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Ron Funches (multiple showtimes)

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

One would think a quick glance at a comedian's resume—a great go-to when their LinkedIn is out of date—would be indicative of what to expect at their stand-up appearances. But Ron Funches' work on Portlandia, Drunk History, Bob's Burgers, and especially Kroll Show implies a fair amount of coyness, satirical leanings, and general unpredictability. Although he is not exactly a household name, Funches has garnered a fair amount of press that has very little to do with his comedy career: He speaks openly about having lost nearly 150 pounds, raising an autistic son, and his love for videogames. Together, these facets of his persona reveal a man who is versatile, thoughtful, introspective, and ultimately, for lack of a better word, "quirky." Memorable appearances as a showcased stand-up include frequent turns on Conan, where Funches has demonstrated his comfort and deftness with deflating controversial topics with concepts and approaches that in themselves are worth laughing at in their absurdity, and bold in their execution. For example, this 2014 appearance in which Funches breaks down multiple musings on how many black tuba players in a recital is too many black tuba players: "Three black tuba players is a lot of black tuba players. If you see more than five black tuba players, you're watching an Outkast video."  —David Wolinsky

Earlier Event: September 14
Juiceboxxx, Time, Cop Circles