David Cross Called St. Louis 'the Most Humorless City in America.' Now He's Coming Back (Riverfront Times)

by Brendan O'Malley October 01, 2018

David Cross Called St. Louis 'the Most Humorless City in America.' Now He's Coming Back (Riverfront Times)

David Cross is coming back to St. Louis for the first time since a disastrous set more than a decade ago at Saint Louis University — a show that went wrong because, as it turned out, the student organizers didn't actually want David Cross the stand-up comic. They wanted chicken pot pie.

It was 2001, and a student board at the Jesuit university had invited Cross to perform during welcome week. They seemed to think they'd be getting "Slow Donnie," Cross' faking-a-brain-injury character on the then-popular sitcom Just Shoot Me, a part known for Cross' falsetto'd catch-phrase, "Chicken-pot-chicken-pot-chicken-pot-pieeeee."

Instead, they got David Cross the comic, a guy who swears a lot and hates President George W. Bush. At the time, Cross was working on the material that would eventually make it onto his Grammy-nominated 2004 album, Shut Up You Fucking Baby. He also wasn't shy about offending religious sensibilities, as evidenced in a bracing bit about being raped by the Virgin Mary.

Read Danny Wicentowski's full article on RiverfrontTimes.com

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