Well here's the whole review from VARIETY from last night's Chicago show... the bar was lowered so far, there were no expectations...
With a demo of people who worship a fat-ass Kartrashian, a pickled fake Guidette, and autotune, it makes you understand how easy it was to get a standing, YES, standing ovation... they gave him one... or the whole audience stood to fart at the same time...
The crowd had a few boisterous fans who were always screaming for his attention, and drinking too much. The best line of the evening didn't come from Sheen but from the woman behind me: "Not a place I'd want to pick up a guy."
Just when the initial reports of his live tour convince you Charlie Sheen has begun his final descent into drug-addled dementia, he makes you ponder ever so slightly whether the opening debacle in Detroit was part of the Warlock's grand plan. It wasn't, but it had the effect of lowering expectations so far that even changing the format to a dull semi-interview -- a series of softball questions that he avoids answering -- seems like an accomplishment. He didn't get booed off the stage in Chicago. By those standards, it ain't that hard to proclaim yourself "Winning."
Given Sheen's sense of self-perfection -- he has Adonis DNA, after all -- it's interesting to see him so obviously listening to the judgment of critics (and booing audiences) from the opening night perf. Overnight, he ditched everything. The opening comic -- gone. All film clips -- gone. The long rant from behind a lectern -- gone. The Goddesses -- they appeared for no more than a few seconds.
Of course, destroying content is easy; creating it is hard. So he decided not to. Instead, after an opening written monologue from Sheen that talked of having gone through a war -- "I'm speaking of course about last night in Detroit" -- an unidentified interviewer sat next to the constantly smoking Sheen and lobbed him big fat opportunities to reveal something… anything.
It went something like this:
Interviewer: "Tell us about being married." Sheen: "Marriage sucks."
Interviewer: "Aspen." Sheen: "You mean that whole knife thing? I don't know if I can get into that."
Interviewer: "Tell us about your love for baseball." "What's not to love?"
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