“Stand up comedy is an art form, and it dies unless you expand it.” – Sam Kinison
I became a fan of stand up comedy in 2008 after witnessing the amazing Louis C.K. perform at the Orange Peel. Never one for airline jokes, Louis C.K.’s unique brand of self-deprecating humor instilled in me a deep appreciation for the comedian who is brave enough to make himself the butt of the joke. It seems that comedy has been enjoying a renaissance in Asheville, as more local venues are showcasing local and national comedic talent.
This Thursday, the Grey Eagle will host comedian Eugene Mirmam, named by Paste Magazine as one of the 10 best comedians of the last decade. Mirman became a household name thanks to the success of the Fox series “Bob’s Burgers,” as he voices the unashamedly awkward musical prodigy that shares his first name. He is specifically performing in rock venues on this tour, which makes the Grey Eagle an ideal choice.
Science buffs may recognize Mirman’s witty asides and pithy commentary from the rock star physicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson show “Star Talk Live.” With a nod to the uncomfortable and the brilliant, this event is sure to appeal to the awkward adolescent in everyone. Mirman’s stand up promises imaginative insight and audience participation, as Mirman has been known to improvise answers to bizarre questions posed by attendees.
Time to ward off this winter with a hearty laugh!