The 8 Funniest Moments from Rainn Wilson & Friends at the Paramount on Saturday Night"/>
On Saturday night, homegrown comedian Rainn Wilson hosted a benefit show for the Mona Foundation, a locally based nonprofit that supports educational initiatives for children--particularly girls and women--all over the world. Wilson was joined by a slew of his funniest friends; here are the night's most stomach-aching, tear-inducing, gaspingly hilarious moments:
All photos by Laura Musselman
1. Rainn Wilson talks about life as a chess club/model United Nations member/DND ("And I'm not talking about drugs and dildos") fanatic at Shorecrest High School; one of his old Dungeons and Dragons friends is in the audience. Wilson calls the friend and the friend's wife onto the stage and reveals that the wife was his own high school ex-girlfriend. Wilson confesses to putting the night's event together solely to get her attention and win her back, saying "I don't know who the fuck Mona is." "Rainn, this is why I broke up with you," says his ex before walking off stage. "You're a freak."
2. Visqueen kicked off the evening with a spirited five-song set, appearing as a band for their second-to-last time ever. Rachel Flotard is a sporting a conspicuous bump around her belly--"You don't have to adjust your eyes," she says, rubbing her swollen midriff. "This is a fetus. I know, I'm sorry, I had sex and this is what happens." (Don't forget Visqueen's Fare-Thee-Well Thanksgiving show at the Neptune is happening this Saturday).
4. Seattle's self-appointed crime fighter Phoenix Jones takes the stage in full superhero costume (rubber breastplate, mask) and shares some of his wildest adventure stories, including the time he accidentally net-gunned himself and another time he tested out some Batman-style grappling hooks he'd bought on eBay: "If you toss a grappling hook on top of a building, it's actually called trespassing and there's a $256 fine."
5. Comedian couple Anna Faris (Scary Movie, The House Bunny), who's from Edmonds, and Chris Pratt (Parks & Recreation), who's from Lake Stevens, share the story of how they first met on a movie set in LA--Faris noticed Pratt wearing a Seahawks t-shirt, and they hit it off over their coincidental Seattle connection. "Years later," says Pratt, "after we were married, she found out I already knew she was from Edmonds and the Seahawks shirt was all premeditated."
6. Before performing a cover of Boyz II Men's "End of the Road," LA singer-songwriter Andy Grammer asks if any of the men in the audience have ever sang a song to a girl over the phone. "Isn't She Lovely!" says one. "Brown-Eyed Girl!" says another one. "Wild Wild West!" shouts a third. Sexy! (Also, about three-quarters of the audience sang along and knew all of the words to "End of the Road").
7. Wilson's Office frenemy Mindy Kaling walks on stage dressed in layers that include plaid gloves, a flannel shirt, moccasins, a puffy vest, and a PBR stocking cap. "I thought this was how people in Seattle dressed!" she says. "I'm wearing an NPR shirt!" "You're like grunge threw up," says Wilson. Kaling's outfit is raffled off and tossed down to the winner, a guy named Ken.
8. About ten minutes later, Kaling appears sidestage unannounced. "I left my Blackberry in the pocket of that vest," she says. "Ken, can I get it back?" Ken gives it back.