Greg Giraldo is perhaps the most popular and ubiquitous performer on Comedy Central to never find success with his own show. But although his own vehicles didn't quite gain traction, he's omnipresent, appearing regularly on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Lewis Black's Root of All Evil, his own standup specials, and the popular celebrity roasts. That bit of tough luck (relatively speaking) may be Giraldo's loss, but it's standup's gain; not only is he a welcome guest on Comedy Central programs and late-night talk shows like Late Night with Conan O'Brien, but he's one of the sharpest performers in the country. The blueprint for Giraldo's act is evident in his backstory: The New York native was an Ivy Leaguer who briefly worked as a lawyer before turning to a career in comedy. That fancy book learning shows in his sharp wit and often devastating observations, but his humor also has the broadness and brashness of a streetwise city boy. He's equally adept at dissecting society's moral and political shortcomings as well as hurling some of the crudest and cleverest insults in the business. (A favorite line: At 2008's verbal assault on Bob Saget, Giraldo quipped to fellow comic Gilbert Gottfried, "You have the sex appeal of a school-bus fire.") Giraldo's weekend performance, also featuring fast-rising Twin Cities comedian Jessi Campbell, is the first major event at the House of Comedy, and it promises to be a spectacular one. 18+; late shows 21+.
Sept. 11-12, 8 & 10:30 p.m., 2009