Some comedians embrace the artifice of the stage and a spotlight as an oath to tell the truth, the whole truth, and only the truth. Championed early in his career by the ever-avuncular Bob Odenkirk, Los Angeles comedian Nick Thune has taken his time to settle on an intriguing onstage sleight of hand: embracing the absurdity of performing as a lens on life itself. Cultivating a mixture of sarcasm, deadpan, and wit that you're likely worn out on by now, Thune digs deep on the banality of modern life and the alienation of people trying to relate with clotheslines of pop-culture references.
But, to be clear, Thune doesn't take himself or this position too seriously—which is good, because his comedy would be utterly depressing if he did. It's a strange spectrum, but recently on both ends of it are 2016's Good Guy and perhaps the gimmickiest podcast in the era of gimmicky podcasts, "Do You Know Who Jason Segel Is?" In the latter, Thune and stand-up Brendon Walsh literally randomly call all over the world to see if they are familiar with the screenwriter-actor. (Many aren't.) In the former, Thune spoofs people congratulating themselves for starting on journeys of self-improvement: "I wanna be a good guy, and that should be your first clue that I'm a bad guy. Good guys don't say that." —David Wolinsky
Other showings on Feb 16 at 8:00 pm and 10:30 pm, Feb 17 at 8:00 pm and 10:30 pm.