The first time I saw Mary Lynn Rajskub was at a crowded $5 performance (thanks, Goldstar) at the Steve Allen Theater. “I need to warm up,” she declared. She crouched. Curled her fingers. Stretched out her thumb and pointer finger in the shape of a gun. Squinted. At something in the near distance.
Since then, I’ve seen her stand-up set at least two more times – pretty much whenever I hear she’s around. Her awkwardness shines like a talented art student struggling for recognition in stats class. On Thursday, there is yet another chance to catch her: she headlines a show at the Laugh Factory in support of the Childrens Hospital. Joining her will be a few past, present, and future cast members from 24, including Jean Smart (Jean Smart!!), Glenn Morshower (you know him. You just don’t know you know him.), and – get this – Katee Sackhoff (be still my beating heart still beating for Starbuck) (for those who don’t have a “Katee Sackhoff” Google Alert set (…crickets…), Sackhoff joins the 24 cast next season as CTU’s head programmer). Tim Allen also will make an appearance. Providing musical relief will be Garfunkel & Oates, an act that is a stream of consciousness mashup of The Ditty Bops, The Pipettes, and certain cross stitch patterns. Hello, children.
Tickets for the rabble are $20; the remaining VIPs in this economy can salad fork over $30 to Fast Pass their way to the front of the line. There also is a two drink minimum. I know, it’s annoying when someone tells you how much you must drink, but this is for charity, right? And Mary Lynn and Katee? Right, right.
After the jump, a clip of Mary Lynn during an inexplicable but welcome appearance at a Heritage Foundation panel on “Public Image of U.S. Counterterrorism Policy” hosted by Rush Limbaugh.