy number -- but tonight she was ad libbing some jokes and faces, for an audience that wanted them, and it was great. Wendy holding off the pirates with the threat of "Don't make me get my wooden spoon" was even funnier than the alligator. Far too few songs later, we got to the end and K joined her on stage for a priceless duet of Salad of Doom. With the whole audience chanting DOOM-nom-nom. To read this, it sounds like I'm saying that all the good parts were the comedy, and that's not the case -- but it's the comedy parts that are really different from the recorded version. But Taglio and Manticore's Lullabye are beautiful on the records, and I know Were-Owl will be when the new album comes out. But the schtick only comes with the live audience; if she did record it it wouldn't be that funny anyway.
It was also good to have a little conversation and a few hugs from the Wild Mercyites and the Indianapolis filkers. min0taur is one of the wisest people I know, and if I could spend more time with him I could be saner and probably even more functional in life. So a shout out to tollers for putting this show together!