Late as hell but as promised to at least 1 person, here are my extensive thoughts on Interactive Introverts (Evening Edition)
Let's start by saying that I thought it was overall a lovely show and that I enjoyed watching it. Those 20 euros for my balcony ticket were worth it yo. The set takes 'pretty things hurt' to heart, because while the set is absolutely stunning, I also kept being afraid that they would trip and break their damn necks. The show itself was a genuinely fun experience, but it did have its highs and lows. As others have said previously, the second half of the show was truly superior. The fist half is amusing enough, but it's long, repetitive and just not very interesting. If I had gone in without any spoilers I might have been a bit disappointed by the time I reached the break.
I liked their Amsterdam monologue, even if there's nothing groundbreaking about Phil eating 2.5 stroopwafels or almost getting run over by Amsterdam's Cyclists Of Death. But I like it when D&P tell little stories because it's something they're genuinely good at and I enjoy listening. I kinda wish that the show had more of a story telling aspect to it, it'd be so nice.
I also liked the Things That Dan And Phil Will Not Do On Stage bit, but hot damn that's when the screaming
really started. Especially at the police roleplay bit and the 'stripping'. My left ear still hasn't recovered, my right ear is slowly getting there.
Truth Bombs wasn't great, it doesn't get more scandalous than houseplants and furries. Yawn. The thing that amused me the most was seeing the name 'Gareth' with one of the answers. Gareth is not a Dutch name. At all. In fact, I looked it up on the Meertens Instituut website and about 17 whole men in The Netherlands have that name. And one of them just happened to be one of the few men in the audience who was also lucky enough to get his answer chosen. Hmmmmmmm...
The Simulation part was long, boring and just didn't make much sense to me? It kinda stopped being amusing halfway through and I would have kept zoning out if it wasn't for all the SCREAMING that was necessary for that part. I felt like the audience was pretty into it though, so that was good. For them. I lol'd at the Horse Prince joke, I didn't like those videos but I appreciated it anyway.
The Experiment was ok. I don't remember 'our' dog (sorry dog), but the box part was very well done even though the audience wasn't particularly adventurous with their answers. I'm not even asking for someone to shout 'monster dildo' or anything (jk that's exactly what i'm asking), just something a little more interesting. Almost nobody sitting around me looked for the key under their chair btw.
The Survey is also long and boring, but it leads to The Wheel so we forgive her. The audience were a bunch of Dangirls apparently, because poor Phil got sacrificed on the wheel. I had hoped for it to be Dan (I just really feel Phil's motion sickness ok?) it was still brilliant. Dan got pretty close to hitting Phil in the dick as well.
At the end when Phil was trying to get his suit off, the audience were being a bunch of horny bastards and screaming with every little wriggle he made. I totally didn't do that, obviously. Ahum.
Wholesome Howell and X-Rated Lester was fine. Not one of the best parts of the show, but still very amusing. Dan trying to be positive about the apocalypse by calling humans a plague wasn't very wholesome tho.
The Dan vs. Phil Friendship Test, aka The One Where They Shock Each Other was one of my favorite parts. I'm not sure what that says about me lol. Dan's proud Phil Trashiness jumped out by being able to name 3 of Phil's old vidoes, and he made a comment about what a scary billionaire Phil would be. Y'all know I'm a hoe for Phil and money jokes.
Meanwhile Phil got the big shock and between that and The Wheel, he really had rough show that night. I hope he got himself an extra stroopwafel after the show. Or downed that entire thing of sweets that the Rai gave them.
Real Conversation Time isn't super interesting, it's obviously a bit of a breather between the more intense parts. But it does allow for some cute and more natural bants, which I did enjoy. Phil sat really close to the edge on one side of the stage which made it kinda hard for people on the balcony to see him, so everyone in front of me was half standing up which made it even harder and that was distracting. So I just watched Dan sitting pretty in my field of vision.
The only thing I really remember about The Awards were their mesmerizing sparkly jackets lol. I like shiny things.
BUT THEN. There was Phil's diss track. I really expected to both be amazed AND cringe into a puddle under my chair but the latter did not happen. Something I noticed about Phil in general that he seemed a lot more confident on stage than during TATINOF or most other public speaking things that he has done in the past. He's still not really sure what to do with his arms sometimes, but there's less nervous fist clenching and he seems more relaxed. And it really helps him deliver that diss track perfectly. The crowd went wild for it, and I loved it. There's nothing better than hearing Phil loudly yell 'BITCH' in a room full of people.
Speaking of not cringing into a puddle, I also held up during the closing song. I still literally can't make it through The Internet Is Here, but Interactive Introverts was just so lovely and felt more genuine. Dan did great at the piano (not that I know shit about it), and they still can't sing but they were cute so who cares? You learn to ignore vocals as a kpop fan IT'S FINE
And then it was over.
A last note is that although they go on a tangent about showing the 'real' Dan and Phil at the beginning, there's not much of that. They still firmly stick to their formula and when they stray from it, it's just as scripted as their usual stuff. I didn't expect much of that anyway so it's fine, but it's still odd to get something pretty different from what they were advertising only minutes earlier. As far as their relationship with their audience goes, people pointed out that it kinda felt like getting scolded and I can see where people are coming from but it's also not the first time I've had that feeling (hello Dan liveshows) so it didn't bother me that much. Ultimately everything they did on that stage was their choice so whatever.
Anyway, I had a good time and the boys seemed to have a good time as well, so I'm so glad I went. Sometimes the show seemed a bit all over the place with all the various segments and there were some segments that just didn't land for me, but in a way that is pretty representative for my general Phannie experience. Not all their videos are my cup of tea either and I sometimes question their decisions, but I still have good time.