In Indianapolis, Thacker opened for Rowdy Roddy Piper. In Chicago, he opened for Piper and Mick Foley. You don't get much tougher than that.
As for the crowd, I cannot imagine opening for several hundred fans who were just waiting for Piper and Foley. This is not the best crowd for a real comedian, but Thacker did an excellent job of warming up the crowd and keeping the mood going.
Thacker was very funny. Oh sure, he hit a few clunkers with the crowd, but with that crowd, I am surprised there weren't more. The audience really just wanted to hear wrestling stories.
Thacker had solid material and basically stayed away from wrestling humor. That was an interesting choice, but a good one. There was no need to cover ground that Piper and Foley would cover. The crowd gave Thacker a very nice applause send-off.
I ran into Thacker the next day and told him I had appreciated his set at both shows. Then I got an impromptu interview with the talented Thacker. He talked about his start in comedy, his influences, working at Days of the Dead and more.
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