Jenny Slate keeps hometown crowd laughing at Boston Calling

“How’s everybody doing in my hometown of Boston?"

Jenny Slate poses for a portrait to promote the film "The Sunlit Night" at the Salesforce Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, in Park City, Utah. –Taylor Jewell / Invision / AP

Comedian and Milton native Jenny Slate gave the hometown crowd plenty to laugh about during her Boston Calling set on Saturday.

Slate set the tone from the very beginning of her set, establishing her confessional, conversational style of comedy.

“How’s everybody doing in my hometown of Boston?” Slate said to cheers from the crowd. “I’m really, really happy to be here with you guys today. I did forget to wear deodorant, so I’m super glad there’s a barrier. My pits will knock it over super soon.”

Slate didn’t spend much time riffing on her hometown roots, instead talking about her decision to cut back on smoking weed and about a disastrous blind date in which the man she was meeting showed up in a full suit of armor.

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During the latter story, however, Slate did manage to slip in a crowd-pleasing local reference. Slate described trying to figure out where to meet her blind date after he suggested the renaissance fair, ultimately deciding to suggest a “normal spaghetti restaurant.”

“It wasn’t a fancy spaghetti restaurant,” Slate said. “Fancy spaghetti restaurant: ‘Hi, I’m your grandmother, I’m going to take you to a fancy spaghetti restaurant. Meet me at 4:45 p.m. at the South Shore Plaza.’”

“Yeah, I’m from here!” Slate shouted as the crowd cheered.

Slate described how she only recently stopped regularly smoking marijuana after 15 years of near-constant use, joking that she “absolutely fried her brain” with it while also saying she had few regrets. She said that she began smoking weed for the first time around the time of Y2k, and fell deeply in love with the drug.

“I slid a diamond ring on the joint and was like, ‘We’re married!,’ and then woke up in my early 30s just covered in potato chips,” Slate said. “It was like, ‘Is George W. still ruining the country?’ Who do we have now?”

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