Catch Brent Weinbach @ Comix TONIGHT (and on tour)
I am seriously kicking myself inside and out right now for forgetting to mention that one of my favorite west coast comedians is doing a one-off NYC-area headlining show at Comix TONIGHT(!!) (10/7). San Francisco based comedian Brent Weinbach is one of the most brilliant and unique comedians I have ever seen... and I've only seen him live once. To quote my earlier self (with words I lifted from his website),
Brent Weinbach's stand-up comedy is weird. He does a lot of characters, he's physical, and his humor is absurd. Here are some other words to describe Weinbach: deadpan, silly, obscure, unconventional, smart, stupid, post-modern, grass roots, Berlin, 1980's, tennis, bike riding, Virgo, Rygar, etc.
The word 'scary' should be in there too....
Also, I know what you're thinking right now; "I don't like comedy clubs. I don't like two item minimums." You shut that mouth. His performances are spectacles not to be missed. And to be perfectly honest, I'd absolutely sit in a club surrounded by cheap shoes, Wall Street Bro-Out parties, fanny packs, bachelorette parties, and a 12-item minimum, ESPECIALLY if it was his only NYC appearance.
The long-awaited follow-up to 2004's Tales from the Brown Side (out of print), The Night Shift continues in the same tradition of unconventional comedy albums as his debut - studio pieces in the style of Joe Frank (a noted influence on Weinbach), live material recorded at San Francisco's legendary Purple Onion, unhinged answering machine messages and some (non-comedic) songs that call to mind Tin Pan Alley. While this might paint Weinbach as someone uninterested in the conventional comedy album, much of The Night Shift is irresistibly funny - silly, surprising and oddly relatable from someone renowned for being strange.
Earlier this same evening Brett is/was on WFMU @ UCB.
He's been on tour since September 11th, 2009. The rest of his shows, including tonight, are below.
Oct. 7: Comix, New York City
Oct. 9: Flicker Theatre, Athens, GA
Oct. 10: 529 Club, Atlanta, GA
Oct. 19-25: Okinawa Military Base, Japan
Nov. 4: Chop Suey, Seattle (Laff Hole presents)
Nov. 6: Bagdad Theater, Portland, OR
Nov. 17-21: Cap City, Austin, TX