In an interview, Kameelah says she has "the most amazing team." Everyone stands around laughing while Dan spanks Jamie and repeats "butt of the joke" in a Germanic accent. I guess that's kind of funny. Kameelah says that her team is going to win. The RW team starts screaming on the count of three, and pounding on the walls. Is this some sort of improv exercise? The RR team, in the next room, hears them, and follows suit. Way too much footage of both teams pounding on the walls and yelling for no apparent reason. The RW team breaks into the RR room and starts trashing it.
The teams are outside, boarding their buses. Rebecca tells James that she can't stop smiling because her team is so funny. In an interview, James says that Rebecca is a lot like him, and he gets competitive on game day and "it could get in the way." James and Rebecca exchange some non-witty non-banter about how funny her team is or isn't. In an interview, Rebecca says that it was "just high school, dude, whatever." Whoa, she has been hanging out with James too long.
The teams are at the Festival. In an interview, Ayanna says that she thinks her team is going to win. The RR team gets psyched up. James does a lot of the talking. The RW team huddles up, as Jamie tells them that he has a lot of confidence in them, and their winning is "a no-brainer." Pan across a medium-sized crowd. I don't think there are nearly five thousand people there. Maybe five hundred. Maybe. Syrrhosis says that this is really hard, and he's "terrified." The UCB members get the crowd fired up while the two teams wait in the wings.
Both teams are introduced and run out on stage. Jamie is embarrassing himself by doing Hulk Hogan-style poses. Ayanna does some weird "pumping a shotgun and firing" mime. What the hell was that? In an interview, James (who else?) says that there are "paying guests looking to laugh and you're the entertainer."
Christian and James are up first. I'm sure you've all seen Whose Line Is It Anyway? or a similar improv thing, so you know the kinds of skits they do. In this one, they take audience suggestions and end up with a pirate and a cabin boy driving in a car in the desert. Poor Christian doesn't really understand "cabin boy." Clearly, he's not familiar with the work of Chris Elliot. ["Too bad for him." -- Wing Chun] The emcee explains that Christian is from Norway. In an interview, James (could we get an interview with anyone but him, please?) says that it's really tense when there's a "staunch silence" and $10,000 up for grabs, and judges out there. We see a quick pan of the judges' table. Hey, was that Tina Fey? It looked like her, but she was scratching her arm right in front of her face, and I couldn't tell. Christian and James sit down on the stage, and there's a bit of confusion over who is driving -- you know, because Christian's Norwegian. Anyway, they do a skit, and it's not that terrible. It's not that great, either, but they put some enthusiasm into it, and they're self-deprecating, and it's not that bad. Especially knowing what is to come later. James's pirate sounds like Jesse Ventura with an Irish brogue.