Despite relocating twice since the last year’s event, Tenacious D’s comedy bacchanal that is Festival Supreme went down smoothly at the Shrine Auditorium and grounds on Saturday. The venue – essentially the cavernous Shrine Auditorium, with stages in the adjacent gymnasium and its small parking lot – was weirdly tiny enough that it should have been a crowded clusterfuck. But on the contrary, it was a breeze going from one stage to another even when the festival was at its most crowded. And unlike most festivals over pumped with indie-machismo trying to out-hip the rest of the crowd, the audience of Festival Supreme had no airs about it – many even dressing up for Halloween in costumes as uncool as Pikachu and, brilliantly, a mash-up of popular X-Men character Wolverine and a banana (see below.)
Highlights included Norm Macdonald ignorantly and blissfully going ten minutes over his allotted twenty minute set rambling about whacking off and draculas, and a live taping of the popular comedy podcast Comedy Bang Bang that included appearances from Zach Galifianakis and Parks and Recreation‘s Adam Scott. Some of the musical acts didn’t exactly enthrall – a difficult proposition when you’re playing to an outdoor audience that doesn’t know you – but the crowds responded positively enough. One early set saw a guy costumed as Jesus moshing to a band dressed as 18th century aristocrats.
The festival junkie in me didn’t get any real rock-out moments, but the comedy nerd in me saw Festival Supreme for what it was – a spectacularly planned little festival that went down more masterfully than anyone should ever expect a festival to go down.