For those unfamiliar with the concept of ‘Jay and Silent Bob Get Old’ I will give a quick history of how this show came about. The show is essentially a podcast hosted by Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes and began as an intervention for Mewes, who is recovering from a drug addiction, and is also seen by Smith as a way to keep Mewes sober. The early episodes of the podcast concentrated on Jason recounting tales of his addiction but has now recently moved onto Kevin and Jason talking about different experiences they have had together in their long friendship and what they have been up to the week before recording a new podcast.
OK, back to the show in Vicar Street. As you guys may or may not know, I am a huge fan of Kevin Smith’s movies and especially his characters Jay and Silent Bob (played of course by Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith) so seeing these 2 guys on stage together was a treat for me. They were both on fine form, the banter back and forth between the two was hilarious at times and there was some really nice interaction with the audience (especially a birthday song, that Kevin had made up for a member in the audience, which had us all singing about things I never thought I would hear in song!).
I always knew that the character Jay was more or less actually based on how Jason Mewes is in real life, but it is not until you actually see and hear how open and candid he is that you really believe it. The guy just loves to put on a show, jumping off his chair and running round the stage, and you can see that he feeds of the energy of the crowd (or it could be the fact he had at least 6 Red Bulls in him during the show). At one stage in the show Smith had to tell him to sit down before he had a heart attack as he was bouncing around that much.
Overall, it was a great night, full of humour and wonderful storytelling from both Smith and Mewes (in the case of Mewes some very honest tales of exploits – I may never look at a Mini Cooper in the same way).
The audience were there for a good night’s craic, which I believe Smith and Mewes duly delivered and fully deserved their standing ovation at the end of the night. Oh, not to worry for those of you who missed the show, it was recorded as a podcast and also filmed so be on the lookout for it.
Thanks to youTube user Raziel 1862 for this glimpse at the show. Caution, watch with caution NSFW