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Fat Possum

June 15, 2006
I am a huge fucking nerd. I was one of those kids who played Dungeons & Dragons from the time I was about eight years old on. I have collected comics. I have read a lot of science fiction. Currently I am known to geek out about Asian shock-cinema and/or indie music on an almost daily basis. I am not ashamed to be such a huge dork, but it was nice to hear Brian Posehn's new comedy album, which was a helpful reminder of why there is no shame in my game. Live In: Nerd Rage! is a nice blend of insightful musings and hilariously perverse irreverence by one of the geekiest guys ever to walk (read: stalk) the comedy stage.

This show was recorded on the Comedians of Comedy Tour, which was documented in episodes on Comedy Central, in its entirety on Showtime, and here at LAS in a Eugene Mirman feature on Tuesday. The tour featured Posehn, Zach Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford and guests like Mirman touring comedy clubs across America. Dubbed the Comedians of Comedy in part because the comedians involved favor humor that does not always have the wider, lower brow appeal of something like The Blue Collar Comedy Tour or whatever jack-ass bullshit Dane Cook is doing. The Comedians of Comedy is indeed comedy for comedians, and frankly, a sharper audience. While members of the troupe most certainly aren't above dick and fart jokes, they strive to make more intellectual humor than, say, Larry the Cable Guy and his happy to be ignorant, "Git' Er Done" shtick. In fact, it's the merger of intellectual and potty humor that Posehn revels in.

Brian Posehn is, physically speaking, enormous. His stage persona seems to channel the aura of The Hills Have Eyes' Michael Berryman and Chewbacca's retarded lovechild. Like Berryman, Posehn is tall and slightly freakish looking; when he yells, the warble he omits is not dissimilar to something that might be heard echoing down the halls of the Millennium Falcon. Don't let the menacing looks and deep voice fool you though - Brian Posehn is a smart mofo, certainly not someone to underestimate. I think much of the rage he feels and discusses in his live routine is likely the direct result of his having been picked on for being a nerd, or born of the frustration of having been handled with social detachment simply because he didn't look like a Harvard grad. Today, at 38 years of age, Posehn admittedly still collects comics, loves the initial Star Wars Trilogy and rocks out to death metal. Which means he still gets shit from people for all of those things and still experiences some degree of social detachment, and is thus is filled with Nerd Rage!

Thankfully that rage is put to good use, providing some hilarious moments: Brian's dog takes some liberties with Brian's wife that a "bro" just shouldn't take, George Lucas gets compared to a dirty uncle and apparently the lead singer of WASP is an asshole. For any Mr. Show fans who might be reading it bears pointing out that the disc also features the reunion of Titanica, not to mention Posehn on lead vocals for a fantasy metal band called, of course, Posehn.

A comedy album that will someday be secreted from parents' collections for clandestine listens by underage kids, mouths agape and giggling, Live In: Nerd Rage! is on par with classic recordings by George Carlin and Richard Pryor and, more recently, albums by Bill Hicks and Posehn's Mr. Show associate, David Cross. I rate it an 8.5 out of 10 and recommend that you pick it up for a listen. It will make you laugh.

SEE ALSO: www.brianposehn.com
SEE ALSO: www.comedycentral.com/shows/comedians_of_comedy

Jon Burke
A contributing writer and a Chicago resident who will not be goaded by LASís editor into revealing any more details about his potentially sordid affairs.

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