One of the biggest laughs Jay Leno earned Wednesday came courtesy of a technical goof at The Sharon.
Leno was about an hour into his performance, when suddenly, a chime boomed over the theater’s speakers with its “welcome to The Sharon” announcement played before every show.
Leno, like most the audience, was jolted by this unexpected sonic blast with enough volume to match the voice of God. He was in the middle of a monologue and poor Jay didn’t know whether to genuflect or duck.
Talk about “a senior moment,” he said in an incredulous tone of voice, as the crowd roared. “Are we all in the same room?”
It was vintage Leno and his afternoon show was a master class in stand-up comedy. This was the world according to Jay.
Subject matter included Vagisil, Dairy Queen, masturbation, gourmet dog food, fried chicken, sexual assault, cats, Donald Trump, pornography, Bill Clinton and Jay’s mother and father.
And there was more. Lot’s more.
Think of a 75-minute “Tonight Show” monologue and you have Jay Leno’s performance. At times it seemed a bit tedious and dated, but, overall, Leno displayed his biting satiric wit and keen observational skill.
In some ways, he seemed like just another Everyman Baby Boomer living in The Villages.
“I’m getting old…but I don’t mind being 68,” Leno said. He explained when was younger he survived a speeding motorcycle crash but a couple of weeks ago hurt his neck, “sitting on a couch watching TV.”
So it goes for the aging comic who wore a grey suit and blue tie, accented by his floppy snow-white hair and famed lantern jaw. Leno stood center stage most of the show, near a microphone stand and small stool.
“Watch me move my stool – no wait a minute, that doesn’t sound right,” Leno cracked early on. He never sat during the entire show. A bottle of Evian water rested on the stool, and occasionally Leno would sip from the bottle.
“Evian, that’s what we have – water from France,” Leno said, after taking a swig. “Don’t believe it. There’s a guy in back of the theater with a hose filling up the Evian bottle.”
Early on, he talked about famous aging men and accusations of sexual misconduct. The list included Charlie Rose, Bill Clinton, Harvey Weinstein and Anthony Weiner.
Leno also mentioned a tweet by Donald Trump that he and his wife, Melania, still get along “hot and heavy.”
“She’s hot and he’s heavy,” Leno quipped.
The subject turned to the 10th anniversary of iPhone, which costs over $1,000. Leno said he didn’t spend that much to celebrate “my 10th wedding anniversary.” He also said the iPhone keeps getting bigger and now toting it around is “like Moses carrying the Ten Commandments.”
Leno doesn’t just tell stories; he acts them out. On stage, he acted as if the mike stand was a lamppost to lean on. He would sashay from one side of the stage to another, waving his hands to emphasize a punchline. Leno’s vocal inflection also plays a vital role in his humor. His voice waivered from a whisper to a shout, as he timed the volume to his storylines.
Like his tale about an erectile dysfunction product called Code Red. When she says no, you turn “blue” Leno shouted.
Obesity was another Leno topic. He talked about Dairy Queen’s “cheesecake blizzard” and giant burgers. “How fat do we want to be,” Leno asked.
Big car companies’ airbags also took a hit. They wanted to test airbags, but “a couple of crash test dummies refused to get in the car.”
Leno, who hosts his own cable-TV show called “Jay Leno’s Garage,” talked about the mini Smart car. He told of driving it one day and parking, but couldn’t open the passenger side door.
“It felt like a wall, where did this wall come from” Leno said, but, he added, it turned to be “the curb.”
Leno fans loved his rap.
“He’s so down to earth,” said Villager Pam McVicker. “I love his comedy because he talks to people in a very real way.”
Chris Simpson, Pam’s sister, flew in from Baltimore on Wednesday morning to attend the show.
“I had to catch a 6 a.m. flight but it was worth it,” she said. “Jay Leno comes across as a regular guy. He’s smart but not nasty. He can talk about politics or anything else, and make it funny.”
“Jay Leno is one of the classiest people in show business,” added Villager Mitchell Sheinbaum. “Unlike so many people in show business, he’s a decent guy who treats people in a decent way.”