Seattle native Nick Thune got his early training for standup working in front of the toughest crowds imaginable: high school and junior high students. After overcoming alcohol addiction at an early age, he began lecturing about substance abuse at school assemblies and realized his talent for working a room. This prepared him well for open mics and shows at music venues, where he began playing silly songs on the guitar and eventually incorporated standup material into his act. Now Thune is a rising star with a Comedy Central Presents, a pair of Tonight Show appearances, and a modest list of film credits under his belt. (He played bit parts in Knocked Up and the recently released Extract, and has a role in the upcoming sports comedy Whiffler: The Ted Whitfield Story.) His lighthearted hipster persona and penchant for non-sequiturs recalls so-called alt-comics like Zach Galifianakis and Demetri Martin, two other quirky young guys toting musical instruments, but his more straightforward approach and aging Tiger Beat-model looks are reminiscent of novelty songster Stephen Lynch.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sept. 18-19, 10:30 p.m. Starts: Sept. 15. Continues through Sept. 19, 2009