Yo Gabba Gabba Live!

by anna on November 18, 2009

On Sunday morning, we took Mini to go see Yo Gabba Gabba Live at the Shrine Auditorium in LA. And even though Mini was probably initially disappointed that this “Gaga” show did not include an explosion of fake blood and a scantily clad woman(?) hanging from a noose, it was still pretty much awesome.

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Let me tell you, you would be hard-pressed to find a more hipster filled crowd at a kids show than the crowd at Yo Gabba Gabba Live. Why, if self-congratulatory irony could vomit all over the inside of an auditorium, well, then that would be about the same crowd you’d see at Yo Gabba Gabba Live.

In fact, if skinny jeans and henleys could somehow be repurposed as a vaccine for the H1N1 virus, then not only would everyone in the crowd have been immunized two times over just by showing up to this show, but also they would have generated enough surplus vaccine to stave off the swine flu from half of Southern California. That is one superfluously, ostentatiously hip crowd, my friends. But enough tortured metaphors — it wouldn’t be Los Angeles if we didn’t see some luminary of some kind, and we did recognize Tia Carrere there with her kids, which is probably not a sign of the apocalypse or anything but . . . well, let’s just say we didn’t see her at Disney Live!

Everybody got a pair of DJ Lance glasses on their seats, and naturally, Mini would have no part of them. Mr. Right-Click and I of course put them on stat. Mr. Right-Click also used the opportunity to flash an LA gang sign. The sign of LA, that is, not of any particular gang within LA proper.

During the “Gaga Show,” Mini sat on my shoulders so he could get a better view. For a little while, I thought maybe he wasn’t having fun, because he was so quiet. But then I remembered that when Mini goes unresponsive at some kind of spectacle, this means he really, really likes it.

At intermission, we got Mini a kids meal from the concession stand. This included a jelly sandwich. Yeah, that’s right, it was a jelly sandwich, not a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Look, that’s what they had. I don’t plan ahead and pack a lunch on weekends!

The big surprise of the show was when Snoop Dogg took the stage to teach us a dancy-dance called the “Peanut Butter Smash.” It’s possible the adults were most excited by this development. Here’s a clear photo of Snoop onstage via Rap-Up:

Here’s what my picture of the excitement looks like. Thank you iPhone 3G, for your consistent craptastic photo quality!

At the end of the show, we sang the Goodbye song along with DJ Lance and the gang. Except when Mini sings it, the chorus sounds more like “Dubai! Dubai! Dubai! Dubai!”

Mr. Right-Click and I then improvised and changed “Goodbye, see ya later, we had fun,” to “Dubai, they make islands in the ocean out . . . of . . . sand . . .” and “Dubai, they make islands in the ocean in the shape . . . of . . . the . . . globe.” Because you’re never so witty as when there is only a two-year old around to hear your smart ass remarks.


foradifferentkindofgirl (fadkog) November 18, 2009 at 7:07 am

Was it the REAL DJ Lance in the show? I ask purely as a parent who has, over the years, built up an extreme level of excitement in one or both of her children while waving tickets to various Dora LIVE!, Diego LIVE!, and/or Blue’s Clues LIVE! performances only to arrive at the venue and have them call me out on my deception as soon as the lights went down and the curtain raised. I’d pay good money for “A Boy and His Dog – Steve’s Triumphant Return to Blue’s Clues!” for sure.

anna November 18, 2009 at 8:46 am

Yes! That’s part of why it was so cool — it was the real DJ Lance, it was really Biz Markie, etc.

Lady Of The House November 18, 2009 at 9:19 am

Please tell me the people 2 rows in front were getting high. Did anyone hook up with Muno after the show? He has bumps for her pleasure. I am super jealous because if I had gone then I would stop biting my friends.

anna November 18, 2009 at 9:38 am

I think it’s safe to say that both Biz and Snoop were feeling no pain. But I don’t think that Muno hooked up with anyone, because he’s still afraid of the dark.

beth aka confusedhomemaker November 18, 2009 at 10:23 am

I believe the show was created for kids to rave out with at home. Mamacita loves it. Then again she also breaks out glo-sticks for the show, she’s onto their game. I’m also pretty sure she’s naturally on the same wave length that adults need that extra *kick* to get too.

And Mini on the Dubai thing, is on to something. I hear Dubai is the hot place to be.

Mr. Right-Click November 18, 2009 at 10:52 am

Was Mr. Right-Click pimpin’ a diamond pinkie ring in that picture at the Snopp Dogg/ Yo Gabba show? Why, yes he was. What up LOS ANGELES?! Dada is rocking the hizouse!

Becky November 18, 2009 at 11:51 am

You guys look rad in those glasses.

And I’m not surprised it was such a hipster crowd. There is just something about that show. And DJ Lance is just so damn watchable.

My kid also got fixated on the episode of Wow Wow Wubbzy (hate that show) that starred Beyonce.

Jenni November 18, 2009 at 11:53 am

Hahaha, skinny jean and henleys, LOVE IT!

Kate November 25, 2009 at 3:36 am

Really, Snoop was there? That must have been borderline surreal. Not as bad as if, say, William Shatner had appeared, but still–pretty trippy.

Sigh. Why doesn't Boston offer similarly entertaining experiences? If I see Disney on Ice one more time, I will…I don't know. Suffice it to say, it will be something BAD.

Alex December 3, 2009 at 11:43 pm

I went to see Yo Gabba Gabba in Melbourne last year and all we got was a runner-up from Australian Idol. So jealous you got Snoop Dogg!

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