New Hampshire native Jamie Kaler isn't sure how he became a standup comic. He had a happy childhood, loving parents, and only the occasional run-in with a school bully. Of his own child-rearing skills, however, he's uncertain. "I know I'm too stupid to have kids," he tells an audience, "and a lot of people can't admit that. I remember the day I learned that vividly. It was the day I locked my keys in my car, with the engine running. I'm staring at the car going 'I didn't just do that.' This gene pool dies here. How did I even survive this long?" Actually, Kaler can take care of himself, as he was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy. Between his time in the military and his career on stage, he had a day job as bartender and was a self-described beach bum. Now, though, Kaler is quite busy. In addition to his standup career, he is an accomplished actor, and is currently a series regular on the TBS original sitcom My Boys, playing Mike Callahan. He also frequently does improv work with the Acme Comedy Company in L.A.
Oct. 1-4, 8 p.m.; Oct. 3-4, 10:30 p.m., 2008