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Entries in Bonnaroo 2010 (2)


The Bonnaroo Survival Guide

Bonnaroo is hard to do. If it's not the heat that gets you (as it did this unfortunate soul), then it's the lines at the port-o-potties, the overpriced beer swill, the crowds, and, if you're me, it's the lines to get into the Comedy Theatre.

The Comedy Theatre seats a defying 1,600 folks, and was packed to overflow capacity for the majority of the showcases (especially Conan O'Brien's two shows, and Aziz Ansari's four shows). Kids queued up as early as 7 a.m. for Conan's first show, scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday. They weren't even queuing up for actual seating -- they were staking their claim to a little orange admission ticket that would allow them into the tent when it was time to seat. For Conan's shows, overflow kids were relegated to the neighboring Cinema Tent for a live feed of the performance.

Unfortunately for media (and especially, impatient, sunburned media), there were no special in/out privileges for the Comedy Tent. It was strictly first come, first serve. I was able to catch a few peeps performing in the tent, and some random around-the-fest spottings. Otherwise, the inside of the air-conditioned tent remained a stranger to me for a good majority of the festival. Judging from the lines that existed from morning until night for all scheduled performances, festival-goers were excited to take breaks from the Tennessee sun and the music stages to take in some truly world-class comedy.

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The Road to Bonnaroo 2010

Happy Dude, photo courtesy of imaphotogIt’s Wednesday afternoon, and I’m just about ready mentally to take on Bonnaroo. Apart from a few age-related concerns (tolerance of large crowds, the need to eat three sensible meals a day, achy joints, sun fatigue), and a severely limited beer budget, I’m stoked for a long weekend spent seeing amazing live music and a comedy tent line-up that is absolutely bangin’.

As I begin highlighting and marking up my printed schedule PDF, here are some sought after destinations of this slightly trepid first-time festival press person:

  • Aziz Ansari, joined with his Human Giant pals Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, and Nick Kroll;
  • The Roasting of ‘Roo with Jeffrey Ross and Chelsea Peretti;
  • Any show where Reggie Watts will be performing;
  • Conan O’Brien, preferably live but possibly in the live feed overflow tent;
  • Live panel Q&A with Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern, and David Wain, as they present the new Adult Swim series, Childrens Hospital;
  • A mainstage performance by Tenacious D;
  • A visit to the mysterious Adult Swim Ragbag of Jollification grounds, with a stop off to the festival Ferris wheel.

Stay tuned for irregular updates and blurry photos live from Bonnaroo as camperless Kristy pitches a virtual tent inside the comedy tent. She also hopes to pop a bottle or three with Jay-Z and the Black Keys.

--Kristy Mangel