FRIDAY 21-SUNDAY 23
COMEDY: Brad Wenzel
I wasnt necessarily the class clown, but I did like to make people laugh, says comedian Brad Wenzel. When I was 15, I started writing jokes, but didnt tell anyone. About a year later, my cousin Charlie said I should do stand-up and offered to drive me to an open mic. That kind of gave me the extra push to try it. Before becoming a headliner, he featured for folks like Brian Posehn, Kathleen Madigan, Gilbert Gottfried, Pete Holmes, Louie Anderson, Jerrod Carmichael and Patton Oswalt. The latter gave him some interesting insight. He told me something interesting about the myth of a horrible childhood being a requirement for comedy, Wenzel says. He said, I know some really hilarious people with totally normal childhoods, and I also know people with horrible childhoods who arent funny at all. Wenzels album, Sweet Nothings
, is available from Third Man Records. Through Sunday. $8-$14. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, gobananascomedy.com.