Are we, as a nation, depressed? Or are we becoming laugh connoisseurs in a joy-based world? The lineup of dudes appearing tonight through Saturday -- Joe DeRosa, Joe Mande, and Sammy Obeid -- offers you an enjoyable range of stand-up styles, starting with the classic delivery of DeRosa -- who in the video clip above shares his thoughts about (and some advice to) Justin Bieber.
Sammy Obeid is the one local in the lineup. From him you'll get disarmingly funny talk about race. In the clip above, you'll learn whether he's Lebanese, lesbian, white, or Mexican. (He has since cut his hair shorter -- and we still can't tell.)
Joe Mande offers absurdist not-gonna-take-it-anymore skewering. If
you are a fan of websites, maybe you've checked out locally grown social
connection hub Twitter. Ol' Joe Mande has used Twitter to one of its
best ends, which is to harass corporations and politicians just gettin'
in touch with regular people. Mind-blowing though it may be, Hellmann's
mayonnaise has an account, and they're closing in on 600 followers. We
feel Hellmann's to be a deeply brilliant mayonnaise, but wow! It just
doesn't feel right. In a world where we have so little control over how
corporations commandeer our visual field and brain space, it's
reassuring to have smart minds like Mande's responding to the inane
inquiries and casual banter of big business acting like folks. Tonight's
show delivers the laughs you desire and the rebellion you crave.
Sammy Obeid and Joe Mande open for Joe DeRosa Feb. 16 through 19 at the Punch Line. Admission is $21.
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