By lineup alone, the first Festival Supreme wasn’t revolutionary. Sure, it was stacked. In fact, it looked like one of the best comedy fests ever curated, with huge movie stars (Adam Sandler, Zach Galifianakis), troupe reunions (Mr. Show, The Mighty Boosh), and some music festival veterans (Tim & Eric, Tenacious D themselves). But the actual vision of Festival Supreme was something more specific, and even more special.
Tenacious D, otherwise known as Jack Black and Kyle Gass, had created an event in the same manner that Yahweh created Adam in the Old Testament: in its own image. Unlike most music festivals where comedy and music were segregated, here it was offered up simultaneously, the ethos of the band expanded to an entire event. Sandler brought his acoustic guitar and played songs. Fred Armisen appeared as character “Ian Rubbish” performing a set of punk songs. Maya Rudolph showed up with her Prince cover band Princess. The day was conceived with a vision that wasn’t readily apparent from just reading names on a poster.