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Barry Rothbart (multiple showtimes)


  • Comedy Club on State 202 State Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Stand-up comedians tend to have resumes full of odd entries, but Barry Rothbart’s goes from Punk’d to The Wolf Of Wall Street to Downward Dog, a strange new sitcom on ABC about a talking dog and its owner (which is apparently on shaky ground after just a few episodes). Despite these off-beat extracurriculars, Rothbart is first and foremost a damn fine stand-up with a penchant for crass absurdity and a charming approach oversharing. He sports a beard and a plaid shirt in most of his clips, so you might not be able to pick him out of a dude-comic lineup, but once he’s on stage his presence and cheerily edgy material sets him apart from the pack. Danny Solomon features and Phil Davidson hosts. —Chris Lay